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Principal Mechanical Research Engineer


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.

About the role

A unique opportunity for an experienced individual to join the Motors and Power Systems Research Team as the Principal Mechanical Engineer. The role is for a senior technical leader who wishes to invent, design and develop industry leading high-performance motors and power systems for high volume production for a wide variety of applications. The team have been pioneers in the industry with high speed / high power density compressor motors that are highly efficient, cost-effective and robust for more than 15 years. These motors are conceived in the UK and are manufactured at Dyson’s state-of-the-art facilities in Singapore and Philippines.  The successful candidate will be joining a company with a strong engineering culture that provides the following unique benefits;

  • Regular design and engineering sessions with James Dyson and top engineers in the Company

  • Opportunities to work with experienced people in a wide variety of engineering and science disciplines to share knowledge and learn from as well as opportunities for mentoring - this provides opportunity to work with bright young students directly in projects and help create the next generation of engineers.

  • Large university-based research labs integrated in some of the most recognised Institutions; Cambridge, Imperial, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, etc. 

  • Strong long-term links with materials, part and equipment manufacturers globally – great opportunity to design and engineer for high volume manufacturing

  • Dedicated Tech Scouting Team – opportunity to stay close to the latest technologies in the market and assess their use for solving real problems

  • Participate in the biggest relevant engineering conferences world-wide. 

Core Responsibilities

The role is an opportunity to work alongside other technical senior leaders and significantly contribute to the creation of enabling technologies for a variety of next generation Dyson products and fulfil our ambition of being truly authentic, different, better and faster than the competition.

Successful candidate will report directly to the Motors and Power Systems Research Director and work with a multi-disciplinary, highly motivated and diverse team of engineers. Core responsibilities include:

  • Stretch the boundaries of speed, power density, efficiency and robustness / reliability in electric motor systems in a variety of applications

  • Meet target specifications such as cost (part and manufacturing), size, mass and performance within the planned timeline of each research project – ability to optimise these concurrently

  • Understand the overall product concept and contribute significantly to the design of the product with expert knowledge of the latest technologies / methods in the industry

  • Generate novel solutions with strong & high value IP

  • Identify skills / knowledge gaps within the team and support the recruitment activities as required

  • Coach and mentor junior team members

  • Support creation and delivery of associated technology roadmaps

  • Engage with and support various external research activities

Essential Behavioural Skills:

At Dyson, we have a high-performance culture – it is about achieving results in the right way. How you do things is equally important to What you achieve in your role. We strive to create a meaningful place to work where everyone gives their best and is continuously learning and improving. Essential behavioural skills required for the role are:

  • Dedication to delivering complex projects on time, specification and cost

  • Drive for engineering excellence alongside strong commercial & IP awareness

  • Excellent analytical ability and thorough approach to reasoning and problem solving

  • Ability to learn quickly and influence others

  • Challenge convention and have strong desire to be a pioneer

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively the results and project status using a variety of platforms to a broad spectrum of individuals

  • Work across several projects and platforms simultaneously, work in a cross-functional team environment, and demonstrate strong motivation to get the job done

About you

Ideally you will hold a Degree from a relevant engineering or scientific degree programme (2:1 or better) with a demonstrable level of industrial experience as well as expert knowledge of;

  • A broad range of bearing technologies

  • Rotordynamics

  • Range of rotor balancing techniques  

  • NVH

  • Thermals

  • Mount design

  • Materials Science

  • Wide range of multi-disciplinary 1D to 3D simulation techniques and software platforms

  • Lab-based measurement techniques for component and system level characterisation and validation

  • Strong working knowledge of Systems Engineering & Design for Manufacturing skills to deliver low cost, high volume, high performance and reliable engineering solutions

  • Robust understanding of the role of concept specifications, requirements capture, DFMEAs and DVP&R’s in a multi-disciplinary engineering environment

  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing techniques of parts (e.g. moulding, machining) and common issues with these as well as experience in automated assembly techniques

  • Appreciation of complying with national, European and Worldwide regulations and legislation



  • 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.