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Senior Materials Scientist

Summary

Salary
Competitive
Team
Energy storage
Location
Malmesbury - United Kingdom

About us

We start with an engineering mindset and different thinking, then continuously refine our ideas, unwilling to compromise until we’ve found a better way.
We push the boundaries of what others have defined as possible. Our approach starts with an engineering mindset and different thinking. Then we continuously refine our ideas – unwilling to compromise and driven by an obsession for finding a better way.
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

There is a requirement for a Senior Scientist within the Energy Storage team, developing solid-state batteries and taking ideas from research through to pilot scale manufacture.  
This role is a key part of the team that is going to succeed in overcoming these challenges by combining experience, creativity, and clear thinking with innovative designs to keep Dyson at the leading edge of energy storage technologies.
Initially this role is focused on tackling key challenges to enable scalable manufacture of solid-state batteries.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Characterise outputs from pilot equipment and use the information to drive development of industrially relevant manufacturing processes. 
  • Demonstrate proposed solutions are safe, and fit-for-purpose for a high-volume manufacturing environment.

About you

  • A chemist, materials scientist or engineer with significant experience working on the synthesis and characterisation of ceramic and polymeric materials. 
  • A confident, creative scientist or engineer with at least 5 years’ experience working in the chemical, materials development, fuel-cell, or battery industries.  
  • A self-starter but also hands-on, numerically confident, and capable, with a demonstrable track record of delivering objectives. Experience in fast-paced development environments, with the capability to think on their feet.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and able to quickly pivot based on evolving business requirements.
  • Degree in a scientific or engineering discipline
  • Experience industrial developing materials and characterisation methods.  
  • Project progression – can demonstrate having worked on a product/idea/process from research (early phase) through to demonstration of technology 
  • Stakeholder management including demonstrated decision influencing
  • Good understanding of the safety aspects of the proposed processes, and how these change with scale

Desirable Experience:
  • Background in materials characterisation techniques: XRD, SEM, XPS, Raman
  • Experience of battery material/cell development would be highly desirable.
  • Experience working with moisture sensitive compounds
  • Familiarity with risk assessments, COSHH, HAZOP processes. 
  • Data acquisition & Processing 

Benefits

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