Lab Technician / Engineer

City of London
18 Apr 2019

We are looking for an exceptional Lab Engineer to help run the Robotics Lab. The ideal candidate is a person who is unafraid to get their hands dirty with a true passion to make things work seamlessly

Competitive hourly rate (plus 33 days holiday, pension, onsite gym)

6 Month Initial Contract - likely to extend

The Team

Our Team's mission is to solve intelligence and use it to make the world a better place. In the medium term, this means a lot of iterative blue-sky scientific research. Today, we have hundreds of researchers on staff, including numerous leaders in fields across AI & Machine Learning.

We ultimately want to develop an AGI capable of dealing with a variety of environments. A truly general AGI needs to be able to act on the real world and to learn tasks on real robots. The aim of the Robotics Lab is to endow robots with the ability to learn how to perform complex manipulation and locomotion tasks. At our company, experts in different scientific fields (e.g. quantum chemistry, neuroscience, game theory) collaborate with research scientists and software engineers to solve grand challenges that would enable multiple scientific breakthroughs. The Robotics Lab is a group of pioneering research scientists, research engineers and software and hardware engineers uniquely specialised in Robotics. The Role Robotics is arguably one of the most complete technologies out there, requiring skills ranging from computer science and probability theory to mechanics, electronics and cognitive sciences.

The Robotics Lab is in its early growth within the company. All lab members strive to provide first class support to research activities and proactively collaborate, leveraging their experience and intuition to progress real world research in robotics.

The Role

We are looking for an exceptional Lab Engineer to help run the Robotics Lab. The ideal candidate is a person who is unafraid to get his/her hands dirty and has a true passion to make things work seamlessly and efficiently. You will engage and effectively coordinate with a wide stakeholder group within the lab and wider organisation (e.g. Workplace Management, Security), write Technical Documentation (Technical Specifications, Engineering Drawings, Assembly Instructions, Wiring Diagrams etc) and share your findings with the wider lab team and robotics stakeholders.

This position requires real passion for technology and a multi-disciplined approach. You might be contributing to running the most sophisticated agent on our robotics hardware one day and the next you'll be designing or building setups to support another exciting experiment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide hardware design and support for research projects
  • Work with researchers on designing new robotics environments
  • Build and maintain the robotics lab Workshop influencing with your experience the choice of the machinery to add
  • Making sure all robotics Lab equipment (CNC Machines, 3D Printers, Electronics Equipment) is always in perfect working condition
  • Collaborate with in-house procurement to make sure the stocks level are always maintained and no downtime is suffered from missing items (fasteners, tools, consumables for the printers, raw building materials)

Useful Skills & Experience

  • Familiarity with one or more parametric CAD systems (Onshape, Solidworks, CREO, Inventor, Autodesk360, NX, Catia) is a requirement as well as passion for DIY, additive manufacturing and CNC machining (expect hand on test)
  • Familiarity with electrical prototyping systems (such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi), circuit design (EAGLE, Altium) and experience with circuit testing (using Oscilloscopes, Logic Analysers)


  • Assembly/disassembly small and big mechanical assemblies (expect hands on tests)
  • Managing / Running a FabLab or a MakerSpace or a university Robotics Lab
  • Experience with mechanical and electronic design
  • Experience with low-level embedded software and firmware

The Ideal Candidate

  • BSc or equivalent in any Technical discipline (Mechanics, Electronics, Robotics) or equivalent work experience
  • You are passionate about what you do and are often found in a FabLab or a MakerSpace when off work
  • Strong experience of manufacturing in at least one of the following areas of expertise:
    • Rapid Prototyping / Additive manufacturing; CNC; Laser / Waterjet Cutting. Sheet Metal
  • Basic knowledge of Python
    • Python is the preferred language for development

Morgan McKinley is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.

Please note that any references to salary or pay rates in this advertisement and in the salary refinement section are indicative only and should only be used as a guide.

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