Research & Development

Want to become a research and development engineer?

This is an exciting, cutting-edge role; research and development engineers are predominantly involved with creating new business opportunities for companies by researching new materials or material formulations, conducting engineering investigations into current manufacturing technologies and identifying solutions to potential problems in bringing an idea or innovation to the marketplace.

Often, work will be conducted in teams from the product design, technical and laboratory departments within a company, or in close co-operation with a client’s development team. The confidential nature of the role results in many product and process ‘patents’ being taken out. The exact nature of the work will depend on the size of the employing organisation, but would typically include customer liaison to establish product design and application briefs, research, developing design concepts and pre-production models, conducting tests on models, developing new material, and investigating improvements in the design or engineering capability of existing products.

Research skills, analytical and diagnostic skills, good communication, presentation and written skills, project management skills, CAD/CAE skills and attention to detail are some of the skills required for a job in this sector.

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Air Products

Air Products is a leading supplier of industrial gases, equipment and services

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ARM is the world's leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier

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Boeing United Kingdom

Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft

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Buro Happold

Buro Happold is an international, multidisciplinary firm of consultant engineers.

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Diamond Light Source

Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron. It works like a giant microscope, harnessing the power of electrons to produce bright light that scientists can use to study anything from fossils to jet engines to viruses and vaccines.

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At Dyson we are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes.

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FT Technologies

FT Technologies specialise in the design and supply of high performance electronic air flow sensors for worldwide markets.

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General Electric Company (GE), incorporated on April 15, 1892, is a diversified technology and financial services company.

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Highways England

It's an exciting time to start a Highways England career. With 11 billion to invest in major road improvements over the next 5 years, there's an oppor­tu­nity for you to be part of some­thing special.

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McLaren Automotive

McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars, with every vehicle hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey.

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Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V

Mitsubishi Electric Europe produces and distributes a wide range of advanced electrical and electronic equipment in domestic and commercial markets.

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Founded in 1849, Pfizer is the world's premier biopharmaceutical company taking new approaches to better health.

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Schlumberger is the leading oilfield services provider, trusted to deliver superior results and improved exploration and production performance for oil and gas companies around the world.

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Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

STFC is one of the UK’s seven publicly funded Research Councils responsible for supporting, co-ordinating and promoting research, innovation and skills development in seven distinct fields.

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UK Atomic Energy Authority

UK Atomic Energy Authority’s mission is to lead the commercial development of fusion power and related technology, and position the UK as a leader in sustainable nuclear energy.

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We are designing & deploying wave energy technology to provide the planet with clean energy.​

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WMG's mission is to improve the competitiveness of organisations through the application of value adding innovation, new technologies and skill.

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