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Mechanical Design Engineer

Vacancy Specification

As an engineer in First Light Fusion the successful candidate will be designing and building state of the art technology. The opportunity is for a Mechanical Design Engineer who will be responsible for the mechanical design of the machines required to develop our experimental campaign and ultimately achieve fusion.

Projects will range from developing pulsed power machines to achieve electromagnetic launch of projectiles exceeding 20km/s, to complex target design and development. All will require novel approaches in design, construction and use of materials.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Using 3D CAD and other software packages
  • Providing expert engineering input into multidisciplinary teams
  • Producing analysis and calculations of design work


  • 2:1 or above degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent, with significant design experience.
  • Varied engineering design background with experience using a mainstream CAD system, including the ability to generate complex 3D CAD assemblies and drawings.
  • Experience of leading project work, along with sound knowledge of mechanical engineering, manufacturing techniques and materials and knowledge of pressure systems and vacuum technology.
  • Ability to perform calculations and analysis associated with mechanical engineering.
  • Passion for fusion and for taking a bold approach to a high-risk transformational technology.
  • Fast and effective problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated self-motivation, enthusiasm to work in a dynamic team environment and evidence of taking the initiative.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.


  • High voltage systems.
  • Precision manufacturing techniques.
  • Cryogenic systems.


A competitive package and entry into a company option’s scheme. Relocation packages will be considered.

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How to Apply

Please upload a covering letter / supporting statement and CV using the online application form on this page. The post will remain open until filled. Two referees should be available on request. Informal enquiries may also be addressed to:


CVs sent by recruitment agencies will not be read, and in the event that the company receives a CV from both the direct applicant and a recruitment agency the CV will be treated as a direct application by the individual only. Unsolicited contact from Recruitment agencies will be disregarded.

We are an equal opportunities employer. This role is subject to background checks.

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