Senior Mechanical Engineer (Space)

Employer: University of Leicester
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Grade 8 - £43,267 to £48,677 per annum
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Senior Mechanical Engineer (Space)

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Location: Leicester
Department: Department of Physics & Astronomy
Vacancy terms: Full time, permanent contract
Salary details: Grade 8 - £43,267 to £48,677 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 Space Research Centre (SRC) projects. You will provide leadership to a number of high profile flight projects in the mechanical engineering discipline, interacting with ESA, CNES, CAS and NASA on a regular basis. In addition you will manage the day to day work of the system engineering teams within larger projects or on an individual basis within the project.

At present 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; consultancy to ESA/CAS on the 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 provide broad guidance to projects in many varied areas of investigation, from (e.g.) ground based instrumentation (CTA) to healthcare.

About you

As an engineer with significant years of relevant experience, you will also be degree qualified. With experience of Engineering IT infrastructure, you may also have experience in mechanical engineering in space instrumentation as well as knowledge of hardware development cycle as generally applied to space hardware projects. We are looking for a self-starter with a real passion for the subject matter who can demonstrate the ability to lead a team.

Additional information

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Paul Drumm on

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. Our strength is built on the talent of our scholars, drawn to us by a mutual passion for discovery. We seek to embed an adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit into our research culture, and to create an environment in which both disciplinary excellence and interdisciplinarity thrive.

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: 31 Jan 2019