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Lead Scientist - Mechanistics


Science and Research
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About Dyson

At Dyson research is at the heart of our innovation and development process. This role will sit within our research department alongside a team of other specialists covering all facets of consumer research and product experience.  As a team we ensure consumer benefit is at the heart of the innovation process, delivering targeted research to aid in the upstream development process from problem exploration to concept validation.  

We are looking for a lead researcher to join our team, expanding our capabilities in innovative qualitative methodologies with a particular focus on implicit methods. This role will require robust technical knowledge of methodologies alongside demonstrated experience in applying and executing high quality research.  

Exploring exciting new consumer benefits, this role requires a pioneering mind set, excellent communication skills and a scientific approach  

About the role

  • Demonstrate and deliver deep technical expertise in a consumer science methodology & apply, where appropriate, to challenges across Dyson research to deliver actionable technical insights and specifications.

  • Show a willingness to learn and apply a range of complementary consumer science methodologies to enhance category fundamental knowledge and support product initiatives

  • Use multiple consumer science methodologies to validate initial insights at a qualitative and quantitative level as appropriate

  • Flexible approach to support business critical & changing priorities using the most appropriate methodologies to meet project objectives

  • Must be confident working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, supporting and filling in as required

  •  Build the capability of the existing team utilising deep technical capabilities and category knowledge as appropriate.

  • Contribute to, and facilitate communication cross functionally (Research, product design and engineering teams, commercial and local market teams) to enable rapid utilisation of insights and maximum impact for projects in line with overall scope and priorities.  

  • Present research findings to James Dyson and the Executive team, with confidence and clarity when required.  

  •  Actively lead team culture and values, coaching more junior team members.  

About you

Qualifications, skills and behaviours: 

  • Demonstrable experience in a qualitative research role, with a strong background in implicit reactions and methodologies relating to this. 

  • Experience in translating qualitative learnings through to product requirements/ design briefs/ specifications, bridging the gap between our consumers and development teams.  

  • Must be driven by continual learning, not constrained by current methodologies and be able to learn and move past failure.  

  • Broad understanding of a range of consumer research techniques, with experience in implementing multifaceted learning plans.  

  • Ability to distil and simplify numerous complex data sources into clear and actionable insights  

  • Must be a clear communicator with good presentation skills  



  • Performance related bonus

  • Company paid Life Assurance

  • Discounts on Dyson machines

  • Competitive pension scheme

  • Purchase additional holidays 

  • 27 days holiday plus statutory public holidays


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

  • 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.

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