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Graduate Mechanical Engineer

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About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding.

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We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities.

You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology.

Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking. And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world.

We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

We are looking for a Graduate Mechanical Engineer to help us develop advanced technology for large scientific facilities, such as particle accelerators and lasers. Your role in the Projects and Mechanical Engineering (PME) group will involve the design, analysis and procurement of systems for sites in the UK and worldwide.

The PME group is based at Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire. We specialise in mechanical engineering and project management for research facilities and work closely with other groups across the laboratory to deliver complex, multi-disciplinary projects. Recently, we have worked on projects for the Large Hadron Collider upgrade at CERN, the European Spallation Source in Sweden and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment in the USA. 

The Graduate Scheme

The STFC Graduate scheme will give you the opportunity to really pursue your interests and passion early in your journey with us, supported by technical training and a broader programme of career support and training and development. 

Our dedicated Graduate Development Team will provide the right combination of challenge and support throughout, helping you achieve your ambitions. We know that professional recognition is also important to you too, so we will provide mentoring and expertise to help you achieve valued qualifications or chartered status in your chosen field.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

We expect that your first projects will involve the development of cryogenic systems for scientific facilities in the UK. You will work closely with other project team members and your duties will include:

  • Collaborating with internal team members, customers and suppliers to specify, deliver and review scientific projects
  • Providing engineering input into the mechanical design, manufacturing, testing and commissioning of engineering systems
  • Performing mechanical and thermal analysis of designs by using analytical models and finite element analysis
  • Creating CAD models and detailed engineering drawings with software such as Solid Edge or PTC Creo
  • Producing written documentation, such as design reports, test procedures and risk assessments

You will initially be expected to carry out all your work on-site but there may be an opportunity to transfer to a hybrid working pattern after the probationary period. 

In order to apply for the role we are looking for the following:

Essential:

  • You’ll need to have, or be on course to achieve, a minimum 2:1 degree, in a relevant field of study 
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK at time of starting employment
  • Have an understanding of how to perform the engineering design of a system 
  • Have a basic understanding of topics related to mechanical engineering, including, classical mechanics, thermal engineering, electrical engineering, magnetism, materials science and mathematics 
  • Have good written communication skills 
  • Be able to work effectively in a team 
  • Can demonstrate problem solving and creative thinking 
  • Be sufficiently motivated and organised to successfully complete tasks 

Desirable: 

  • Have experience with coding 
  • Have experience with finite element analysis 
  • Have experience using CAD packages 
  • Be willing to make short visits overseas for international project meetings 

Part of our application process involves submitting your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should address your suitability for the opportunity based how you meet each essential criteria stated in this advert.

We would recommend you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close this vacancy once we have received sufficient applications.

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’. 

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.  

Benefits

STFC offers a benefits package crafted to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas closure and flexible working hours. 

  • Work Life Balance
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Subsidised restaurant and coffee outlets
  • Paid Emergency Leave

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded.

Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: October 30th, 2022
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Starting Salary: £27,938 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Warrington (Cheshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical
  • Software

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