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Senior Mechanical Engineer - Battery


Science and Research
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for a motivated and dynamic technician in the Energy Storage team within Dyson’s Research, Design and Development (RDD) department; based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, U.K.

At Dyson we are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes. We’re creative, collaborative, practical and enthusiastic, but most of all we’re hugely passionate about what we do. We are looking for individuals who wish to invent, design and develop leading products for the global market. By working in our world class Research Design and Development department, these individuals have the opportunity to work alongside other leading technical specialists and highly motivated creative people, to create products which fulfil our ambition of being truly different and better than our competitors.

Dyson has invested in a R&D laboratory to support the development and testing of novel battery designs. The battery facility is completed and is now scaling up activities. This growth has created an exciting opportunity within the team for an individual who is keen to get hands on with the development of the next generation of batteries.

About the role

Dyson requires a skilled and highly motivated Mechanical Engineer to help it achieve its battery ambitions and support its RDD characterisation activities. While the heart of the battery is electrochemical, the structure surrounding it is critical, managing parasitic mass in battery cells is a significant challenge, requiring deep understanding and elegant solutions, to optimise and improve battery cell mass.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and verify design of cell mechanical sub-components
  • Investigate mechanical load path interactions within the cell, characterise and analyse mechanical interactions and failure modes within the battery cell. Optimise materials and mechanical design for performance, safety and lifetime of the cell.
  • Generate, develop and implement novel ideas for battery component design
  • Develop and manage a set of mechanical design rules and load cases for battery cells, to quickly enable development and testing of new ideas
  • Develop requirements for functionality, durability and robustness of non-chemical components of a battery cell
  • Set up and run testing to support any performance, lifetime, safety and mechanical characterisation required of the battery cell or sub-components to develop design requirements.
  • Support with the development of test methodology, including the design and optimisation of Jigs and equipment where necessary.
  • Collate data and generate summary test reports
  • Ensure all the relevant documents; process, COSHH, methodology and data records are updated as required.

About you

  • Degree in Engineering or physical science discipline (e.g. Physics; Mechanical Engineering)
  • Electro/mechanical component characterisation and analysis
  • Component design and verification/validation testing
  • Excellent 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
  • Ability to identify and solve problems independently
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise tasks
  • Excellent team working skills.
  • Desirable experience:
  • Mechanical design of components in electrochemical environments
  • Familiarity with Siemens NX or other professional CAD software environments
  • Experience in FEA analysis of composite systems using packages such as ANSYS would be advantageous
  • Experience working in industrial research environment
  • Ideally experience working in battery cell design and sub components


  • 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


At Dyson, it's about more than our machines. We recognise that our success comes from our inventive people. We believe in including everybody and supporting you on your journey with us

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