Mechanical Design Engineer

Mechanical Design Engineer

Fixed Term, Full Time

Ocean Technology & Engineering Group (OTEG) National Oceanographic Centre (NOC), Southampton


About the role:

We are seeking a talented Mechanical Design Engineer to help drive further innovation, development and commercialisation of our current and future microfluidic sensor technologies and other oceanographic sensing and sampling equipment. Working as a member of the mechanical design office, you will be part of an existing wider team of forty research staff, engineering staff and graduate students equipped with world class fabrication, testing and design facilities together with instrumentation and analytical laboratories and access to sea going and polar research logistics.

You will make full use of your knowledge of engineering materials and their properties and have a broad knowledge of relevant manufacturing techniques. You will use your skills in classical and computer aided design, analysis and simulation to take a responsible role in ensuring that designs are optimised and fit for purpose in the demanding and hostile marine environment.

Your work will encompass the complete design and development cycle from rudimentary concept through prototyping, detail design, production of engineering drawings and parts lists, build and test and on to deployable systems. You may have opportunity to support these systems at sea or at other field locations as part of a commissioning team.

You will work closely with OTEG’s Electronics and Software, Multidisciplinary and Analytical Science teams and you will be expected to share your mechanical experience with and offer support to these teams to maintain a fully integrated development group. Similarly, you will take full advantage of the wider expertise in the group to enhance your own work through a broader understanding and appreciation of OTEG’s wider remit.


The salary for this position will be between £28,200 and £30,600 per annum (Band 6). Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

Please note, we are not able to sponsor candidates for this role, who require a right to work in the UK.

Hours of Work: 

The hours of working are 37 per week (full time).

About you:

We are seeking applicants who can demonstrate a track record of innovative, elegant design solutions for a range of applications using the latest research and computer aided design and analysis. You will have a broad spectrum of skills and have a flexible approach, demonstrating your ability to deliver novel solutions to complex problems and to quickly master new techniques. You will be creative and forward-thinking in seeking solutions to apparently conventional engineering problems in non-conventional ways.

Ideally you will also have experience in the design of test procedures and setup of test apparatus, including competent use of measurement equipment and instrumentation, in order to carry out ‘real-world’ performance testing of your designs against agreed requirement specifications.

Competence in the use of Autodesk Inventor 2015 or a very similar 3D solid modelling CAD package is essential. Demonstrable experience in the design of pressure tolerant and corrosion resistant mechatronic devices for the marine environment would be a distinct advantage, as would experience of patent writing and other commercialisation activities. A degree or equivalent experience in Mechanical Engineering or closely related discipline is essential.

What we can offer you:

We are committed to making the NOC a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off and free car-parking. Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

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About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.  Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Kevin Saw ( by email only.

From April 2018, the NOC, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation.  UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.  The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world.  More information can be found online at From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

Closing date: 04 March 2017

How to apply:

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd       (UK SBS).  For further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC244182. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and include a covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role.  If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867003.

If after interview we have a greater number of suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months for all the grades and locations advertised. This reserve list will be used for future vacancies in NOC that require the same (or similar) skills, experience, competencies and are of the same grade as the advertised posts. These could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition (but there will be no guarantee of a job offer).

Closing date: 
Sunday 4 March 2018