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Requisition ID:  18983

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  21-Jun-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.


Salary: £31,406 - £33,309 with progression to £40,927 per annum


Closing Date: 19 July 2022


The Role


Based within Newcastle University's School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Design Unit is an established (since 1970), large research and consultancy group specialising in mechanical power transmissions. With an experienced team of over 20 Engineers and Technicians and extensive, dedicated facilities, Design Unit offers a complete service from design, through to manufacture, metrology, performance evaluation and failure analysis. Continued growth in research supporting Industry involved in power generation, aerospace and automotive applications requires the recruitment of an Engineer.


As part of the engineering team in Design Unit you will provide technical expertise in a field of specialism supporting Design Unit research, engagement, and teaching activities in the field of mechanical engineering targeted at power transmission systems. We are seeking an experienced engineering professional with technical expertise in machine applications ideally including power transmissions or in gear metrology. You will have expertise in the development and application of solutions for mechanical engineering applications and a well-developed understanding of relevant current health and safety regulations and procedures.


For more information visit here.


You must be able to undertake occasional travel and working off-site both in the UK and abroad. 


Informal enquiries can be made to Mr Ian Sewell, Deputy Director, email 


Design Unit ,Newcastle University,Unit B1 & B2 Wincomblee Road,Walker,Newcastle upon Tyne,NE6 3QS


Key Accountabilities
•    To support activities in a field of specialisation, including costing proposals, report preparation and delivery

•    To provide specialist expertise across Design Unit activities

•    Assist in the development of research and engagement in the design of specialist equipment and the application of specialist-based solutions targeted at the field of power transmissions

•    Generate original ideas and approaches in a field of specialisation, especially for application to the field of mechanical power transmissions

•    Work with novel techniques and procedures in the field of expertise

•    Act as an internal/external consultant, advising on the development and application of specialist techniques and the analysis and interpretation of results

•    Present research methodologies and findings at local/national level and contribute to the research and academic mission of Design Unit

•    Support academic/industrial teaching/training in the field of expertise


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Expertise in the development and application of solutions for mechanical engineering applications
•    A well-developed understanding of relevant current health and safety regulations and procedures
•    Ability to work quickly and accurately to deadlines
•    Appreciation of confidentiality issues
•    Relevant experience with a significant proportion in a relevant/scientific role
•    Experienced engineering professional with technical expertise with specific experience in power transmission applications
•    Budgetary monitoring skills
•    An ability to undertake general mechanical design e.g. use of Autodesk Inventor
•    Experience in the use and application of FEM e.g. use of Ansys
•    Familiar with ISO, DIN and AGMA gear design procedures and gear stress analysis techniques
•    Knowledge of wide-ranging gearing applications e.g. industrial, marine, wind turbine and automotive transmissions
•    An appreciation of gear manufacturing issues and problem solving

Attributes and Behaviour
•    Support senior engineers in the strategic development of the field of expertise and facilities within Design Unit
•    Plan and organise activities required for running projects
•    Feed into the overall long term Design Unit strategy and future planning undertaken by the Director of Design Unit
•    Make decisions independently with consideration, when appropriate, to involve senior engineers and the Director of Design Unit
•    Taking decisions related to resource requirements and allocation, budget profiling and re-profiling against budget and adjustment to scheduled timescales
•    Decides on and actions priorities and activities in their field of expertise, referring matters requiring senior engineer and/or Director of Design Unit attention
•    Supporting internal colleagues within Design Unit and the wider University where their expertise is required
•    Provide expertise to external industrial and academic collaborators
•    Represent Design Unit in contacts with various external organisations
•    Be outward facing and work effectively to understand and meet the needs of industrial collaborators


•    Degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualifications/experience, plus work experience, with a significant proportion in a relevant engineering/scientific role


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Requisition ID: 18983