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Lead Cell Engineer

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

Dyson has state-of-the-art R&D laboratory facilities to support the development and testing of novel battery designs. Continued expansion of our activities has created an exciting opportunity within the team for an individual who is keen to get hands on with the development of the next generation of batteries.You will join a team of electrochemists, mechanical and electronic engineers in Dyson’s Strategy and Research Group. Your focus will be on the development of novel cell designs to meet Dyson’s growing Energy Storage requirements. 
In this role you will have access to the latest technologies from around the world and develop the next generation of batteries. You will:
  • Gain a clear understanding of Dyson’s Energy storage requirements and apply your knowledge to develop custom cells, enabling the next generation of our products.
  • Use a combination of practical experience, modelling and theoretical knowledge to optimise electrode design and prototyping.
  • Apply strong characterisation skills to analyse electrodes utilising both physical and electrochemical tools. You will be able to apply these results to drive cell performance.
  • Work within a team to scale electrode designs from small scale batches to prototype cells. Utilising process insight and applied knowledge you will facilitate an accurate and efficient transfer of process.

About you

  • PhD/Eng.D level degree in a physical science or engineering discipline relevant to electrochemical cell research and development.
  • Relevant industrial experience.
  • Track record in the development of lithium-ion/lithium metal technology, applying key electrochemical techniques including galvanostatic cycling, voltammetry and EIS to drive improvement and understanding of cell performance.
  • Comprehensive understanding of critical battery materials, including key trends and developments.
  • Substantial experience in the development of alternative electrolyte systems (such as gel, polymer, solid-state etc.) and clear understanding of the challenges.
  • Robust knowledge of material and electrode characterisation, including particle size distribution, SEM, BET, DSC/TGA, XRD, porosimetry, ionic and electronic conductivity analysis and electrode expansion.
  • Extensive experience of cell failure mode analysis.
  • Excellent analytical ability and attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal format.
  • To be able to multi-task and plan effectively when working with a variety of project teams in an often high-pressure, competitive environment in an organised manner.
  • Ability to lead and manage the identification and resolution of research challenges.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise tasks relative to wider project scope and timelines.
  • Excellent team working skills, including working across teams.

Desirable experience:
  • Exposure to alternative manufacturing routes, for example: spray deposition, extrusion, solid state compounding etc.
  • Knowledge of advanced techniques relevant to cell characterisation, such as XPS, differential electrochemical mass spectroscopy, TEM and FIB milling.
  • Experience of scaling cell design and production methods from small scale to pilot prototype.
  • Understanding of fundamental cell performance modelling.
  • Ability to use Matlab/Python for data-processing automation.

Benefits

  • 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Performance related bonus
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Sport centre
  • Free on-site parking
  • Subsidised café and restaurants
  • Discounts on Dyson machines
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