Are you a multi-disciplined engineer? Are you a committed and enthusiastic maker?

Do you want to work in an incredibly well-equipped lab where we have ‘one of nearly everything, to make one of nearly anything’?

We are looking to recruit a talented and enthusiastic Prototype Engineer to work within our multi-discipline team.



Sensor City is the iconic gold circuit board building on the Liverpool skyline. Inside, you’ll find a mix of rapid prototyping labs, offices, meeting and co-working spaces. One of the original flagship University Enterprise Zones, Sensor City is a joint venture between Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool.

Sensor City is positioned at the gateway to Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter – a creative urban science park where tech, education and knowledge businesses are thriving. Locations don’t get any more central: we’re five minutes’ walk away from mainline Lime Street Station and the buzz of Liverpool city centre.

Our cool, contemporary building was designed to inspire: flooded with natural light, with 360o views of the Liverpool skyline, it’s also a place to network, socialise, and to gaze out of the huge windows as you contemplate your next big idea.

We’re dedicated to creating a world-leading creative hub in sensor and IoT applications along with digital manufacturing technologies – and we’re looking for a Prototype Engineer to join our team and progress our ambitions.



Are you a multi-disciplined engineer? Are you a committed and enthusiastic maker? Do you want to work in an incredibly well-equipped lab where we have ‘one of nearly everything, to make one of nearly anything’?

Prototype Engineer is an incredibly diverse role, and covers a broad spectrum of activity, such as mechanical and electrical engineering, electronics, CAD, software, coding and 3D printing. You’ll be working on exciting prototype projects such as robotic telescopes, sea gliders and other commercial projects with an opportunity to add value to the creative process.

The role is geared primarily towards prototype fabrication, but will involve all areas of digital design and manufacture. A generalist maker-mentality is what’s needed, but with the emphasis on product/industrial design and innovative application of existing technology in new fields.

You’ll be working in our electrical and mechanical labs, which we call an ‘Engineer’s Playground’, with a million pounds worth of the latest gear awaiting your skill and imagination.

The role includes the setting up, operation and routine maintenance of advanced prototyping equipment, apparatus and instruments such as laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC lathes and high power microscopes. You’ll be hands on with materials, components and other resources that are required for relevant projects.

People skills are a must have in this role, as there is plenty of interpersonal interaction involved. You’ll be providing an effective technical service for customers, university staff and students. We’re a close team at Sensor City so good relationships with  members of staff and project teams are vital, to ensure efficient collaboration and management.

It’s a busy dynamic environment with many novel projects taking place at the same time. We need someone who can prioritise tasks, work independently, and who doesn’t need micromanaging. You’ve got to hit the ground running and get things done quickly because work backlogs don’t take long to mount up if you get it wrong.

This really is a unique job, for a unique person, but the sense of achievement you get each day, knowing you’ve created something that’s never been made before, is unbeatable.



If this job is for you, we want your CV.

If it’s not for you, but you know someone suitable, please forward them the details.

– The Job Description summary can be found here
– The Role Summary and Person Specification can be found here
– The Application Form can be found here
– To apply, please send the completed Application Form, a brief Covering Letter and your CV via email to: quoting ‘PROTOTYPE ENGINEER’ in the subject
– Deadline for applications is 17th January 2020
– Interview to take place on 28th January 2020

Thank you for your interest and good luck with your application!

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