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Process Development Engineer- Thin Film

Summary

Salary
Competitive
Team
Science and Research
Location
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.

We push the boundaries of what others have defined as possible. Our approach starts with an engineering mindset and different thinking. Then we continuously refine our ideas – unwilling to compromise and driven by an obsession for finding a better way. 

Dyson’s interest in researching and developing energy storage technologies started more than a decade ago, when it became apparent that the full potential of our DDM motors were starting to be held back by commercially available batteries. Fast-forward to 2021, and we now have over 100 scientists and engineers working on battery R&D across our labs in the UK, US and Singapore. 

With multiple generations of Dyson battery technologies ranging from early research through the industrialisation phase, Dyson are recruiting a wide range of roles across their UK and Singapore labs to accelerate progress. These roles include materials scientists, electrochemists, cell design engineers, cell test technicians, cell assembly technicians, mechanical design engineers, manufacturing process development engineers and manufacturing technologists. We are recruiting at all levels of seniority up to senior technical leadership roles. 

About the role

Dyson requires a skilled and highly motivated engineer to join the Energy Storage team to help drive development of equipment and processes pioneered in research through to pilot scale manufacture. The person is expected to work as part of a dedicated team on development of cutting-edge equipment, processes and new concepts to enable industrialisation of the next generation of battery technology. 

This role is a key part of the team that is going to succeed in overcoming these challenges by combining experience, engineering excellence, and clear thinking with innovative designs to keep Dyson at the leading edge of energy storage technologies.


You will join a growing team of physicists, chemists and engineers in Dyson’s Strategy & Research Group. Your focus will be to understand, investigate and develop new technologies and equipment which will lay the foundation for economic scaling of the production of next generation battery materials. The role will be dynamic with the successful candidate being expected to switch their time between significant amounts of hands on research in the laboratory as well as literature research, data evaluation and generation of new concepts.  

Responsibilities:

  • Develop deep understanding of key processes related to plasma-wall interaction and sputtering mechanisms
  • Identify and control key process parameters
  • Write risk assessments and COSHH
  • Drive experimental development with the aim to identify and resolve potential problems during upscaling of novel processes
  • The review of unit operations and processes identified at a research level, and the development of these to reliable and reproducible process steps
  • Review of potential alternative and parallel technology methods to achieve the same aim
  • Working with partners and internal engineers to rapidly prototype solutions for trial & verification
  • Generate innovative ideas 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 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

About you

  • Degree in a scientific or engineering discipline in the field of thin film deposition or plasma physics, PhD strong +
  • Project progression – can demonstrate having taken a product/idea/process from research (early phase) through to prototype 
  • Stakeholder management including demonstrated decision influencing
  • Data acquisition and analysis – experience using Matlab, LabView, Excel 
  • Ability to devise experiments and procedures to systematically solve complex problems 
  • Appreciation of other disciplines such electronics, material science, electrochemistry, thermodynamics.
  • Vacuum deposition, especially sputtering and evaporation
  • Enjoy practical work
  • The ability to manage personal contribution to a project with guidance from a manager
  • Good analytical ability and attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal format.
  • To be able to multi-task and plan effectively when working with a variety of project teams in an often high-pressure, competitive environment in an organised manner.
  • Excellent team working skills.
  • Agile and innovative mindset

Desirable Experience:

  • Industrial experience in research of thin-film related applications or equipment
  • RF plasma coupling 
  • Materials and surface characterisation 
  • managing specification of equipment 
  • Experienced CAD user
  • Battery material development experience would be highly desirable

Benefits

  • 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Performance related bonus
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Sport centre
  • Free on-site parking
  • Subsidised café and restaurants
  • Discounts on Dyson machines

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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. 

Closing date: 31 October 2021