Experimental Engineer – Submarines

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Job Description

Job Description


Experimental Engineer

Full Time, On-site



This position is being advertised to form a pipeline of candidates for current and future positions within Experimental Engineering. Therefore applicants should not expect feedback immediately. However, we will endeavour to review your CV in a timely manner.


Why Rolls-Royce?
Rolls-Royce is home to some of the world’s finest minds. And nowhere are those minds more keenly tested than in our growing nuclear business. Our team is comprised of a broad range of experts in the fields of engineering, manufacturing, project management and procurement. This is your chance to join them.


We’ll provide an environment where you can be yourself. An inclusive, digital-first culture that invests in you, gives you a platform for continuous learning, and access to an incredible breadth and depth of opportunities to grow your career.
A number of exciting opportunities have arisen in the Rolls-Royce Submarine’s Technical Development Department, where a new team has been formed and deliver a large body of experimental testing that the business is planning to do now and in the future. This is a great opportunity get involved in setting the vision for how we do experimental testing going forward.


The new Experimental Engineering team is responsible for the entire value chain needed to deliver quality test data. This includes deciding where a test will be conducted, developing appropriate test programmes with technical customers, managing the delivery of the enabling work for a test programme (i.e. new rig development, existing rig changes, test procedure development etc.), over-seeing the collection of raw test data, and the processing of raw test data to produce quality data for technical customers. One of the initial primary focusses of this role will be thermal-hydraulic testing, primarily performed at the MoD/Rolls-Royce facility in Derby, which has pioneered the capability development of high fidelity optical based flow measurement techniques.


We offer excellent development, a competitive salary and exceptional benefits. These include bonus, employee support assistance and employee discounts.


What you will be doing:
With this exciting opportunity your main responsibilities will include:

  • Work in close collaboration with Discipline Development Leads, as well as rig operators and technicians in our on-site engineering laboratory to deliver a suite of experimental testing programmes.
  • Be expected to take full ownership for long term roadmaps for all technology areas (including thermal hydraulic, high fidelity measurement, acoustic, component, shock, EC&I, physics, materials and secondary propulsion testing) and for both new and existing test facilities, including their delivery.
  • There may also be opportunities to engage with external organisations and in research projects at our University Technology Centres, particularly in relation to fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and novel experimental measurement techniques in the near-term, and potentially in other areas in the future.


Who we’re looking for:
At Rolls-Royce we embrace agility, are bold, pursue collaboration and seek simplicity in everything we do.  These principles form our values and behaviours and are an essential component of our assessment process and are fundamental qualities that we seek for all roles.

To be successful in this role you will need to meet the following essential criteria:

  • Degree or equivalent in a relevant engineering or science-based subject.
  • Experience of conducting experimental testing to support technical development or V&V, relevant to engineering.
  • Understanding measurement techniques, methods and accuracies.
  • Good IT skills, including experience of data processing and knowledge of python.
  • Good interpersonal, time management and problem solving skills.
  • An analytical mind with good numeracy and literacy.
  • Ability to work flexibly, both as an individual and closely with other team members.
  • Ability to work to Rolls-Royce company processes in order to ensure quality of output; and to Health, Safety and Environmental rules and legislation.


We are an equal opportunities employer. We’re committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive working environment. We believe that people from different backgrounds and cultures give us different perspectives.

And the more perspectives we have, the more successful we’ll be. By building a culture of respect and appreciation, we give everyone who works here the opportunity to realise their full potential.


You can learn more about our global Inclusion strategy at Our people | Rolls-Royce


To work for Rolls-Royce Submarines you need to hold a Security Check (SC) clearance without any caveats to that clearance. Rolls-Royce will support the application for Security Clearance if you don’t currently already have this in place.

Due to the nature of work the business conducts and the protection of certain assets, you must hold a UK nationality. Any dual nationals will require additional scrutiny and background checks prior to commencing work with RRSL.

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