Structural-Thermal Engineer (Thermodynamics Research)

£Competitve + 27 Days Holiday, Bonus, Pension

Malmesbury, United Kingdom


We transform every category we enter with radical and iconic reinventions that work, perform and look very different. The Research Engineer for Thermodynamics will work across fundamental and applied research projects at Dyson.

Dyson Overview

Not many global technology companies can say they’re still led by the founder. But we can. The same man who invented the first bagless vacuum, who persevered for 15 years to sell his idea, then took on Hoover when they stole it. And the same man who, as our Chief Engineer, has personally overseen every Dyson invention since.

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.


Applied research work typically spans Technology Readiness Level 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.


  • Willingness to work in an industry R&D environment which spans fundamental proof-of-concept research to design for mass manufacture.
  • Work in an environment where project deadlines and project priorities can change on a weekly basis.
  • Working on projects that may not benefit from fully defined technical specifications.
  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly growing and evolving company environment where procedures and best practices are still being developed.
  • 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.
  • Hands-on experience building experiment rigs, performing experiments and analysing data.

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