R&D Technician (mechanical)

R&D Technician (mechanical)

Date Posted
28th September 2018
Electric Vehicles, R&D / Development Engineer
Oxford / UK
Competitive Salary

Role Overview:

Primary function is to undertake R&D activities and projects for high performance electric vehicles as part of a small but expanding R&D Department within the Vehicle Performance Group.


Main Responsibilities: 

Undertake R&D activities from measuring component performance characteristics to planning and execution of internal & external rig tests in close cooperation with our technical partners and suppliers.  

Work with the Design, Race Engineering & Electronics/Systems Engineering Departments on all aspects of chassis and powertrain engineering with involvement in testing, component/assembly characterisation and final sign-off/approval for track use.  


Qualifications, Skills & Experience Required:


  • A good breadth of experience in the relevant automotive/motorsport areas of R&D testing.
  • Good understanding of technical drawings and development tools & methodologies.
  • Experience in use of commonly used chassis mechanical testing procedures and techniques (e.g. suspension, steering, gearbox, hydraulic, brake system test rigs).
  • Experience with experimental instrumentation.
  • Computer literacy, preferably including the use of data logging / analysis systems.



  • Previous motorsport experience is not essential but highly recommended, preferably but not limited to, single seaters.
  • Understanding High Voltage Electrical Powertrain Components is beneficial, willing to learn the various aspects of Electrical Powertrains is fundamental
  • Experience with K & C, 7 post rig, Damper testing and cooling system test rigs would be an advantage.


Personal Profile 

  • Used to working to own initiative
  • Effective written and oral communication skills in English
  • Works methodically with attention to detail
  • Leads by example, can and will motivate his team & peers
  • Personal flexibility to work hours as required including from time to time working at weekends
  • Practical approach by using rigorous logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions
  • Demonstrates alignment to our Company values; Honesty, Care, Vision, Action; works well in a team and respects others
  • Extensive travel to NIO Formula E test events & technical partner sites


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