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Lead Design Engineer - Motors Research


Motors and Power Systems, Research Engineering
Malmesbury - United Kingdom

About us

Within Dyson Research we define what’s next and look to continually push the boundaries of what’s possible. We’re at the very start of the new product ideas chain, working to develop the technologies that enable the products.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lead Design Research Engineer to join the highly successful Motors and Power Systems team within the Research, Design and Development (RDD) department. Within this team the successful applicant will be working on the mechanical design of our Dyson Digital Motors (DDMs).

About the role


  • Deliver robust design solutions that fulfil the fundamental design requirements

  • Generate design requirements and identify risk areas

  • Develop 3D CAD and engineering drawings for motor components and assemblies, along with test rigs and assembly fixtures

  • Review and approve 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

  • Develop innovative and novel concepts with high value IP while considering freedom to operate

  • Be a source of engineering expertise to advise on design, development, material, manufacturing, prototype build and test issues.

  • Develop and mentor others within the wider team

  • Create new, and improve upon existing, best practices and processes within the team

  • As an assembly and component owner, drive the design activities to achieve the best balance between all physical disciplines, liaising with technical experts in Mechanical/Aerodynamic/Acoustic/Thermal/Electromagnetic aspects.

  • Own the master CAD and drawing definition.

  • Ensure the design conforms to best practice

About you

  • 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 systems

  • Capable of performing hand calculations to provide initial design direction and confidence in simulation results

  • High level of knowledge of 3D computer aided design (CAD) software packages

  • 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

  • Able to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal formats

  • Be able to carry out structural FE analysis of components and assemblies

  • Able to progress tasks autonomously with little direction

  • Able to multi-task, prioritise activities and plan work effectively to ensure project deadlines are met


  • Knowledge of power system design, including motors, transmissions and energy storage solutions

  • An appreciation of other engineering disciplines such aerodynamics, thermodynamics, CFD analysis and electrical, electronics and electromagnetic systems

  • Experience using Siemens NX, ANSYS Workbench and Siemens Teamcenter

  • Experience of any relevant manufacturing process simulation techniques

  • Able to carry out simple mechanical and thermal analyses for concept scoping

  • Appreciation of statistics and robust design techniques

  • Appreciation of systems engineering techniques

  • Understanding of materials science and manufacturing processes

  • Capable of performing tolerance stack analysis on complex assemblies

  • Knowledge of compliance and electrical insulation scheme considerations, including creepage and clearance distances, flammability ratings etc

  • Practical skills relating to prototyping, assembling and fixturing

  • Experience of design tools (calculations)


  • 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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