Grade 7: £32,817 – £40,322 with a discretionary range to £44,055 p.a.

We are looking for a dedicated Mechanical Robotics Engineer to join the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) in the Department of Engineering Science (Central Oxford). This post is fixed-term for 1 year in the first instance.

We have a large fleet of mobile and fixed robots that support our research activities, and it needs full-time support and development. We are looking for a professional engineer with a strong background in mechanical/mechatronic systems to accelerate the impact of our work into domains such as autonomous mobile robots, walking robots, autonomous cars, and soft robotics, with application to sectors such as monitoring of oil and gas facilities, urban mobility, space exploration and nuclear inspection. You will be part of a team of 11 hardware and software engineers reporting to a Senior Engineer.

In this role you will work closely with the ORI academics and researchers to support their research projects, both in the lab and in the field. In addition to robot development, maintenance and repair, the role will involve supporting or leading deployments of our robot platforms across a diverse range of projects.

The scope of work spans the entire concept-to-deployment process. This includes: rapid prototyping of mechanical systems, the design of bespoke hardware, integration of custom and COTS components onto robots, manufacture and testing, writing design and user documentation, as well as field diagnostics, maintenance and repair. As part of exploiting some of the ORI’s more promising research, the ORI engineering team can be tasked to develop platforms to commercial quality. As such, experience with ISO standards is desirable (particularly stemming from the Machinery Directive).

You should hold a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related subject as well as experience in the design of mechanical systems. Experience with SolidWorks is preferred. You will be keen to develop new skills and a practical understanding of how to optimise hardware to support research needs in real world situations. You will be a clear communicator and have the ability to prioritise a busy workload. You will have demonstrable hands-on project experience, as part of a small team you will be developing hardware that fulfils a functional specification on time and on budget.

Informal enquiries can be sent to Chris Prahacs.

Further information on how to apply can be found here.

You will be required to upload a cover letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 15 May 2020 can be considered.

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