Senior Mechanical Research Engineer

£ competitive + bonus + pension + 27 days holiday

Malmesbury, United Kingdom


Dyson offers a unique opportunity for a talented and experienced Senior Mechanical Engineer in the Motors, Power and Electronic Systems Research Team, within Dyson’s Research, Design and Development (RDD) department; based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, U.K.

Market Overview

At Dyson we are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes. We’re creative, collaborative, practical and enthusiastic, but most of all we’re hugely passionate about what we do. We are looking for individuals who wish to invent, design and develop leading products for the global market. By working in our world class Research Design and Development department, these individuals have the opportunity to work alongside other leading technical specialists and highly motivated creative people, to create products which fulfil our ambition of being truly different and better than our competitors.

Function Overview

Dyson products strive to be at the leading edge of technology. Through unique strategic partnerships with global top universities and leading businesses, we gain foresight of up and coming technologies. The technical research team aims to exploit this knowledge to design state-of-the-art products allowing us to differentiate our products from the competition and be ahead of the times. Dyson is expanding into several new and exciting product categories and is positioning itself as a technology company, confirmed by the release of the 360eye robotic vacuum cleaner and recent investments in Sakti3 solid state battery technology. Successful applicants for this role will be part of the team driving these products and others forward. Dyson has invested in a R&D laboratory to support the development and testing of novel battery designs. The battery facility is completed and is now scaling up activities. This growth has created an exciting opportunity within the team for an individual who is keen to push the boundaries of energy storage technology.


Reporting to the Mechanical Research Manager, you will join a growing team of mechanical engineers in Dyson’s Strategy & Research Group. Your focus will be to understand and overcome the mechanical challenges within next generation battery systems. You will:

  • Have the ability to understand the overall product concept and contribute significantly to the design of the product through the use of expert knowledge of the latest technologies / methods in the industry.
  • Meet target specifications such as cost, size, weight and efficiency within the planned timeline of each research project that would contribute to a great product.
  • Apply your knowledge to predict and validate the behaviour of designs comprised of complex materials, including composites and electrochemically active materials.
  • Deliver mechanical solutions that are reliable and fit for purpose in order to satisfy life requirements, help achieve product guarantee periods and comply with all relevant International Standards.
  • Generate innovative solutions with strong & high value IP. Work closely with other engineering disciplines to ensure that the product performance, reliability and cost expectations are met, within the planned timeline of the project.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively the results and project status to a broad spectrum of associated project members and senior management.
  • Have the ability to assess and handle supplier relationships both from a technical and commercial perspective, maintaining confidence in BoM and assembly costs throughout a project.
  • Create plans and manage your own time using planning tools such as Microsoft Project and make sure this is integrated into the overall project plan.


Education and experience:

  • Minimum BEng/MEng degree (2:1 degree or better) in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent with a demonstrable level of industrial experience in the design and development of mechanical systems.

Minimum technical experience and knowledge:

  • Ability to develop mathematics based models for performance prediction, design and analysis.
  • Ability to use 3D computer aided design (CAD) software packages.
  • Strong technical expertise with extensive breadth and depth covering materials selection (including composites), design for fatigue and fracture mechanics, thermal assessment and development of calculation / simulation methods & tools.
  • Appreciation of other disciplines such electrochemistry, thermodynamics, CFD analysis and electrical, electronics and electromagnetic systems.
  • Ability to design and execute material testing, including composite materials.
  • Ability to work autonomously, working across teams.
  • Strong “design-for-manufacture” mentality to deliver low cost, high volume, high performance and reliable solutions.
  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing techniques and common issues with these, ideally with experience in automated assembly techniques.
  • Appreciation of complying to national, European and Worldwide regulations and legislation.

Desirable experience:

  • Experience within the battery industry, particularly design and manufacturing of cylindrical cells.
  • While a candidate may be from an industrial, aerospace or automotive background he/she should demonstrate the understanding required to design for low cost and high volume (more than 1 million units a year).

Benefits Overview

Dyson monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy a profit-related bonus, generous leave and life insurance. But financial benefits are only the start of a Dyson career. Rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture, flexible working hours, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to creativity, innovation and ambition.

Posted: 11-Apr-2017