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Lead Motor Drives Engineer


Design and Development
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

At Dyson we are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes. We’re creative, collaborative, practical and enthusiastic. But most of all we’re hugely passionate about what we do.

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for talented individuals to invent, design and develop market leading products for the global market. By working in our world-class research, design and development (RDD) department, these individuals have the opportunity to work alongside leading technical specialists and highly motivated creative people to create products which fulfil our ambition of being truly different and better than our competitors.

About the role

Dyson offers an exciting opportunity for talented individuals for a permanent Lead 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 the Dyson Digital Motor.

This role will involve the research and development of novel high performance electric motor topologies, assembly methods and control strategies for low cost/high volume domestic and commercial appliances.

You will be based in Malmesbury joining the Dyson Digital Motor Drives (DDMD) team within the Dyson Global Electronics organisation. The DDMD team form part of the wider Motors and Power Systems Group and is a significant part of Dyson RDD with a growing team of more than 100 highly skilled engineers, scientists and technicians in its UK and Singapore offices. The Group focuses on researching and developing cutting-edge electric motors, drives and control systems for integration into existing and future Dyson products from concept design to fully automated production.


  • Lead a team of engineers technically, planning and allocating work packages, or be a subject matter expert in the area of electrical motor design and control.

  • Communicate project progress and technical maturity to senior management and across teams within Dyson.

  • Listen, analyse and review complex information and be able to draw conclusions then take data supported decisions.

  • Develop engineers either using coaching techniques or dispensing technical knowledge.

  • Research and develop novel high performance electric motor topologies, assembly methods and control systems.

  • Use of 2D/3D static and transient electromagnetic Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to model detailed aspects of brushless motor designs.

  • Develop and use dynamic system simulation tools (Matlab/Simulink, SimScape, MathCad, others) 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.

  • Design control systems to achieve product targets, build appropriate models and prototypes to demonstrate function.

  • Scope, create and review new test methods and ensure designs are ready for deployment

  • Analyse measurement data to spot problems, trends and perform root cause analysis

  • 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.

About you

  • A demonstrated understanding of applied electromagnetic machine operation, design and control theory.

  • Industrial experience working in the design and development of electric machines or close subject area

  • Proven track record of being able to take responsibility for delivering a project

  • An appreciation of product development milestone processes   

  • Practical and laboratory skills with confidence in the testing of motors and associated power systems.

  • An understanding of 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

  • Experience of motor control techniques for low and high speed, single-phase and multi-phase permanent magnet and switched reluctance motors.

  • Be a creative thinker, highly self-motivated and self-reliant with enthusiasm for motors and power systems.

  • Be flexible and open-minded to respond quickly to changes in project priorities and develop novel solutions. Be able to demonstrate sound theoretical knowledge, reasoning and problem solving skills in engineering.

  • Able to summarise clearly gathering information for a diverse range of sources and present to multiple audiences in meetings together with a high standard of documentation.

  • A good first degree in an electrical/electronic engineering or equivalent preferably with a machines and drives bias

  • We would prefer candidates had experience in at least one of the following:

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

    • Matlab/Simulink simulation tools or similar

    • Labview or similar test automation software and hardware

    • Applied statistics, particularly measurement and data analysis

  • Experience in supervising, planning for or mentoring junior engineers in an academic or industrial setting

  • Experience of working with other engineering disciplines and/or clients, customers to create a practical solution to defined requirements.

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


  • Performance related bonus

  • Company paid Life Insurance

  • Discounts on Dyson machines

  • Competitive pension scheme

  • Flexible benefits programme with a growing range of voluntary benefits, including the ability to purchase additional holidays

  • 27 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays

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

  • Free on-site parking

  • Subsidized café providing endless free coffee and tea, and a free lunch

  • Private Medical insurance for all employees

  • Employee Assistance Program for employee and dependents

  • Digital GP and prescription service

  • On-site gym


Interview guidance

We are following the government guidelines regarding COVID19. At this time all interviews will be conducted via video or telephone. We’re taking these precautionary measures to protect both our employee and candidate wellbeing. Our Talent Acquisition team will work with you and provide further information as appropriate.