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Senior Mechanical Project Engineer

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Senior Mechanical Project Engineer

Harwell, Oxfordshire

Salary £43,790 - £51,517 dependent upon skills and experience

Full time / Flexible hours

Ref: 10715 

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. Engineering at Diamond enables our scientists to use synchrotron light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology. 

At Diamond we are currently planning a major upgrade of the facility, known as Diamond-II. Diamond-II will combine a new machine and new beamlines with a comprehensive series of upgrades to optics, detectors, sample environments, sample delivery capabilities and computing, which will ultimately generate an even more brilliant light source at a higher energy. 

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 the development of beamlines, many of which are supporting research in life science including work directly related to COVID-19, as well as making a significant contribution to the Diamond-II upgrade.

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

About You

You 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. 

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

You will display 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 experienced in managing 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. 

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


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. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable. 

To Apply

Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role. 

Diamond is a thriving international organisation, attracting a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world. Our staff currently comprises 44 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us. 

The initial closing date will be 23rd of January 2022, however, applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis.