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Lead Research Engineer – Thermal / Mechanical


Science and Research
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

Dyson is a global technology enterprise. We solve the problems others choose to ignore, with surprising new inventions that defy convention and simply work better. We’re growing fast and our ambition is huge – more categories, more locations and more people.

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
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lead Thermal/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 technologies for Dyson’s existing and future product categories over the next few years. 

Within this team the successful applicant will be working on the thermal/mechanical design of our heaters and motors.

Key responsibilities

  • Deliver robust, manufacturable 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

  • Review and approve thermal work completed by others

  • Understand and comply with relevant International Standards

  • Be responsible for delivering parts, assemblies and systems from concept to proof of principle. Lead other engineering colleagues as required to support this

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

  • Be a source of engineering expertise to advise on design, development, material, manufacturing, validation and test issues

  • Develop and mentor others within the wider team

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

About you

Required skills and qualifications

  • 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 and thermal systems

  • Strong understanding of thermodynamics and heat transfer principles

  • Capable of performing hand calculations to provide initial design direction and confidence in simulation results

  • Understanding of heat generation, transfer and storage technologies

  • Able to carry out thermal CFD and resistance network analysis of components and assemblies and create a validation programme to verify results

  • High level of knowledge of 3D computer aided design (CAD) software packages and able to use them to prepare 3D models for FE analysis

  • Able to progress tasks autonomously with little direction

  • Able to multi-task, prioritise activities and plan work effectively to ensure project deadlines are met

  • 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

  • Understanding of materials science and manufacturing processes

  • Able to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal format

Desired skills and qualifications

  • Knowledge of power system design, including motors, heaters and energy storage solutions 

  • An appreciation of other engineering disciplines such acoustics, aerodynamics, electronics and electromagnetics

  • Experience using Siemens NX, ANSYS Workbench, ANSYS Fluent and Siemens Teamcenter

  • Able to carry out simple structural 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 dependents

  • 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.