Graduate Trainee - Graduate Mechanical Engineer

STFC’s award winning graduate scheme offers structured training, a real job with real responsibilities from day one and a direct route to professional accreditation. It will allow you to use your degree in a dynamic, creative and collaborative culture.

STFC are recruiting mechanical and mechatronic engineers within three of our Departments, located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

The ISIS neutron and muon source is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. Professional engineers maintain and enhance the facility to ensure it remains a world leading facility.
Opportunities exist within the ISIS Design Division which provides professional engineering across the complete ISIS Neutron Science facility from the accelerator, targets, neutron beam-lines and specialist user equipment.
The graduate positions will require you to; deliver engineering solutions for scientific requirements, to be involved in each aspect of the delivery process from engineering concept, design, procurement, installation/commissioning, testing to final reporting, produce concepts, designs and engineering drawings through the use of 2D & 3D CAD systems and to create and manage specifications based on customer requirements.


The Technology department provides advanced technology and engineering in support in high profile international projects and scientific research facilities.  Their expertise lies in the design, manufacture and operation of advanced detectors and instrumentation. 
Opportunities exist within the Project Engineering Group which undertakes projects within the experimental facilities which STFC operates and hosts; ISIS, Diamond Light Source, CERN plus many more. 
This position will require you to work with, and understand, the requirements of projects set by the customers.  You will be required to produce FEA analyses/calculations to validate designs, work with Scientists to develop novel technological solutions and oversee the installation and commissioning of novel scientific equipment.

RAL Space has a long-standing heritage of excellence in space-flight stretching back over 50 years and with significant involvement in over 200 space missions. 

Mechanical Engineering Group within RAL Space requires a graduate mechanical engineer to join the team of engineers working on a number of different projects which will involve: designing of space and ground-based hardware plus associated test equipment from concept through to production, testing and delivery. Supervision of the mechanical aspects of assembly, integration and testing, taking a hands-on approach where appropriate. Contribution to the creation of proposals for new projects with conceptual CAD models, analyses, cost, mass and schedule estimates.

The Thermal Engineering Group within RAL Space requires Space Systems Thermal Engineers to join them designing, developing and testing spacecraft scientific payloads, ground-based space instruments and calibration equipment. The main duty of this role will be to use sound mechanical engineering principles to develop thermal control systems; from initial concept designs through in-depth design and specification, to hardware assembly. A key part of this work will be to perform computer based analysis (using the ‘ESATAN-TMS’ software) and hand calculations to predict and verify the thermal performance of the instruments and as tools to optimise their thermal control systems.

All applicants will be considered for each post available. If selected you may be contacted by more than one Hiring Manager to undertake a telephone interview, the first stage of the selection process.

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