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Lead Research Engineer, Biophysics


Science and Research
Singapore - St James Power Station Headquarters

About us

Dyson is a leader in Hair Care appliances, pioneering in this product category with Supersonic, Airwrap and Corrale. These breakthrough products are underpinned by a deep understanding of biological science, performance testing and technology.

About the role

The available role is for a Lead Scientist in our upstream Research department, focusing on investigating the use of visible and near-visible light on our Personal Care product range.

The successful candidate will be required to develop novel theories aligned to our product strategy and prove them through investigation, ideally having strong theoretical and practical experience in the field of biophysics; specifically, the interaction between electromagnetic waves and biological materials (such as hair).

The role will be a part of a first principals research team tasked with exploring new opportunities within the Personal Care category. The team’s primary objective is to develop fundamental understanding from both scientific and consumer perspectives, and conduct research that yields novel innovations and the subsequent development of disruptive and highly effective products.

Although the team has access to the wide array of expertise at Dyson, covering all scientific disciplines, you will be solely responsible for the investigation and development of your project. It is critical that you have a very proactive attitude and can individually progress projects according to broad briefs, while also working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to help identify and realise technical opportunities.

The research and design of investigations, the practical setup of experiments, conducting controlled experiments with appropriate measurements, and performing thorough analysis of results will form the core responsibilities of this position.

Though the role is based in Singapore, Dyson has a research function that spans the globe - to be successful you will need to work closely with a range of teams and disciplines located in a variety of time zones. Maintaining effective working relationships independent of physical location will be essential, requiring strong communication and collaborative skills.

  • Senior researcher leading our investigations into the interaction between light and biological materials.

  • Collaborate with engineering teams specify and develop technologies based on your research.

  • Subject matter expert on the interaction of light and cellular biology; collaborate with other research teams to provide subject matter guidance where necessary.

  • The generation of technical hypotheses that are aligned with category objectives and based on theoretical and experimental insight.

  • Application of theoretical understanding to develop insightful practical experiments.

  • Operation and maintenance of equipment critical to research investigations.

  • Identification of equipment and external collaborations to support research areas.

  • Produce high quality reports tailored for a variety of product development stakeholders.

  • Progress projects using the Dyson research milestone process

  • Present insights and results to James Dyson and the Exec. team when required.

About you

  • Degree qualified in relevant scientific discipline (e.g. Biophysics, Physics, Biology, or any related field)

  • PhD is an advantage but not strictly necessary

  • >5 years post-graduate working experience either in academia, industry, or industry-facing positions e.g. industrial collaborations.

  • Significant experience conducting experiments in a biological lab environment.

  • Fundamental understanding of electromagnetic waves, with specific knowledge around visible and near-visible spectra.

  • Advanced understanding of the interaction between electromagnetic waves and biological structures.

  • Experience conducting experiments into light and its interaction with biology.

  • Experience of consumer-oriented product R&D is highly desirable.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Good communication and presentation skills. Able to translate and communicate complex technical ideas to wider team, senior managers, and directors when required.

  • Inquisitive and tenacious attitude.

Dyson Singapore monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and bonuses. Beyond that, you’ll enjoy a transport allowance and comprehensive medical care and insurance. But financial benefits are just the start of a Dyson career. Professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to fuelling and realising ambition. #LI-DYSON

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.

Interview guidance

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