University of Oxford

University of Oxford

CNC Machinist

United Kingdom

Closing in 7 days

CNC Machinist

Department of Physics, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford

Applications are invited for a CNC machinist / Mechanical Workshop Technician vacancy within the University of Oxford's Department of Physics.

The post is full time and permanent.

The successful candidate will join the busy Mechanical Workshop Team within one of the largest departments in the University, giving the opportunity to work on and contribute to world-leading high-profile scientific projects.

The role will require you to manufacture parts for scientific instruments. Also the role includes the fitting and assembly of components, sub-assemblies and complete equipment to appropriate precision and other standards, being able to effectively interpret engineering drawings and quickly identifying inconsistencies is a required essential skill. You will liaise and advise with academic, research support and other staff on the mechanical production aspects involved in their research or other activities. A key aspect of the role is the efficient and safe operation of the full range of standard mechanical workshop machines and other processes.

Additional duties will include installation, modification and maintenance of apparatus and equipment at sites away from Oxford both within the UK and overseas.

Applicants should preferably hold a BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Mechanical or Production Engineering or an equivalent qualification. Lower qualifications would be considered if offset by experience significantly greater than the minimum specified above.

Previous experience in the field of high technology research and development and CNC machining is essential.

The successful candidates will have previous experience of manufacturing components using CNC and standard machines and fitting them into assemblies and complete pieces of equipment required for research.

Additional relevant qualifications and/or experience would be advantageous.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Mike Tacon ([email protected])

Only applications received before midday (UK time) 30 April 2024 can be considered. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Contact Person : HR Team Vacancy ID : 172043 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 30-Apr-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 5 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : Grade 5 £28,759 - £33,966 per annum

Job details


CNC Machinist


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


April 03, 2024

Application deadline

April 30, 2024

Job type



Engineering,Physics,Space Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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