Mechanical Design Engineer

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Technical/Engineering
Full Time Salary: £33,963 to £42,353 per annum
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 22/08/2021
Ref No: 10593

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.

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About the Role

We now have an opportunity for an experienced Mechanical Design Engineer 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.

The role is responsible for:

  • Using CAE design tools such as PTC Creo and AutoCAD (2D) to produce engineering information, such as 3D models, assembly drawings and detailed manufacturing drawings.
  • Preparing manufacturing drawings using Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing according to BS8888 and other relevant BS standards.
  • Applying knowledge of structural, precision engineering and thermal design where required to design reliable products.
  • Using hand calculations and finite element analysis, in order to verify engineering designs.
  • Working closely with internal and external scientific and engineering staff to produce mechanical designs for projects.
  • 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.

This position will also make a significant contribution to the Diamond-II upgrade.

About You

You should demonstrate significant experience in mechanical engineering design, 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 should be qualified to degree level in Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics or demonstrate equivalent working experience.

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***

As part of your application, please attach an additional document of maximum 1 side of A4 consisting of text (max 250 words) and images to describe the most challenging or exciting engineering project you have been involved in, in the workplace since finishing your academic studies.

Your example should describe the particular technical challenges faced and your specific responsibilities; such as your role, what you delivered/achieved, any major problems or difficulties and how you overcame them, and any technical solutions you wish to use to highlight your suitability for this role.

Please use the ‘Publications List’ option to attach your document this when applying.

The initial closing date will be 22nd August 2021, however, applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis.

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 44 different nationalities.  Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (77% men and 23% women as at March 2021). 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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