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Materials Engineer


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’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.

Dyson requires a skilled and highly motivated Energy Storage Materials Engineer to help it achieve its current and long-term battery ambitions and support its RDD lab activities. The person is expected to work with a Lead Engineer on the generation of new concepts and materials for Lithium ion batteries. The role will be dynamic with the successful candidate being expected to switch their time between several projects. A significant amount of hands on research in the laboratory will be expected.

About the role

You will join a growing team of chemists, physicists and engineers in Dyson’s Strategy &  Research Group. Your focus will be to understand and investigate the principles which govern the operation of next generation battery systems. You will:

  • Can understand what contributes to and effects the energy density of lithium ion batteries.

  • Apply your knowledge to understand how cathode materials operate.

  • Deliver new materials for lithium ion batteries

  • Characterise the behaviour of these materials in cells.

  • Interpret these results to generate models of understanding.

  • Provide suggestions and guidance of how to find materials with related performance.

  • Generate innovative idea with strong & high value IP.

  • Work closely with other researchers to ensure that the product performance, reliability and cost expectations are met, within the planned timeline of the project.

  • Communicate clearly and effectively the results and project status to a broad spectrum of associated project members and senior management. Create plans and manage your own time using planning tools such as Microsoft Project and make sure this is integrated into the overall project plan.

  • Write risk assessments and COSHH

  • Work within an energetic research environment focused on innovation

  • Be trained and developed to fully understand the R and D process for Li ion batteries

About you

Education and experience:

  • Minimum degree: MSc in Materials, Chemistry or equivalent with a demonstrable level of industrial experience in the design and development of mechanical systems. PhD is a strong +.

Minimum technical experience and knowledge:

  • Specification:

    • Have experience in the battery science.

    • Have experience with a variety of techniques to produce different elements of the battery.

    • Have a good working knowledge of:  X-ray Diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Electrochemistry, Thermogravimetric analysis, electrochemical online mass spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray fluorescence Spectroscopy

    • Expert knowledge of solid-state chemistry and materials science.

    • Expert knowledge of cathode and anode materials. Appreciation of other disciplines such electrochemistry, thermodynamics.

    • Ability to specify testing conditions and plan experimental procedure.

Test and Validation:

  • Ability to devise lab-based measurement techniques and have a strong command of analysis software and equipment for component and system level characterisation and validation.

  • Ability to design and execute material testing, including composite materials.

  • General:

    • Ability to work autonomously, working across teams.

    • Good communications skills

Desirable experience:

  • Experience within the battery research field.

  • Experience in thin film production techniques e.g. PVD (physical vapour deposition)


  • 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


In order to increase your chances of being short listed please ensure you submit a supporting statement in addition to your CV clearly addressing how you meet the essential & desirable criteria as outlined above, plus details of your current and required package.

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