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Associate Principal Engineer - Sensors


Science and Research
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

The Technical Research team is responsible for a few disciplines, including motor drive design, heater control, battery management software, and sensor systems.  The team works with 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.

About the role

We are looking for an expert in sensor systems with Electronics /Optoelectronics research and development experience, along with people management experience to run the sensor team within Technical Research. 

You should be proficient in creating and developing sensor systems/architectures, meeting the needs of the various sensor research projects along with design verification.

The role involves:

  • Working with the different sub teams within Technical Research, as well as New Product Innovation, other research groups and development teams to gain an in depth product understanding, while using your expert knowledge of the latest technologies to create innovative systems and solutions.

  • Leading the team to develop the concept and demonstrates designs are robust and viable for use in product through detailed laboratory testing, prior to handover to the development teams.

  • Ensuring the team generates suitable test specifications to ensure product reliability and robustness at key stages during code development. This includes the development of test environments including simulation, emulation and hardware/test equipment interactions.

  • Assisting in the personal development of the team and undertaking regular performance conversations with the team.

  • Driving the technical direction for new developments and ensuring that our sensor system/s is/are developed both efficiently and to our quality requirements.

  • Leading sensor system design review activities.

  • Working with the other disciplines to solve complex system level problems and find solutions.

  • Making sure all sensor research requirements and architecture details are fully documented by the team.

  • Ensuring review packs are ready for project milestones and are to a produced to a high standard.  The review packs typically include concept specifications, requirement and specification documentation, risk registers, FMEAs and design guides.

  • Driving the team to develop/use tools to optimize the development.

  • Pulling together slide packs for presentation to the leadership team when required.

  • Researching into new and emerging technologies through visiting conferences, trade shows, reading papers and patents.

About you

  • A relevant Electronic and Optoelectronics engineering qualification or other relevant discipline with industrial experience in a relevant industry.

Minimum technical knowledge:

  • In-depth knowledge of optoelectronic sensor design. 

  • 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.

  • Experience of working in a laboratory environment.

  • 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.

  • Good quality engineering process understanding and appreciation.

  • Familiar with creating requirement documents.

Essential Management skills:

  • Previous people management experience.

  • Proven ability to build and manage supplier relationships.

  • Ability to manage several projects running concurrently.

  • Budget setting and management.

Essential behavioural skills:

  • 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.

  • Ability 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.

  • Excellent team working skills.

Additional experience that is desirable:

  • Use of Atlassian tools (JIRA, Fisheye, Crucible etc).

  • Knowledge of Python / Matlab scripting.

  • Experience of FPGA design (Verilog/VHDL).

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

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


  • 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.

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.