Mechanical Engineer

Location: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Salary: Competitive
Job type: Full time


Company Background

Tokamak Energy has unlocked a new route to scalable fusion power that is cost-effective and does not require huge infrastructure and capital expenditure. The technology will revolutionise the world’s energy production – it will be possible to produce more energy, more cheaply and with fewer harmful side effects (e.g. with no long-term nuclear waste or carbon emissions). Tokamak Energy aims to accelerate the development of fusion energy by combining two emerging technologies – spherical tokamaks and high-temperature superconductors. The company’s innovation has been featured on Channel 4 news, BBC News Click and Reuters news channel and they received a Technology Pioneer Award at the World Economic Forum on 2016. This is the chance to join a fast-growing high technology company with an agile, dynamic team and to tackle the challenge of a lifetime.


The role

The candidate will be part of a small design team and will design structures typically involved in ultra-high vacuum vessels, magnet coil design and structural support systems.  The role requires a self-sufficient engineer who can design from first principles where required.  There is a requirement to use Ansys software to provide backing to mechanical design in high load structures.  A good understanding of design for manufacture with a manufacturing background is preferred.



  • Use of FEA ANSYS software
  • Design of structural support systems
  • Design of jigs and fixtures
  • Magnet coil design
  • Vacuum chamber design
  • Low temperature feed through and chamber design
  • Developing and writing assembly procedures
  • Specifying material requirements
  • Maintaining data base records of designs and calculations
  • Liaising with the drawing office and other engineers


Essential Selection criteria

  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering or able to demonstrate equivalent skills and experience
  • Vacuum vessel design
  • Structural design and analysis
  • Experience of working in a design team
  • Excellent written and verbal communications


Desirable selection criteria

  • Magnet design using copper and low temperature superconductors
  • DFM
  • Project management experience



  •  25 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
  • Company pension scheme
  • Eligible for company share option scheme after 1 years’ service
  • Company bonus scheme, discretionary, dependant on performance
  • Private medical insurance after 3 months service


How to apply

Please submit your CV with a covering letter detailing your experience to

Important information for candidates

Pre-employment screening

Please note that the appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post. This will include right-to-work, proof of identity and references.


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Equality of Opportunity

Entry into employment with the Tokamak Energy and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration. No applicant or member of staff shall be discriminated against because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

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