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Senior Ceramics Research Engineer

Summary

Salary
£Competitive
Team
Research Engineering
Location
Malmesbury - United Kingdom

Description

Dyson has invested in a novel ceramic technology, and we need to exploit it for a range of future product opportunities. The role calls for a technical expert in ceramics with leadership potential who can help us exploit the full potential of the technology. 
We will be looking at the effect of formulation and processing parameters on the final material properties of the ceramic. We will also be looking at building both complex internal structures in the ceramic and forming it into complex shapes. We will also be looking into joining of dissimilar materials. Within Dyson there is currently capability for on-site for processing these materials and a small team of material scientists and engineers in place to support the project. However, with project growth, further expertise and input is needed. You will lead the technical development of the ceramic, interfacing with product and commercial teams to understand the requirements. 
The role sits within the broader thermodynamics team, who are driving other technological advances to allow us to fully exploit the ceramic technology in our products. This position offers wide ranging opportunities to both conduct cutting edge materials research and also work in a very commercially focused fast moving environment. It also provides opportunities to develop leadership and management skills within the team.

Accountabilities

Fundamental ceramic and material science research
  • Identify and scope projects which allow us to control a wide range of final material properties of ceramics, e.g. thermal or mechanical properties, by control of system chemistry and microstructure. These projects are typically ‘end-to-end’, working with raw material suppliers, fabricating parts and analysing these using the latest analytical equipment. 
  • Project proposals and reviews will be presented to both technical and business leadership. Necessary buy in must be sought from relevant stakeholders across the business. In addition, projects must be well documented and will be peer reviewed. There is an additional opportunity to become involved in the review process for other projects. 
Applied ceramic and material science research
  • In addition to fundamental projects there are applied projects aimed at a specific requirement for a particular product. While similar in structure to fundamental projects, these often require working to tighter timescales and due to the product focus also focus on close collaboration with other teams, such product development or manufacturing. These projects therefore have a particular requirement for clear communication of complex ideas to team members with a wide range of backgrounds.
Capability development
  • A large amount of capital equipment is already at the disposal of the ceramics team, both for the fabrication and analysis of ceramics. The role is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of this equipment and also identifying how existing capability may need to be extended to align with future strategy. This may include application of this equipment to novel material system or part geometries. 
  • Mentoring and potentially line management of other material science engineers or technicians is anticipated

Skills

  • Post graduate degree in material science, preferably specialising in ceramics, semiconductor and device materials, or similar. 
  • A good first degree in materials science/engineering, chemistry, or related discipline. 
  • Understanding of and experience with ceramic fabrication techniques such as milling, sintering and different green body shaping techniques would be desirable. 
  • Experience with a wide range of characterisation techniques including some from: optical microscopy, SEM, XRD, particle size analysis, mechanical testing, AC spectroscopy and polymer characterisation techniques (such as FTIR, DSC and TGA). 
  • Demonstrated track record of application of above techniques and fundamental understanding to investigate ceramic properties and behaviours. 
  • Hands-on experience building experiment rigs, performing experiments and analysing data using tools such as Minitab, R, or similar.

Benefits

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