Research Engineer - Thermodynamics


Research Engineering
Malmesbury - United Kingdom


As a Thermodynamics Research Engineer you will be joining a miultidisciplinary 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, and the development of technology to meet identified product requirements. Usually these technologies are being pushed to their limits or being used in unique contexts.


Identify and scope fundamental and applied research projects. Lead a small multidisciplinary team of researchers through the Technology Readiness Level process. Work closely with other teams and departments to ensure the investigations proceed at the correct pace and at the appropriate resolution. 
Applied research work typically spans number of stages 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 number of stages 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.


  • Undergraduate degree in science or engineering. 
  • A 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 Matlab, 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
  • Interested in both theoretical modelling and practical testing. 
  • Interested in the 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. 
  • Willing to work in an environment where project deadlines and project priorities change frequently. 
  • Willing to work in parallel on projects with competing deadlines and competing resources. 
  • Willing working on projects that may not benefit from fully defined technical specifications. 
  • Willing to work in 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 Senior management 


  • 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

Posted: 05 March 2019