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Lead/ Associate Principal Mechanical Research Engineer


Science and Research
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

We are looking for a Lead/ Associate Principal Mechanical Research Engineer to join the Heater Research Team within the Research, Design and Development (RDD) department.

The Heater research team is a mixed skill group of material scientists, mechanical engineers and thermodynamics experts, pioneering next generation heating  technologies for future Dyson products. We utilise state of the art labs to design, build and test bespoke technologies in-house at Dyson's Malmesbury campus and we have ambitious plans to deliver a growing range of technology project in the next few years. The team works alongside leading technical specialist in a highly creative working environment. We frequently run projects with third parties around the world including universities, manufactures and research houses and are also called in as subject matter experts to consult on projects at later stages of development with engineering teams in Singapore and Malaysia.

About the role

Key responsibilities:

  • Deliver robust, manufacturable design solutions that fulfil the fundamental design requirements
  • Utilise system engineering principles to define, optimise and validate a technologies performance.
  • Develop 3D CAD and engineering drawings for mechanical components and assemblies along with test rigs and assembly fixtures
  • Review and approve thermal work completed by others
  • Understand and comply with relevant International Standards
  • Be responsible for delivering parts, assemblies and systems from concept to proof of principle. Lead other engineering colleagues as required to support this.
  • Be a source of engineering expertise to advise on design, development, material, manufacturing, validation and test issues
  • Develop and mentor others within the wider team
  • Create new, and improve upon existing, best practices and processes within the team

About you

Required skills and qualifications

  • Degree in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline (2:1 degree or better) with an appreciable level of industrial experience in the design and development of mechanical and thermal systems
  • Strong understanding of thermodynamics and heat transfer principles
  • Capable of performing hand calculations to provide initial design direction and confidence in simulation results
  • Able to carry out thermal CFD analysis of components and assemblies and create a validation programme to verify results
  • High level of knowledge of 3D computer aided design (CAD) software packages and able to use them to prepare 3D models for FE analysis
  • Able to progress tasks autonomously with little direction
  • Able to multi-task, prioritise activities and plan work effectively to ensure project deadlines are met
  • Working knowledge of GD&T
  • Understanding of physical failure methods and approaches to root cause analysis
  • Understanding of design verification approaches and ability to define suitable test methods
  • Understanding of materials science and manufacturing processes
  • Able to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal format

Desired skills and qualifications:

  • An appreciation of other engineering disciplines such as, aerodynamics and electronics
  • Experience using Siemens NX, ANSYS Workbench, ANSYS Fluent and Siemens Teamcenter
  • Able to carry out simple structural analyses of components and assemblies
  • Able to carry out CFD analysis of components and assemblies
  • Appreciation of statistics and robust design techniques
  • Capable of performing tolerance stack analysis on complex assemblies
  • Able to use control software such as Labview and Arduino


  • Performance related bonus
  • Company paid Life Insurance
  • Discounts on Dyson machines
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Flexible benefits programme with a growing range of voluntary benefits, including the ability to purchase additional holidays
  • 27 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays
  • Free bus travel to and from Malmesbury campus from Bristol, Chippenham and Swindon
  • 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 employee and dependents
  • Digital GP and prescription service
  • On-site gym
  • Electrical vehicle lease scheme options

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.