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Lead Electronics Engineer - Optoelectronics


Science and Research
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for a talented Lead Electronics Engineer- optoelectronics specialising in Sensors Systems within the Technical Research team.  Candidates with experience in optical sensing platforms especially with lasers and LEDs, particulate, multispectral or hyperspectral sensing, optical bio sensing etc. are encouraged to apply. 

The Technical Research team is responsible for a number of disciplines, including sensor system design, signal conditioning, real-time embedded software and microprocessor selection for a variety of projects at a research stage.  The team works with several of 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.

The team is responsible for identifying key sensor technologies to explore, working with our technology scouting team, as well as identifying areas where we can patent and develop our technology.  The team will work with the Embedded Electronics, Software and Mechanical engineers, also within Technical Research, to bring to life complete sensor systems from signal acquisition, conditioning and algorithmic processing for use in our products and test rigs.

Applicants should be proficient in creating and developing sensor hardware or algorithms, with optical sensing platform, especially with lasers and LEDs, particulate, multispectral or hyperspectral sensing, optical bio sensing etc..

The role involves:

  • Owning the sensor hardware, algorithm(s) and/or software architecture in certain sensor projects.
  • Working with the different sub teams within Technical Research, as well as NPI, Technology Scouting, other research groups and development teams, to gain an in-depth product understanding, while using your expert knowledge of the latest sensor technologies to identify technology usage and also to develop innovative solutions.
  • Working with the other disciplines to solve complex system level problems and find hardware and software solutions.
  • Developing concepts and demonstrating designs are robust and viable for use in product through detailed simulation and laboratory testing, prior to handover to the development teams.
  • Ensuring all requirements and architecture details are fully documented at the appropriate milestones.
  • Generation of suitable test specifications to ensure product reliability and robustness at key stages prior to handover to the development teams. This potentially includes the development of test environments including simulation, emulation and hardware/test equipment interactions.
  • Pulling together review packs which typically include concept specifications, requirements and specification documentation, risk registers, FMEAs and design guides.
  • Working with third parties to identify suitable technologies and bringing those technologies to life in our products.
  • Researching into new and emerging technologies through visiting conferences, trade shows, meeting suppliers, reading papers and patents.

Education and experience:

BEng/Meng/PhD degree in Electronic Engineering, BSc/MSc/PhD in Physics/Optoelectronics or other relevant discipline, or a demonstrable level of industrial experience in a relevant industry.  A candidate should be able to demonstrate proficiency in sensor hardware or algorithm design and test.

The team is a research team and candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to innovate and research (e.g. through patent publications, papers, developing new technologies etc).

We are looking for applicants with knowledge of optical sensors that can be used in a variety of projects and not necessarily in existing categories you would expect from Dyson, especially experienced with lasers and LEDs, particulate, multispectral or hyperspectral sensing, optical bio sensing etc.

Technical knowledge:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Essential Management skills:

  • Ability to build and manage supplier relationships.
  • Ability to generate task lists and timelines to help build project plans and manage risk in projects.

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:

  • Experience of FPGA design (Verilog/VHDL).
  • Knowledge of Atlassian tools, including Jira, Confluence and Bitbucket.
  • Knowledge of microcontrollers, preferably including ARM Cortex M series.
  • Knowledge of embedded C programming and MATLAB or Python

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.

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