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Temporary Graduate Mechanical Engineer

Date:  Apr 8, 2021

Belfast, GB

Job Function:  Technical
Business Unit:  Andor Technology

At Oxford Instruments, we enable the world’s leading industrial companies and scientific research communities to image, analyse and manipulate materials down to the atomic and molecular level. With high-performance scientific digital cameras, spectroscopy and microscopy systems from Andor Technology, our customers in industry and academia can explore everything from photons to galaxies as they develop new treatments for diseases, and search for Earth-like exoplanets orbiting distant stars.




Andor Technology Ltd (Andor) is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and operates at the high-value end of the global scientific imaging, spectroscopy and microscopy systems markets. Andor was setup in 1989 as a spinout of Queen's University in Belfast and has grown to over 350 employees worldwide.

Our mission is to become the global leader in pioneering and manufacturing high performance light measuring solutions. Thanks to our low light imaging cameras, spectroscopy solutions and microscopy systems, we have enabled scientists and industry to measure light down to a single photon and capture events occurring within 1 billionth of a second!

We are among the world’s most innovative companies in photonics technology and unique in Northern Ireland. As proof of our success we now have 10,000 customers in 55 countries and offices worldwide including China, Japan and the USA.


In this role you will be working in the Product Engineering team enhancing Andor’s innovative scientific product portfolio and providing technical support,. The role extends to mechanical design and development of scientific cameras and high end opto-mechanical mechanisms, engineering change management within a production environment, bill of material management, one-off customer special request support and development, support for customer queries and production technical support.


We would love to hear from you if:


  • You are seeking a challenge and have an excellent work ethic.
  • You are personally driven to meet objectives with a focus on quality and delivery.
  • You are an enthusiastic team player and want to contribute to technical investigations.
  • You want to contribute to the design, development and support of the product and should be comfortable and willing to learn new concepts. 
  • You enjoy what you do and you should drive improvement initiatives whether they be for internal or external customers. 
  • You think strategically about how you invest in the development of your own intellectual and professional capital.




  • Participate in product definition, system architecture, development and verification/validation.
  • Provide innovative, robust and scalable solutions to technical problems
  • Deliver continuous improvement in new developments.
  • Take part in requirements gathering based on system specifications for new products.
  • Contribute to task breakdown, estimation and creation of test plans.
  • Partake in development of performance test suites and efficient transfer to manufacturing.
  • Provide technical support to internal and external customers.
  • Build good working relationships with other key departments and customers.
  • Input to user guides, manuals and any other design documentation
  • Take responsibility for own development and self learn
  • Occasional travel to other offices and customer sites.
  • Any other duties as may be required from time to time by your line manager.


Essential criteria


  • 2.1 (or higher) BSc/BEng qualification in  Mechanical engineering (or similar discipline) or equivalent qualification
  • Evidence of high initiative and the ability to learn quickly

  • Proficient in using Solidworks

  • Able to produce technical drawings


Desirable criteria


  • MSc/MEng in Mechanical engineering (or similar discipline)
  • 6-12 months in similar role
  • Experience gained within a development environment for mechanical design, test and production of instrumentation

  • Evidence of customer support – strong customer empathy and focus

  •  Experience documenting designs with detailed assembly instructions, including revision control of drawings and documents.

  • Solidworks Certifed CSWA / CSWP, or use of Solidworks during placement year, or as graduate employment

  •  Experience of a PDM/ PLM system #LI-OF1



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.


Note to recruitment agencies: Oxford Instruments operates a Preferred Supplier List, and we do not accept unsolicited agency CVs. Please do not forward candidate details in response to this advert, or to any Oxford Instruments employees or other company locations. Oxford Instruments is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs.