Senior / Advanced Research Engineer (Thermodynamics)

£Competitve + 27 Days Holiday, Pension, Bonus

Malmesbury, United Kingdom


As the Senior Research Engineer in Thermodynamics Research, you will lead a small multidisciplinary team of researchers through the Technology Readiness Level Process.

Dyson Overview

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James Dyson still defines the spirit of Dyson today. His entrepreneurial edge and tenacity guide our fighting spirit. Still family owned, we’re fiercely independent. Who we are and what we invent is down to us, and us alone. And we remain committed to keeping it this way.

Market Overview

Home to our global Research, Design and Development centre and all of our Commercial functions, Dyson HQ is tucked away in countryside famous for the railway tunnels and bridges of Isambard Brunel, who revolutionised modern engineering. Our secluded location helps us to protect our ideas and stay independent-minded. Yet nearby are the fashionable cities of Bristol and Bath (where a young James Dyson invented cyclone technology).

Function Overview

The thermodynamics research team is a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists. The team investigates core heat transfer, mass transfer and related materials technologies for future products. These investigations cover: fundamental research of phenomena and technologies which may inform future products, development of technology to meet identified product requirements. Usually these technologies are being pushed to their limits or being used in unique contexts.


You will identify and scope fundamental and applied research projects. Working closely with other teams and departments, you will ensure the investigations proceed at the correct pace and at the appropriate resolution. Applied research work typically spans TRL 3 to 7 and is linked with a well-defined product vision.

  • Identify core technology specifications important to achieving the overall product vision specification
  • Scope a technology investigation and identify major lead times, resource constraints, costs, and mismatches with the products milestone plan.
  • Search, on-board and manage prototyping suppliers.
  • Build, test and trade-off feasible technology prototypes.
  • Optimise prototypes for product integration and representative operating conditions.
  • Assist with the selection of materials, manufacturing methods and suppliers for mass production.

Fundamental research work typically spans TRL 0 to 5 and results in technology or fundamental knowledge which could feature in a future product:

  • Identify an interesting core technology (or phenomenon) for investigation in line with the company vision.
  • Perform a background investigation of literature and patents.
  • Propose a scope of work and possible product applications.
  • Create a model of the technology and build prototypes.
  • Validate models and refine the prototype design.


  • Interested in both theoretical modelling and practical testing.
  • Design and build of test rigs.
  • Willingness to work in an industry R&D environment which spans fundamental proof-of-concept research to design for mass manufacture.
  • Comfortable working in an ambiguous environment where project requirements change regularly
  • Confident enough to present and defend research work in front of James Dyson.
  • Undergraduate degree in science or engineering
  • Good understanding of heat transfer, mass transfer, materials, and manufacturing methods.
  • Experience coding and validating numerical models of physical systems
  • Experience creating physical simulations in packages such as COMSOL, ANSYS or similar
  • Hands-on experience building experiment rigs, performing experiments and analysing data.


  • R&D experience in industry or academia
  • Experience leading small technical teams

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: 20-Apr-2017