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Lead Polymer Engineer


Energy storage
Malmesbury - United Kingdom

About us

Dyson is a global technology enterprise. We solve the problems others choose to ignore, with uprising new inventions that defy convention and simply work better. We’re driven by progress and thrive on the challenge of relentless improvement. We’re growing fast and our ambition is huge – more categories, more locations and more people.

We push the boundaries of what others have defined as possible. Our engineering approach starts with different thinking. Then we continuously refine our ideas – unwilling to compromise and driven by an obsession for finding a better way. Today we employ more than 5,800 people around the world in software engineering, mechanical engineering and science-related roles.

Dyson’s interest in researching and developing energy storage technologies started more than a decade ago, when it became apparent that the full potential of our DDM motors were starting to be held back by commercially available batteries. Fast-forward to 2021, and we now have over 100 scientists and engineers working on battery R&D across our labs in the UK, US and Singapore.

With multiple generations of Dyson battery technologies ranging from early research through the industrialisation phase, Dyson are recruiting a wide range of roles across their UK and Singapore labs to accelerate progress. These roles include materials scientists, electrochemists, cell design engineers, cell test technicians, cell assembly technicians, mechanical design engineers, manufacturing process development engineers and manufacturing technologists. We are recruiting at all levels of seniority up to senior technical leadership roles.

About the role

Dyson requires an experience and skilled polymer chemist to help it achieve its current and long-term battery ambitions and support its RDD lab activities. The person will be expected to have a deep knowledge of polymer chemistry and polymer solutions. The role will be a mix between research in a laboratory and technical leadership on the research direction. This role is based in Malmesbury with frequent travel to our Oxford office.

You will join a growing team of chemists, physicists and engineers in Dyson’s Strategy & Research Group. Your focus will be to perform chemical processes under guidance from senior scientists. You will:

·       Involved in a program of research developing new polymer materials for Li ion batteries

·       Be heavily focused on hands on laboratory work

·       Suggest new polymeric materials and ways of preparing these materials for Li ion batteries

·       Be responsible for understanding material limitations and solving problems to enable rapid implementation of new cell technologies

·       Keep well informed on new developments in both academia and industry

·       Work together with other researchers to develop materials

·       Work within an energetic research environment focused on innovation

·       Be trained and developed to fully understand the R and D process for Li ion batteries

About you

  • Experience in a research environment developing polymeric materials
  • PhD in Polymer Science
  • Undergraduate degree in Chemistry or related
  • Experience of a Laboratory environment
  • Hardworking and keen to learn
  • Good track record for attention to detail
  • Methodical approach to work
  • Good organisational and planning skills                                         
  • Strong problem-solving skills exemplified by the ability to diagnose and rectify problems
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Enjoy practical work
  • The ability to manage personal contribution to a project with guidance from a manager
  • Good analytical ability and attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal format.
  • To be able to multi-task and plan effectively when working with a variety of project teams in an often high-pressure, competitive environment in an organised manner.
  • Excellent team working skills.

Desirable experience:
  • Familiar with making scientific measurements and understand the importance of accuracy and precision.
  • Be able make calculations to scale up a SOP
  • Keep good records of you work and present results in a meaningful fashion.
  • An understanding and experience of good lab practice, including health and safety, COSHH and risk assessments


  • 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays 
  • Pension scheme 
  • Performance related bonus 
  • Life assurance 
  • Sport centre 
  • Free on-site parking 
  • Subsidised café and restaurants 
  • Discounts on Dyson machines

Interview guidance

We are following the government guidelines regarding COVID19. At this time all interviews will be conducted via video or telephone. We’re taking these precautionary measures to protect both our employee and candidate wellbeing. Our Talent Acquisition team will work with you and provide further information as appropriate.