Edinburgh, UK

Posted on: 2022-01-03

Category: energy

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Head of Civil Design and Mining Engineering

About the company:

Gravitricity Ltd is an energy storage company based in Edinburgh, UK. We are developing a grid-scale mechanical energy storage technology which shares many of the best attributes of lithium batteries and pumped storage – offering fast, versatile electricity storage which can be located exactly where it is required.

It will appeal to network-constrained users and operators, distribution networks and major power users and has potential to provide significant network benefits including reduced overall costs.
Over the next 12 months we will be undertaking sub-system design and testing at an existing mine site, and aim to trial our first full-scale prototype in 2022. Our demonstrator testing concluded in summer 2021.

A new role has arisen for a highly experienced civil design or mining engineer to take ownership of the
work to integrate our mechanical technology into the underground environment. This will be a
challenging and rewarding role that will require you to span a range of technical interfaces. This could
suit someone with experience in the mining industry, but we are open to any background with the
right skills. The right person will be very self-driven to work innovatively across several areas of the
technology, be able to learn fast and be comfortable working outside of their core expertise. An
innovative, entrepreneurial attitude is also crucial.
We are a small but growing team, working closely together and with a range of external companies
and consultants, so a collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit is crucial along with great interpersonal
and communication skills. This person will need to recruit and manage other team members 

This role will work across some of these areas:
Mineshaft Integration: Working in close collaboration with Gravitricity’s Lead Engineer and external
engineering teams, the appropriate candidate will be a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual
who is comfortable leading on the development of novel mine retrofitting processes. These will
include activities such as foundation design near the shaft head, shaft repairs, shaft furnishing
removal, and interfacing with guidance systems. An understanding of underground environments will
be beneficial, for example, knowledge of hydrogeological processes and atmospheric conditions in
New shaft Projects: The successful candidate will lead the ongoing development of a parametric
model for shaft sinking costs which will contribute to overall project cost estimates, and our work
with civil-engineering partners. The work will include proactive investigation of novel shaft sinking
technologies and assessment of their costs, advantages, and limitations.
Shaft Maintenance: Take ownership of the development of shaft maintenance plans for operational
Gravitricity systems. This will involve creating new processes and undertaking optimisation activities
that maximise the availability of the energy storage system, whilst also capturing data (for the
purposes of this novel system) on the shaft condition, to plan and implement maintenance as
Standards and Compliance: Investigation of civil and mining standards in different territories will be
conducted to confirm how they will apply to Gravitricity’s technology. In some locations, this may lead
to a requirement to develop new standards or propose amendments to existing standards to cater for
gravitational energy storage. As part of this process, it will be important to maintain a clear
relationship between ongoing design choices and the standards landscape. This may differ for existing
and new shafts and will also account for operations requiring human access vs normal unmanned
MF Nov 2021
Core Skills and Experience
• Minimum 8 years relevant experience, preferably CEng or equivalent.
• BEng or higher in Mining Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, or other suitable science
• Excellent understanding of engineering first principles, ideally spanning both civil and mining
• Proven record of finding creative methods to explore complex new challenges.
Beneficial Skills
• Experience developing procedures for novel technologies.
• Direct experience of designing and analysing foundation structures
• Proven ability to sensitively motivate and manage a team.
• Understanding of the design, testing and implementation of civil infrastructure in the mine
• Prior knowledge of European mining regulations relating to shafts and mine hoists.
• Chance to make a significant impact within a small and dynamic company developing a
technology vital for the global energy transition.
• Competitive salary dependent on experience.
• Modern, flexible company: all staff given option to work 4-day week (pro rata).
• 6% employer pension contribution.
• EMI options scheme.
We are a small company, actively building a diverse and passionate team, and encourage anybody
with enthusiasm and know-how to apply, irrespective of your background.
In order to apply please send a CV and a cover letter, explaining why you would be motivated to work
with us to [email protected]