Motor Drives Engineer
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
This role will involve the research and development of novel high performance electric motor topologies, assembly methods and electronic control strategies for low cost/high volume domestic and commercial appliances. You will be based in Malmesbury joining the Dyson Motors and Power Systems Group. The Dyson Motors & Power Systems Group is a significant part of Dyson RDD with a growing team of more than 100 highly skilled engineers, scientists and technicians in its Malmesbury, Singapore and Newcastle offices. The Group focuses on researching and developing cutting-edge motor drives for existing and future Dyson products from concept design to fully automated production.
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Sometimes, making a technological leap forward means going back to the beginning. Since 1999, we’ve spent £150m building a motor from scratch – small, light and efficient, yet extremely powerful. Our motors are what enable our technology to be different – it’s why they’re protected by 20 to 30 patents. But the next generation demands new directions. Energy storage, robotics, nanotechnology and space-age materials. So our multi-disciplinary team, led by some of the world’s best power electronics engineers, knows that only the most pioneering thinking will do.
Working knowledge of the fundamentals of electromagnetic machine operation and an appreciation of machine design theory preferably coupled with experience in the use of 2D and 3D static and transient electromagnetic FEA software such as Infolytica’s MagNet.
Practical and laboratory skills with confidence in the testing of motors and associated power systems.
An understanding of system level simulation of motor drives (including electronics and software aspects of the drive) and the role of this in the integrated development of design and control
We would prefer familiarity with Matlab/Simulink simulation tools
An appreciation of motor control techniques for low and high speed, single-phase and multi-phase permanent magnet and switched reluctance motors.
Be a creative thinker, highly self-motivated and self-reliant with enthusiasm for motors and power systems.
Be flexible and open-minded to respond quickly to changes in project priorities and develop novel solutions. Be able to demonstrate sound theoretical knowledge, reasoning and problem solving skills in engineering.
Be able to clearly report progress in meetings together with a high standard of documentation.
A good first degree in an electrical/electronic engineering or equivalent preferably with a machines and drives bias
This is what we need you to do
- Research and develop novel high performance electric motor topologies and construction methods.
- Use of 2D/3D static and transient electromagnetic Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to model detailed aspects of brushless motor designs.
- Develop and use dynamic system simulation tools (Matlab/Simulink, MathCad) to: Accurately model motor performance Develop the motor controls to meet the target performance Optimise the electromagnetic design to meet product specific requirements, e.g. lowest cost/smallest and most efficient solution.
- Test & validate new motor drive designs Work with other Dyson motor drives, electronics and mechanical engineers from Malmesbury and Singapore to ensure that the product performance, reliability and cost expectations are met, all within the planned timeline of the project.
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.