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Senior Material Scientist/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.

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

There is a requirement for a senior materials scientist/engineer within the Energy Storage team, developing batteries technologies and taking ideas from research through to pilot scale manufacture. 

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

Initially this role is focused on tackling key challenges to enable scalable manufacture of battery technologies

About you

  • A materials scientist or materials engineer with significant experience working on the development and characterisation of innovative materials.

    A confident, creative scientist or engineer with at least 5 years’ experience working in the chemical, materials development, fuel-cell, or battery industries. 

    A self-starter but also hands-on, numerically confident, and capable, with a demonstrable track record of delivering objectives. Experience in fast-paced development environments, with the capability to think on their feet.

    Comfortable with ambiguity and able to quickly pivot based on evolving business requirements.

Key Responsibilities of the role

This role is laboratory based. The successful applicant would be expected to:

  • Develop and characterise battery materials.

  • Demonstrate proposed solutions are safe, and fit-for-purpose for a high-volume manufacturing environment.

Essential Experience

  • Degree in a scientific or engineering discipline.

  • >5 years industrial experience developing material technologies

  • Project progression – can demonstrate having worked on a product/concept/process from research (early phase) through to demonstration of technology.

  • Stakeholder management including demonstrated decision influencing.

  • Good understanding of the safety aspects of the proposed processes, and how these change with scale.

Desirable Experience

  • Broad knowledge in materials science, from bulk to small scale materials.

  • Experience with thin film materials, surfaces, and interfaces/interphases.

  • Experience with materials characterisation techniques: electron microscopy, analytical spectroscopy, and macroscopic testing.

  • Experience of battery materials/cell development would be highly desirable.

  • Experience working with moisture sensitive compounds.

  • Familiarity with risk assessments, COSHH, HAZOP processes.

  • Proficiency in data acquisition, processing, and analysis.

  • Ability to disseminate results/findings.

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 communicate 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 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.