Mechanical Engineer (Space)

Employer: University of Leicester
Job location
Job salary
£34,189 to £39,609 per annum
Job term
Full time, fixed term contract for 2 years
Job closing date

Mechanical Engineer (Space)

Vacancy ID:
Location: Leicester
Department: Department of Physics & Astronomy
Vacancy terms: Full time, fixed term contract for 2 years
Salary details: £34,189 to £39,609 per annum
Hours per week: 37.5

About the role

In this role you will lead several mechanical engineering activities and provide system mechanical engineering expertise to the Space Research Centre’s projects. You will provide leadership to a number of high profile flight projects in the mechanical engineering discipline, interacting variously with ESA, CNES, CAS and NASA on a regular basis.

You will support the day to day work of the Senior Mechanical Engineer and the system engineering teams within larger projects or on an individual basis within the project (depending on the scale of the projects).

Currently the SRC has the PI role in the SXI instrument on the SMILE mission with ESA/CAS (launch 2023); development of the X-ray optic for the CNES/CAS SVOM mission (launch 2022); PI role on the SXI instrument on the ESA M5 Theseus mission Phase A study; a role in the ESA/CAS Einstein Probe mission and many other projects. Besides interests in a range of space flight missions, the role, as part of the space engineering group, will have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of projects in many varied areas of investigation, from (e.g.) ground based instrumentation (CTA) to healthcare.

About you

With a degree level qualification in mechanical engineering, you will also have relevant professional experience. Experience in Engineering IT infrastructure is essential. You will have the ability to work independently but have an understanding of where wider consultation is needed. We are looking for a self-starter with passion and motivation for the subject matter.

Additional information

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Paul Drumm on

We anticipate that interviews during week commencing 11 March 2019

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance and an online portal that offers a range of lifestyle benefits and discounts. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available at

Advert closes midnight on: 25 Feb 2019