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Senior Motor Drives Engineer


Motors and Power Systems
Malmesbury - United Kingdom

About us

Dyson is a global technology enterprise. We solve the problems others choose to ignore, with surprising 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.

About the role

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for experienced engineers as a permanent Senior Motor Drives Engineer position based in its Research, Design and Development (RDD) Centre in Malmesbury, U.K. which focuses on researching and developing high performance electrical machines and drives.
  • Lead development of novel high performance electric motor topologies and construction methods. 
  • On a day to day basis you would either (or both):
    • Use, create, review and maintain tools (normally Finite Element Analysis) for detailed electromagnetic modelling for development and optimisation of motor designs.
    • Use, specify, develop, integrate, improve and extend dynamic system simulation tools (Matlab/Simulink/SimScape) to accurately model motor performance. Develop motor control and electromagnetic designs to meet the target performance. Use system modelling to meet product specific requirements, e.g. lowest cost/smallest and most efficient solution for the whole power system.
  • Lead, instigate and evaluate physical and virtual testing & verification of new motor designs, control systems and capability expansions. Responsible for ensuring test coverage and effectiveness.
  • Work with other Dyson Engineers globally to deliver the best solution for the user and product. As a senior engineer you will be responsible for ensuring development is not siloed and that the needs of other disciplines and teams are accounted for in design and optimisation. 
  • Define product performance, reliability and cost expectations to meet product goals. Assist with scoping and ensure this can be met within the planned timeline of the project.
  • Mentor junior members of the team to help them understand technical matters and the engineering project lifecycle. This may include Dyson Institute undergraduate students.
  • Work with cross-functional teams on urgent issues arising from production, development, company requirements or time-bound opportunities.
  • Ensure innovation, tool and project documentation is delivered and is of the required standard.
  • Monitor lab procedures to ensure safe working, validity of test results and best use of engineer-time.
  • Instigate improvements to toolsets, equipment, procedures, test methods and ways of working to support the team’s delivery of challenging projects.

About you

  • A track record of demonstrating sound theoretical knowledge, reasoning and problem solving skills in engineering.
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team. Be flexible, open-minded and use your experience to allow the team to respond quickly to changes in project priorities and to develop the best overall solution. 
  • Be a creative thinker, highly self-motivated and self-reliant with enthusiasm for motors and power systems
  • Practical knowledge of the fundamentals of electromagnetic machine operation and an appreciation of machine design theory coupled with either:
    • Experience in the use of 2D and 3D static and transient electromagnetic FEA software such as Infolytica’s MagNet, Ansys Maxwell
    • Expertise in system-level simulation of motors and drives (including electronics and software aspects of the drive) and the role of this in the integrated development of design and control.
  • Practical and laboratory skills with confidence in the critical testing of motors, associated control and power systems. Experience in troubleshooting measurement, integration or production issues.
  • Experience with Matlab/Simulink/SimScape simulation toolsets.
  • Experience with motor control (including position sensing) techniques. Including software and hardware requirements.
  • Working knowledge of control design for embedded systems.
  • Be able to clearly report progress in internal and external meetings, calls, team presentations together with producing a high standard of documentation
  • First degree in electrical/electronic engineering or equivalent, preferably with a machines and drives bias. Subsequent applied industrial/academic experience including work on live projects and delivery of integrated systems.
  • Experience with Model Based Design of control systems. 
  • Experience with Rapid Control Prototyping tools and techniques
  • Experience with multi-objective optimisation techniques
  • Applied statistical data analysis in a design and development environment. 
  • Experience managing and mentoring other engineers


  • 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.