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Senior Engineer

Requisition ID:  20664

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  20-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.

What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


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.


Salary: £42,149 to £44,706 with progression to £50,296 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 a Senior Engineer.

Reporting to the Director of Design Unit you will provide a high level of technical expertise and leadership in gear design and stress analysis. You will support Design Unit research, engagement and teaching activities in the field of mechanical engineering targeted at mechanical power transmission systems. A key part of this role will be using your expertise in the development and application of specialist solutions for novel mechanical machines to support wider engineering applications. 


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The University is an exciting and dynamic place to work, dedicated to world-leading education and research. Benefits include excellent pension; flexible working options; 42 days holiday (including public holidays); discounted travel for the Metro and local bus services; and discounts for national retailers. Located at The Advanced Engineering Research Hub, Walker, parking is free and widely available. You can find out more on our benefits web page.

For more information please visit the website here.

To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples. 


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


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


Key Accountabilities

  • To initiate, develop and project manage activities in the field of specialisation, including costing proposals, report preparation and delivery
  • To provide high level specialist expertise across Design Unit activities requiring gear design and stress analysis
  • Make a significant contribution to the development of research and engagement through applying gear design and stress analysis techniques in the field of mechanical power transmissions
  • Conceive new opportunities and approaches in the field of mechanical power testing for application to mechanical power transmission research and engagement
  • Initiate and develop ideas/approaches and novel techniques supporting the development of rotating machinery
  • Promote and deliver innovative solutions to the Director of the Design Unit and/or customers
  • Present research methodologies and findings at local/national level and contribute to the research and academic mission of Design Unit
  • Develop and deliver academic/industrial teaching/training opportunities in the field of expertise


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Experienced engineering professional with substantial technical expertise with specific experience in mechanical power transmission applications, ideally with relevant Industry work experience
  • Expertise in the development and application of specialist solutions for mechanical engineering applications with a focus on gear analysis applied to rotating machinery
  • Able to deliver gear design and associated machine elements from concept to detailed manufacturing requirements leading to compete gearbox solutions
  • Expert understanding of ISO, DIN and AGMA gear design procedures and gear stress analysis techniques and an understanding of gear failure modes and investigative techniques
  • Well-developed understanding of relevant current health and safety regulations and procedures
  • An ability to undertake general mechanical design (e.g. use of Autodesk Inventor) and experience in the use and application of FEM (e.g. use of Ansys)
  • Knowledge of wide-ranging gearing applications and an appreciation of gear manufacturing issues and problem solving
  • Understanding of University and external grant/Industrial funding routes and a proven track record of developing successful funding bids
  • Established analytical, technical and problem-solving capability
  • Able to plan and prioritise workload and to work quickly and accurately to deadlines
  • Ability to work flexibly and co-operatively and to communicate effectively


Attributes and Behaviour


  • The post holder will be expected to effectively manage the budget for projects running under their control leading to timely and cost-effective project completions
  • Providing costing and pricing advice linked to the development of new grant proposals/industrial tenders
  • Responsibility for managing cumulative annual budgets of typically up to £300k

Customers - Internal 

  • Director of Design Unit, other colleagues within Design Unit, academic staff and students

Customers - External

  • Funding bodies, industrial collaborators and academic collaborators

Planning and Organising

  • Responsibility for the strategic development of the field of specialisation and associated facilities within Design Unit.  This includes growing expertise in this field to support other Design Unit research and engagement activities and to enable the development of new funding opportunities leading to income generation
  • The post holder will plan and organise the activities required for running projects under their control
  • Forward planning will be undertaken annually, projecting 1 year ahead to detail how the area of expertise will develop and continue to generate new funded opportunities for research and engagement in order to sustain staffing and facility requirements.  This will feed into the overall long term Design Unit strategy and future planning undertaken by the Director of Design Unit

Decision Making

  • As a Senior Engineering member of Design Unit, the post holder is expected to take strategic decisions in their field of expertise in support of research and engagement activities
  • Required to make decisions independently on a daily basis with consideration, when appropriate, to involve the Director of Design Unit. This includes taking decisions related to resource requirements and allocation, spend profiling and re-profiling against budget and updating of scheduled timescales, as required
  • Decides on and actions priorities and activities in their field of expertise, referring matters requiring Director of Design Unit attention

Internal and External Relationships

  • Supporting/supervising internal colleagues within Design Unit and the wider University where their expertise is required
  • Providing expertise to external industrial and academic collaborators
  • Represent Design Unit in contacts with various organisations outside the University
  • Expected to be outward facing and have the ability to work effectively to understand and meet the needs of industrial collaborators
  • Act as a primary point of contact for their area of expertise



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


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: 20664