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Characterisation Engineer-Battery Process Development

Summary

Salary
Competitive
Team
Energy storage
Location
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 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 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

You will join a team of material scientists, electrochemists, mechanical and electronic engineers at Dyson’s Malmesbury Research campus. To meet Dyson’s growing energy storage requirements, your focus will be the hands-on characterisation of materials and components for cells and batteries. In this role you will have access to the latest technologies from around the world and help develop the next generation of batteries. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team and have opportunity to develop capabilities across a range of materials processing, cell assembly and characterisation techniques. 
Key Responsibilities of the role:
  • Gain a clear understanding of Dyson’s Energy Storage Requirements and apply your knowledge to characterise custom materials and components in our cells, enabling the next generation of our products. 
  • Use a combination of practical experience and creative thinking, in in-line and offline materials characterisation, alongside continuous improvement methods, to screen, specify, implement, optimise and exploit both novel and established characterisation techniques that will enable prototype cells, on time and according to specific project objectives.
  • Be responsible for characterisation quality and robustness: from sampling strategies, to method validation, to calibration and the use of appropriate standards/references, to data integrity and traceability, to continuous improvement and the introduction of novel techniques to further contemporary knowledge.
  • Work within a multidisciplinary team to contribute to the development of novel materials, prototype cells and disruptive processes, leading towards the transfer to manufacture.   
  • Be responsible for delivering operational and/or technical tasks and processes across a range of core operational activities across the engineering lifecycle.   

About you

  • Experience in a chemical, physical science or engineering discipline relevant to characterisation and battery manufacturing techniques.
  • Relevant industrial experience. For example, a background in the chemical, battery, electronics, aerospace, assembly industries.  
  • Practical experience of accurate, precise (and sometimes repetitive) characterisation, whilst maintaining quality over extended periods. 
  • Experience of a quality driven research environment, quality and traceability systems and maintaining auditable experimental and analytical records.
  • Practical experience of validating and maintaining automated and semi-automated characterisation equipment, including problem solving. 
  • Practical experience of handling hazardous materials and use of protective equipment.
  • Good understanding of and compliance with health, safety and environmental standards within a chemical and/or hazmat environment.
  • Experience of developing standard operating procedures (SOP) and leading change control in a research and development environment. 
  • Problem solving, analytical, attention to detail. An ability to identify problems and find solutions, providing examples of continuous improvement activity. 
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise tasks relative to wider project needs
  • Excellent team working and interpersonal skills, 
  • Flexibility and adaptability working across disciplines and cultures, in a fast-paced environment.  
  • Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information. Practised in the use of office applications and specialised tools for collecting, recording, processing and presenting data.   
  • Capable of working independently, drafting & executing regular plans, delivering objectives on time and in full.

Desirable experience:
  • Prior experience of the materials and processes used in the energy storage industry (training will be provided)
  • Expert-level knowledge of analytical and characterisation techniques used in chemical and materials characterisation (notably physical, chemical, mechanical, thermal, electrical techniques)
  • Experience of performing quality control procedures from goods-in to final product.
  • Experience of kilo scale chemical manufacture and materials processing
  • Experience of process development and technology transfer.
  • Operation and maintenance of precision equipment. 
  • Understanding of process research and development.
  • Working knowledge of equipment installation, qualification and method development.
  • Experience of advanced technical and operational software tools e.g. Statistical analysis, Design of Experiments, Project Management, Matlab, NI LabView, CAD, FEA/CFD simulation & modelling tools, Six Sigma & change management methods

Benefits

  • 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.