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We now have an opportunity for an experienced Senior Mechanical project Engineer to join our team developing state of the art facilities to deliver ground breaking scientific research.

Senior Mechanical Project Engineer

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary £43,790 to £59,245 per annum dependent upon qualifications and experience

Full time / Permanent - Flexible hours considered


Are you looking for a change and want to help tackle some of the big issues challenging us today?

Reducing the cost of the next generation of batteries?

Better diagnosis for brain cancer?

Supporting research around COVID-19?

As an Engineer at Diamond you could have a critical role working with leading scientists to tackle some of these big issues?

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology

Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities.

About the Role

We now have an opportunity for an experienced Senior Mechanical project Engineer to join our team developing state of the art facilities to deliver ground breaking scientific research.

This role is to work on development of beamlines, many of which are supporting research in life science including work directly related to COVID-19.

You will play a critical role in working collaboratively with scientists, technicians and other engineers, leading a small team of Engineering designers.

Diamond is planning a major upgrade of the facility, known as Diamond-II, which will generate an even more brilliant light source at a higher energy. This role will play a significant part in contributing to the upgrade.

About You

Candidates should have substantial experience in the delivery of unique complex scientific equipment including developing specifications, concept designs, taking detailed designs through to manufacture, testing, installation and commissioning.

Good communication skills is critical and the ability to discuss ideas, present possible solutions, debate and collaborate at all stages of the projects is essential.

You will have experience in designing systems that operate under challenging conditions such as Ultra High Vacuum and cryogenic temperatures.

You will display the excellent knowledge of engineering drawings and 3D modelling systems and familiar with modern manufacturing methods including additive manufacturing techniques

You will be confident in doing design risk assessments and understand the requirements of such directives as the Machinery Directive.

You will be expected to manage projects and be used to manage all stages of the project including contract supervision and tendering

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or related subject

Want to know more?

If you are interested have a look at some of the work we are doing by going to If you are unsure if you are suitable or want to chat please contact:

The closing date for applications is 7th March 2021 however, however applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis until this vacancy is filled.


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