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Associate Principal Electronics Engineer-Sensors


Science and Research
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for a talented Lead Electronics Engineer- optoelectronics specialising in Sensors Systems within the Technical Research team.  If you have experience in optical sensing platforms especially with lasers and LEDs, particulate, multispectral or hyperspectral sensing, optical bio sensing etc. we would like to hear from you. 

The Technical Research team is responsible for a number of disciplines, including sensor system design, signal conditioning, real-time embedded software and microprocessor selection for a variety of projects at a research stage.  The team works with several of the New Product Innovation Teams, including Floor Care, Environmental Control, New Category and Hair Care, to deliver technologies into our ever-expanding product portfolio.  The work often involves shorter-term projects targeting specific products, alongside longer-term research projects.  Technologies transfer to the downstream development teams once they reach suitable maturity.

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About the role

The team is responsible for identifying key sensor technologies to explore, working with our technology scouting team, as well as identifying areas where we can patent and develop our technology.  The team will work with the Embedded Electronics, Software and Mechanical engineers, also within Technical Research, to bring to life complete sensor systems from signal acquisition, conditioning and algorithmic processing for use in our products and test rigs.

  • Taking a lead role on an integrated research programme, working as an individual contributor or supervising engineering teams.

  • Being a ‘go to’ subject matter expert in an area of technology.

  • Driving knowledge and innovation across multipole teams in the business.

  • Reviewing the work of others. Responsible for final sign off.

  • Designing and building demonstration rigs to convey ideas to others.

  • Producing well engineered early design concepts for handover to development teams.

  • Reviewing relevant papers and patents and meeting with suppliers to keep informed of emerging technologies.

  • A balance of creative and pragmatic engineering approaches.

Education and experience:

BEng/MEng/PhD degree (or equivalent) in Electronic Engineering, BSc/MSc/PhD (or equivalent) in Physics/Optoelectronics or other relevant discipline, or a demonstrable level of industrial experience in a relevant industry.  You should be able to demonstrate proficiency in sensor hardware or algorithm design and test.

The team is a research team and you will be expected to demonstrate an ability to innovate and research (e.g. through patent publications, papers, developing new technologies etc).

We are looking for applicants with knowledge of Optoectronics/Electroniocs /optical sensors that can be used in a variety of projects and not necessarily in existing categories you would expect from Dyson, especially experienced with lasers and LEDs, particulate, multispectral or hyperspectral sensing, optical bio sensing etc.


  • Experience of physical characterisation of sensors.

  • In-depth knowledge of circuit theory and design of analogue signal conditioning and digital signal processing techniques. 

  • Knowledge of semiconductor design, schematic capture and PCB layout using electronic CAD tools.

  • Simulation and analysis using Matlab or Python and SPICE based tools.

  • Good quality engineering process understanding and appreciation.

  • Familiar with creating requirement documents.

  • Use of lab equipment to set up experiments and to take precise measurements.

  • Experience of working in a laboratory environment and developing test rigs and test methods.

  • Filing innovative patents and research publication.

  • Well versed with industrial standards for sensor research.

Essential Management skills:

  • Ability to build and manage supplier relationships.

  • Ability to generate task lists and timelines to help build project plans and manage risk in projects.

Essential behavioural skills:

  • A bility to adapt or generate imaginative and innovative ideas, in line with core Dyson values.

  • Ability to multi-task and plan effectively when working with a variety of project teams.

  • Good analytical ability and attention to detail.

  • Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal format to engineers and up to executive level.

  • Excellent team working skills. 

Additional experience that is desirable:

  • Experience of FPGA design (Verilog/VHDL).

  • Knowledge of Atlassian tools, including Jira, Confluence and Bitbucket.

  • Knowledge of microcontrollers, preferably including ARM Cortex M series.

  • Knowledge of embedded C programming and MATLAB or Python.


  • Performance related bonus.

  • Company paid Life Insurance.

  • Discounts on Dyson machines.

  • On-site gym and sport centre.

  • Competitive pension scheme.

  • Flexible benefits program with a growing range of voluntary benefits, including the option to purchase additional holidays.

  • 27 days holiday plus statutory public holidays.

  • Free bus travel to and from Malmesbury campus from Bristol, Chippenham, Swindon and Bath.

  • Free on-site parking.

  • Subsidized café providing endless free coffee and tea and a free lunch.

  • Private Medical insurance for all employees.

  • Employee Assistance Program for employees and dependents.

  • Digital GP and prescription service.



Dyson is an equal opportunity employer. We know that great minds don’t think alike, and it takes all kinds of minds to make our technology so unique. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and employment decisions are made without regard to race, colour, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other any other dimension of diversity.

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