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Lead Research Engineer - Mechanical


Science and Research
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

At Dyson we are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes. We are proud to be authentic, different and pioneers. We are driven by a desire to solve real problems and improve everyday lives with intuitive solutions that do more, but use less. Family owned, we are not restricted by conventional thinking; we explore, discover and learn for ourselves. Never satisfied, we believe everything can always be made better.

About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lead Mechanical Research Engineer to join the highly successful Motors and Power Systems team within the Research, Design and Development (RDD) department.

The team have been pioneers in the industry for more than 15 years, coming up with a range of very high speed, very power dense compressor motors that are highly efficient, cost-effective and robust. These motors are conceived in the UK and manufactured at Dyson’s state-of-the-art facilities in Singapore and Philippines. The team has ambitious growth plans in 2022 in order to deliver an expanding range of high performance motors for Dyson’s existing and future product categories over the next few years.

Within this team the successful applicant will be working on the mechanical design of our Dyson Digital Motors (DDMs).

Key responsibilities

  • Deliver robust design solutions that fulfil the fundamental design requirements

  • Generate design requirements and identify risk areas

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

  • Understand and comply with relevant International Standards

  • Be responsible for delivering parts, assemblies and systems from concept to proof of principle

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

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

About you

Required technical qualifications and skills

  • 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

  • Strong understanding of mechanical engineering principles

  • 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

  • Able to carry out structural FE analysis of components and assemblies, and create an associated validation programme to verify results

  • Able to work with a variety of multi-disciplinary project teams

  • Understanding of materials science and manufacturing processes

Desired technical qualifications and skills

  • 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

  • Able to carry out simple modal, thermal, rotordynamic and impact analyses of components and assemblies

  • Appreciation of statistics and robust design techniques

  • Capable of performing tolerance stack analysis on complex assemblies

  • Confident in building test fixtures/jigs and carrying out FRACASs where required



  •  Performance related bonus

  • Company paid Life Assurance

  • Discounts on Dyson machines

  •  Competitive pension scheme

  • Purchase additional holidays


  • 27 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays

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

  • On-site parking

  • Endless free coffee and tea, and a free lunch

  • Free on-site hair salon

  • On-site lifestyle Assist

  • Electric vehicle scheme


  • Private Medical insurance for all employees

  • Employee Assistance Program for employee and dependants

  • Digital GP and prescription service

  • Fertility treatment support

  • On-site gym and sports centre

  • On-site wellbeing centre


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

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.