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Lead Materials Synthesis Engineer

Summary

Salary
Competitive
Team
Energy storage
Location
Oxford, United Kingdom

About us

Dyson is a global technology enterprise. We solve the problems others choose to ignore, with uprising new inventions that defy convention and simply work better. We’re driven by progress and thrive on the challenge of relentless improvement. 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 engineering approach starts with different thinking. Then we continuously refine our ideas – unwilling to compromise and driven by an obsession for finding a better way. Today we employ more than 5,800 people around the world in software engineering, mechanical engineering and science-related roles.

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


You will join a team of material scientists, electrochemists, mechanical and electronic engineers at Dyson’s Malmesbury Research campus. To meet Dyson’s growing energy storage requirements, your focus will be the hands-on preparation, development and scale-up of novel materials and components for cells. In this role you will have access to the latest technologies from around the world and develop the next generation of batteries. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team and have opportunity to develop capabilities across a range of materials processing, cell assembly and characterisation techniques.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Gain a clear understanding of Dyson’s Energy Storage Requirements and apply your knowledge to develop custom materials and components in our cells, enabling the next generation of our products.
  • Use a combination of practical experience in manual and semi-automated materials processing alongside continuous improvement to carry out and optimise processes that provide materials for cell prototyping on time and in full.
  • Be responsible for quality, from traceability to characterisation to advance materials and cell performance.
  • Work within a multidisciplinary team to scale processes from discovery to prototype cells. Utilising process insight and applied knowledge you will facilitate new product introductions and transfer developed processes to manufacture.    

About you

  • Degree qualified or equivalent experience in a chemical, physical science or engineering discipline relevant to chemical processing and/or battery manufacturing techniques.
  • Relevant industrial experience. For example, a background in the battery, chemical or food industries. 
  • Practical experience of using, cleaning and maintaining batch manufacturing and semi-automated pilot line equipment. 
  • Practical experience of handling hazardous materials and use of protective equipment.
  • Good understanding of health, safety and environmental responsibilities within a chemical environment.
  • Experience of a quality driven research environment, traceability systems and maintaining auditable batch records.
  • Experience of following standard operating procedures and change control in a research and development environment. 
  • Experience of performing quality control procedures from goods-in to final product.
  • Problem solving, analytical with an attention to detail. An ability to identify, resolve or suggest solutions for material processing issues, providing examples of continuous improvement activity. 
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise tasks relative to wider project scope and timelines.
  • Excellent team working and interpersonal skills, including flexibility and adaptability whilst working across teams.  
  • Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information. Practised in the use of office applications for recording, processing and presenting data.   
  • Capable of working independently to plan ahead, deliver materials and complete tasks on time and in full.

Desirable experience
  • Prior experience of the materials and processes used in the energy storage industry, training will be provided.
  • Practical knowledge of analytical and characterisation techniques used in chemical and materials processing.
  • Experience of process development and technical transfer.
  • Experience of kilo scale pilot operations, handling solvents and powders.
  • Operation of coating lines and/or converting equipment. 
  • Knowledge of manual and automated cell assembly equipment. 
  • Understanding of process research and development.
  • Working knowledge of good engineering practise and equipment qualification.
  • Lean Six Sigma methodologies

Benefits

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

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