Project Engineer - Research & Development


Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


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- Reshma Saujani

Project Engineer Research & Development

Friction Welding and Processing

Location: Cambridge

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full time

Salary: Competitive rate

Description of role:

We are seeking a Project Engineer R&D for the Friction Welding and Processing Section which has facilities at our headquarters in Cambridge as well as our technology centre in Rotherham, UK. The Section performs cutting edge research into friction stir welding, linear and rotary friction welding as well as a range of advanced process variants. We support a diverse range of industrial clients with the challenges they face. The Section has a global client base spanning a broad range of industrial sectors, including aerospace, power generation, transport and defence. We are looking for a candidate to support our research and development activities in the Cambridge facility. The successful candidate will enjoy responsibility for, and rapidly gain experience in, these areas. You will contribute to the core skills of an exciting and innovative established team of engineers.

The successful applicant's main duties and responsibilities would include (depending on experience):

  • Managing research projects within agreed budgets and timescales.
  • Defining experimental and analytical characterisation work.
  • Data analysis and interpretation.
  • Producing high quality reports and/or research papers arising from project work.
  • Generating business opportunities.
  • Responding to technical enquiries from clients with clear, accurate, comprehensive information.

The role would also include:

  • Identifying and developing business opportunities.
  • Hosting, visiting and presenting to clients.
  • Understanding customers' requirements, accurately costing the effort required and writing detailed, high quality proposals and project reports.
  • Working with colleagues to bid for publically funded research projects.
  • Maintaining and developing your own technical expertise and reputation.


This position will require occasional travel both in the UK and abroad.

Security clearance:

The ability of successful candidate to apply for UK security clearance in this role will be beneficial.

About us:

TWI Ltd is a world expert in engineering, materials and joining technologies with significant property assets. We provide industry with advice and know-how in design, fabrication, failure analysis and prevention.

We offer opportunities to collaborate with inspiring and expert teams and a supportive environment in which you are actively encouraged to share your ideas and continually develop your own skills and knowledge.

If you are looking to join an organisation that is fuelled by innovation, teamwork, and openness, this role could be for you.

Diversity statement:

TWI Ltd is committed to treating all employees fairly and to being an inclusive employer. Our aim is to create a work environment where our employees can reach their full potential. We put Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of our people practices to attract, develop and retain the best talent.


We recognise that it’s the differences of our people that gives us our competitive edge and enables us to maintain our world leading reputation. This is why we are committed to ensuring there is diversity across every level of our organisation; representative of the Members and societies we serve. We have made Inclusion our number one corporate value to demonstrate our commitment to ensure it is at the core of everything we do at TWI.

Why work for TWI?

We offer a competitive salary, share-in-success bonus scheme, generous pension scheme (both employee contribution (flexible amount) and TWI contribution (up to 10% of salary), holiday (25 days + 8 bank holiday’s), private health and dental cover, career development and training, onsite employee restaurant, onsite gym, day nursery available for companies on Granta Park (Cambridge) site (subject to availability), onsite parking and more.

We know that balancing work and personal life can at times be challenging. This is why we continue to review and implement family friendly policies including hybrid working, flexible working, enhanced maternity pay and paid parental leave.

Closing Date: 17 October 2022

Reference number: 159/22

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TWI Culture

As one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations, we are committed to attracting, motivating and retaining the best talent from around the world. Our goal is to develop the next generation of experts to address future industry challenges.

We are committed to creating a culture that recognises and respects the differences between people while valuing the contribution everyone makes to TWI.

We recognise the diversity of our staff and students makes a positive and important contribution to our continuing success.

TWI offers a comprehensive training programme, incorporating both in-house and external courses to support staff development.

TWI Values:


Building effective working relationships, we accomplish more together

Innovation and Expertise

Championing new ideas and sharing knowledge with each other

Taking responsibility

Achieving our objectives and personal development

Customer focus

Building trusting relationships with our customers


Accepting and engaging positively with change


Valuing the contribution from every individual, creating value for our customers

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