Mechanical Design Engineer

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Technical/Engineering
Full Time Salary: £33,963 to £39,955 per annum (Discretionary range to £42,353)
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 30/08/2020
Ref No: 10380

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 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.

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities and talented staff are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research.

About the Role

We now have several opportunities for experienced Mechanical Design Engineers to join our Engineering team in the development of innovative equipment that enables world class scientific research to take place at Diamond.

The Engineering team plays a key role in the design, development and construction of the Accelerators and Beamlines that generate and transport light to the scientific samples. For more information on Engineering careers within Diamond you may wish to watch one of our videos –

The role is responsible for:

  • Working closely with internal and external scientific and engineering staff to produce mechanical designs for projects.
  • Applying knowledge of thermal design in the management of heat loads on actively cooled components.
  • Using CAE design tools such as AutoCAD and Creo to produce engineering information, such as 3D models, assembly drawings and detailed manufacturing drawings.
  • Applying Geometric Tolerances and dimensions in the production of detailed manufacturing information.
  • Using simulation and analysis, in order to verify engineering designs.
  • Preparation of technical information in support of procurement activities.
  • Contributing to hazard analysis and risk assessment exercises.
  • Maintaining and updating engineering drawings and documentations on projects.

Occasional travel will be required.

About You

Suitable candidates should be qualified to degree level in Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics or demonstrate equivalent working experience.

All candidates should demonstrate significant experience in mechanical engineering, with excellent working knowledge of engineering drawings, along with experience in designing complex mechanisms and structures ranging from small devices with nanometre resolution to much larger fabricated structures.

You will also have experience in the design of precision motion systems, understanding of structural integrity and strength of materials, and knowledge and understanding of different manufacturing techniques and their applications.

You will display excellent communication and interpersonal skills to interact with scientists, fellow engineers and stakeholders.


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

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Diamond is a thriving international organisation, attracting a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world. Our staff currently comprises 39 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us.

Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until these vacancies are filled.

Other information

Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements and secondment opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 39 different nationalities.  Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (78% men and 22% women as at 5 April 2019). Therefore, in accordance with law and good practice, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women.

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level One.

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