Working at the Department

Professor Lionel TarassenkoThe Department of Engineering Science is an exciting place to work. I have been associated with the Department for the last 25 years as an academic and during that time I have seen a lot of change, invention and growth.

Our work on the design of turbine blades for jet engines has long been regarded as world-leading, but not content to rest on past achievements we continually strive for further innovation and development. In 2008 we opened the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, which has gone from strength to strength and now houses some of the world’s leading biomedical engineers. We are also becoming leaders in driverless vehicles, and have created a “Video Google” system which enables automatic searching for a particular scene in a video. We are a truly multi-disciplinary engineering department, with every branch of engineering represented, and we have research collaborations with many departments in the University, from Archaeology to Zoology.

Our world-class research also has a real-world impact; for example it has led to the development of a new jet engine turbine with significant fuel savings and a reduction in CO2 emissions. The water industry has adopted our membrane filtration work; we have designed technology to preserve more livers for transplant and our patient monitoring work has led to a reduction in the number of cardiac arrests in hospital.

By attracting the best staff and students from around the world we are able to continue and develop this successful research. We provide challenging but stimulating work opportunities and aim to support your career development and future prospects. Research work can be particularly demanding and we aim to provide a supportive and inspiring environment, whilst valuing our diverse workforce and promoting equality throughout the department.

If you want to develop your career and have an impact on the world have a look at our current job opportunities.

Jobs: You can view all of our current vacancies here.

Athena Swan

Athena Swan Bronze AwardThe Department is committed to the principals of the Athena SWAN charter which aims to advance the representation of women in science, engineering and technology (SET).

Full details on the charter can be found on the Athena SWAN website: . The University of Oxford has an institutional Bronze level award.

In December 2017 the Department was awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze award highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology. We are now undertaking work to further and strengthen this commitment.

Apprenticeship opportunities

The University offers a vast array of Apprenticeship opportunities and the Department has been an active participant supporting apprentices through Business Administration, IT, Mechanical Engineering and Maintenance qualifications.

At present there are 4 active apprentices within Engineering Science and thankfully we have been able to retain a number of our previous apprentices who continue to develop their skills and make excellent contributions within new roles in the Department.

If you would like any information on Apprenticeships please contact in the HR Office.


Flexible working

The Department will support flexible working arrangements wherever possible.  There are many different types of flexible working e.g. part-time working; compressed hours (for example, working full weekly hours over four rather than five days); job-sharing; staggered hours; term-time only working, or working from home ("teleworking").

The full policy can be found here:

Maternity/Paternity/Parental leave

The Department supports all prospective parents in taking maternity or paternity leave. Where possible additional support arrangements are discussed which may help with the return to work or continuing research during maternity or paternity leave.

Parental leave is also available in line with the University policy:

Personal Development Reviews

The Department has been running an annual PDR scheme which enables staff to discuss their own development and career aspirations. It is also a suitable forum for seeking additional training, guidance or support.

For further information or to discuss any of these please contact Lucy Townsend, HR Manager.