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Lead / Associate Principal Motor Drives Engineer


Design and Development
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

Motors are the heartbeat for many of our products here at Dyson, bringing to life revolutionary technology and concepts in new and imaginative ways. The highly skilled team is responsible for bringing novel high performance electric motor topologies from an idea into mass production. The team specialises in electromagnetics and advanced control techniques, working closely across different disciplines to challenge convention and the state-of-the-art. The Motor Drives and Advanced Control team are looking for engineers to join them in the UK to be part of a dynamic global team with 75 people reaching into Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, working together to make the next generations of Dyson Digital Motors a reality

About the role

Dyson offers an exciting opportunity for talented individuals for a permanent Lead or Associate Principal Motor Drives Engineer position based in its Research, Design and Development (RDD) Centre in Malmesbury, U.K. as part of the dynamic global team working on Dyson Digital Motor platforms.


  • You are researching and developing either:

    • Novel high performance electric motor electromagnetic designs

    • Novel motor assembly methods

    • Motor control systems

  • You will work with and improve simulation tools (typically Matlab/Simulink/SimScape, MagNet or Maxwell) to:

    • Accurately model motor and system performance

    • Develop the motor controls to meet the target performance

    • Optimise the electromagnetic design to meet product specific requirements, e.g. lowest cost/smallest and most efficient solution

  • You proactively scope and build appropriate simulation models and physical prototyping along with tests on both to mature the team’s designs. You will estimate the time taken for their work and coordinate with the project leadership and our team’s management.

  • You will work with other Dyson motor drives, control, electronics and mechanical engineers from Malmesbury and Singapore to ensure that the product performance, reliability and cost expectations are met, all within the planned timeline of the project.

  • To take on difficult challenges within motor & control projects and development toolsets using internal and external bodies of knowledge. You use a reasoned, timebound approach to finding root causes to problems and executing solutions.

  • To listen to the needs of the team and the project, independently prioritising their time to accelerate delivery and improve technical maturity.

  • To regularly perform analysis and review of complex information. Datasets are not always complete or ideal and you evaluate the accuracy of your conclusions and the resulting risks.

  • You are relied on to perform fundamental check and review on solutions in progress. You are quickly able to orientate within a new project to provide balanced analysis and support. You are open minded and flexible as project priorities change.

  • You are humble, credible and approachable:

    • as a technical mentor to junior team members, cultivating development of problem-solving skills and core technical expertise

    • as a resource that supports the Motor & Power Systems group’s strategic development

  • You will use your expertise in motors & control systems to collaborate with a wide team of multidisciplinary engineers to get the best solution in a wide range of applications.

  • You will frequently communicate across a wide range of audiences. You concisely report progress and technical maturity to senior management and across teams within Dyson. You brief other experts in detail on findings, new capabilities and processes.

About you

  • You have made a career of taking responsibility for difficult technical challenges and solving problems on a diverse range of projects.

  • You will have a history of combining fundamental knowledge, up-to-date technical literature with reasoning and creativity to solve applied engineering problems.

  • You have made constructive changes to many different toolsets and processes within a larger team.

  • You have developed novel designs or matured technologies from early concept to a high readiness level. You understand how to report and manage technical and timeline risk during this process.

  • You have a demonstrated understanding of and enthusiasm for applied electromagnetic machine operation, electromagnetic design methods and control theory and have focussed on one of these areas over a significant academic or industrial career.

  • You have derived requirements on several projects from an overall project goal and managed conflicting priorities with project stakeholders.

  • You have performed and learned from planning activities on complex projects. You can plan for yourself and for a small team if required.

  • You have summarised complex issues clearly, providing relevant information to a wide range of audiences. You communicate with an understanding of the audiences needs changing style and detail appropriately.

  • You have worked with hardware and are an expert in accurately making complex measurements on motors, control algorithms and associated power systems. You have specified measurement equipment and test procedures for applications beyond typical acceptance tests.

  • You are an expert in system level simulation of motor drives (including electronics and software aspects of the drive) and the role of this in the integrated development of motor and control design.

  • You have experienced product/technology development processes (TRL / development milestones ) and understand what is typically required at each stage.   

  • You should have significant experience in at least one of the following:

    • Use of 2D and 3D static and transient electromagnetic FEA software such as Infolytica’s MagNet, Ansys Maxwell or other industry standard packages.

    • Matlab/Simulink simulation tools or similar

    • Labview or similar test automation software and hardware

  • You have experience in mentoring junior engineers in an academic or industrial setting.

  • You have applied statistics, particularly measurement system analysis, to understand and solve problems.

  • You have a PhD in an electrical/electronic engineering or equivalent experience preferably with a machines and drives bias. You have since continued your development for several years keeping up with the state-of-the-art, improving soft skills and learning effective processes.

  • For applicants from non-English speaking countries, proficiency in spoken and written English is mandatory.



  • Performance related bonus 

  • Company paid Life Assurance 

  • Discounts on Dyson machines 

  • Competitive pension scheme 

  • Purchase additional holidays  


  • 27 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays 

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

  • On-site parking 

  • Endless free coffee and tea, and a free lunch  

  • Free on-site hair salon 

  • On-site lifestyle Assist 

  • Electric vehicle scheme  


  • Private Medical insurance for all employees 

  • Employee Assistance Program for employee and dependents 

  • Digital GP and prescription service 

  • Fertility treatment support 

  • On-site gym and sports centre 

  • On-site wellbeing centre 


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.