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Design, development and research engineer
Between 2006 and 2009, 0.8% of employed doctoral graduates, or 110 doctoral graduates in total are known to have been working as design and development engineers six months after graduation.
Doctoral level design and development engineers are typically found in research roles outside the higher education sector at the start of their careers, although many do enter higher education research roles.
Design/development engineers are engineers involved in research of new products or processes. These positions can often be very skilled and require considerable technical and practical knowledge and experience. A significant proportion of role are taken up by graduates from postgraduate backgrounds and it is the most common role in engineering, after mechanical engineering roles, that new doctoral graduates enter.
Design and development engineers will typically research the solutions to problems using innovative methods or technology. They may need to design new equipment or even facilities to achieve the desired outcome and to test them, and they are commonly responsible for the evaluation of the outcomes of the project they address.
Design and development engineers are found in a range of sectors and settings, where new technology or processes may need to be developed to solve a problem.