Mechanical Design Engineer

  • Job Reference: 00000784-1
  • Date Posted: 13 January 2022
  • Recruiter: Oxford Quantum Circuits
  • Location: Shinfield, Berkshire
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Engineering, Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description


At Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) we are building quantum computers to enable life-changing discoveries: from new drug modelisation to longer-lasting battery technology and portfolio optimisation. We have launched Europe’s first Quantum Computing as a Service (QCaaS) – to bring quantum to our customers’ fingertips and help them improve their operations and trailblaze new commercial and scientific approaches. 

Our team is composed of 40 people with various backgrounds in quantum physics, nanotechnologies, hardware, software and business operations from marketing to intellectual property. We are all bound by the desire to put OQC at the forefront of the quantum revolution and help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.



As OQC’s Mechanical Design Engineer you will work with the quantum hardware team to produce robust CAD designs and drawings for cryogenic infrastructure to facilitate measurement of OQC’s quantum processors. In addition to design, the role will involve liaising with manufacturing providers, final assembly and deployment of solutions. Further responsibilities will include design work aimed at optimisation of other experimental infrastructure.



  • Steer CAD work spanning the specification, design, implementation, assembly and deployment of novel infrastructure for quantum processors

  • Analyse and assess infrastructure limitations 

  • Meet with vendors/technology suppliers to evaluate and select solutions

  • Create and maintain process documentation, project plans and reports


  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in an engineering discipline

  • At least 3 years experience in 3D work

  • Excellent knowledge of 3D CAD software (such as Solidworks)

  • Excellent understanding of mechanical engineering, material properties and machining processes

  • Familiarity with component design in tight tolerances (for example satellites, cryogenic systems or magnet design)

  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to work with customers and suppliers

  • Ability to take initiative and work in a self-driven manner


  • Experience with cryogenic design fundamentals

  • Experience with RF electronics component integration

  • Experience developing bespoke solutions



OQC’s office is located in Shinfield, Reading. There will be a requirement for occasional travel throughout the UK and elsewhere abroad for conferences, meetings and engineering visits. 



Please apply via . As part of our application process we ask that you also provide us with a short portfolio demonstrating your design work from a mechanical background. We would also ask you to provide a  cover letter outlining why you think you would be a good fit for the role and what attracts you to OQC. Applications without a cover letter including this information will not be considered.  

We look forward to hearing from you!


At OQC we are not just hoping you’ll fit in our culture. We aspire to thrive, as a company and as people, thanks to your diversity of thought and background. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to providing our team members with a work environment free from discrimination, where everyone is treated with respect. Our employment decisions are based on business needs, talent and merit and all our colleagues share in the responsibility for fulfilling our commitment to diversity. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, or if you think we can do better with our recruitment process, please contact us at