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Research and Characterisation Scientist


Science and Research
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About Dyson

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

You will join a growing team of chemists and chemical/material engineers in Dyson’s Strategy &  Research Group. Your focus in this role will be on designing innovative and problem-solving cell components, as well as testing and developing techniques to characterise these components. You will work as part of a team in a very collaborative environment.

Key responsibilities:

  • Apply your knowledge to design innovative cell components for state-of-art batteries and future technologies, with focus on electrolyte research.

  • Propose, develop and implement methods to characterise designed components

  • Work collaboratively within your team and across teams to quickly progress the projects

  • Understanding material and process limitations and solving problems to enable rapid implementation of new cell technologies

  • Hands-on laboratory work, with high attention to detail, and following Dyson Energy Storage standards

  • Data analysis and report to management on a weekly basis.

  • Manage high workload and deliver goals to support the team’s milestones

  • Write standard operation procedures, coshh and risk assessments, and support colleagues with technical and practical training.

  • Keep well informed on new developments in both academic research and industry.

About you

  • Experience in a research environment focused on a deep understanding of Li-ion and future battery technologies

  • Experience with typical characterisation techniques such as FTIR, NMR, Raman, MS etc.

  • Experience with setting up new characterisation methodology for novel materials

  • PhD in Chemistry or equivalent in depth experience in chemistry

  • Experience with hands on a laboratory environment, with high attention to detail and precision. Also understanding, writing and following coshh and risk assessments, and following good lab practices

  • Highly developed problem solving and analytical skills; with ability to identify problems and find solutions quickly and effectively

  • Hardworking and fast learning in a fast-paced environment.

  • Able to organise and plan workload independently whilst always aligned with the team priorities. Being a team player and able to collaborate across teams

  • Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information, as well as keep good record  of your work clearly to other team members.

Essential behavioural skills:

  • 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.

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.

Key Behaviours

  • Collaboration. Proactively collaborates across teams and functions to solve problems. Works effectively across boundaries and geographies.

  • Teamwork. Team player, both in operating within the immediate team, the global energy storage team, and the broader Dyson team.

  • Initiative. A self-starter, who understands the broad team mission and objectives. Quickly turning an individual contribution into a broader success for the team.

  • Flexibility. Able to adapt to the constantly changing environment that is inherent in this disruptive technology driven company.

  • Business alignment. Aligns contribution with the commercial objectives of the business, as well as aligning with the technology driven objectives.

  • Process driven approach. Implements and maintains effective and efficient processes.

  • Humility. Operating with humility and respect is key to establishing a collaborative, cohesive, and high performing team

  • Resilience. Responds to change and adversity positively. Seeks opportunity in situations which may initially seem negative.

  • Accuracy, and objectivity in communication and reporting. It is important that we don’t over-sell or under-sell achievements, to facilitate good decision making.

  • Commitment and ownership. Dyson is a family owned business, which makes long term commitments to stretching technology challenges. The strongest candidates will want to be on this journey with Dyson, rather than just doing a job.

  • Communication. Ability to clearly, concisely, and accurately.



  • 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 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.

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.