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Senior Optoelectronics Engineer


Science and Research
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for a talented Senior Optoelectronics  Engineer within the Technical Research team. We are looking for people with knowledge in electronics system design along with good experience in various optical/optoelectronics system design and optical ( both ray and wave) modelling.

Our team is expanding and works across several product categories. We are involved in a range of technologies including embedded electronics, sensors and software.  We work very closely with the New Product Innovation (NPI) teams and deliver technologies into new products during the research phase. 

About the role

You will be working with various optical sensing technology platforms to enable specific product features, as well as researching into future technologies. 

Some of the technology areas the team covers includes vision systems, particulate and gas sensing, microcontroller selection and software for the above, including control algorithm implementation.

We also work alongside the mechanical, thermal aero/acoustic teams in Technical Research and Optical Design Engineers to help find the best technologies and integration approaches.  In this role the work will involve shorter term projects targeting specific products, alongside longer term research projects to bring emerging technologies into future products is part of the role. 

  • Works with the different sub teams within Technical Research, as well as NPI, other research groups and development teams.

  • Demonstrates designs those are robust and viable for use in product through laboratory testing and also  to develop simulations to optimise designs.

  • Owns the responsibilities of various electronics and optoelectronics sub system assembly for the various assigned projects 

  • Ensures the team generates suitable test specifications to ensure product reliability, safety and robustness. This includes the development of test environments including simulation, emulation and hardware/test equipment interactions.

  • Hardware design review activities (e.g. schematic reviews and pre/post PCB layout reviews).

  • Ensure requirements and architecture details are documented by the team.

  • Registration of  lab/equipment risks in a project through FMEAs.

  • Help to manage laboratories and assist with risk assessments.

About you

  • BEng/MEng degree (or equivalent) in Electronic Engineering, BSc/MSc (or equivalent) in Engineering Physics/Optoelectronics/Electronics or other relevant discipline and a demonstrable level of industrial experience in a relevant industry.

  • Demonstrable ability to research and innovate, as well as being a key contributor to strengthening the culture of innovation within the team and wider department.

  • Knowledge of optical system design as well as leading the experimental activities in the optics lab for various projects - and not necessarily in existing categories you would expect from Dyson.

  • Expertise in optics, optical system design, optical component selection and setting up experiments, data analysis would be a good fit - especially experience with various experiments with solid state lasers and LEDs.

Minimum technical knowledge:

Electronics & Optics:

  • Experience of physical characterisation of optical systems/ sensors.

  • Fundamental knowledge of electronic circuit theory and design.

  • Exposure to optoelectronic- semiconductor lab  design, schematic capture and PCB layout using electronic CAD tools.

Design Tools:

  • Ray tracer like LightTools,Zemax.TracePro etc.

  • Use of Matlab or Python

Laboratory Experience:

  • Experience of working in a laboratory environment.

  • Use of laboratory equipment to set up experiments and to take precise measurements.

  • Experience of writing risk assessments for lab based testing.

  • Ability to build, test and modify prototypes.

Essential behavioural skills:

  • Excellent analytical ability and attention to detail.

  • Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal format.

  • Ability to adapt or generate imaginative and innovative ideas in line with core Dyson values.

  • Ability to multi-task and plan effectively when working with a variety of project teams.

  • Excellent team working skills and a desire to inspire others within the team.

  • Able to work on several projects running concurrently in a fast paced environment.

Additional experience that is desirable:

  • Knowledge of Atlassian tools, including Jira, Confluence and Bitbucket

  • Knowledge of microcontrollers, preferably including ARM Cortex M series.

  • Knowledge of embedded C programming.


  • Performance related bonus.

  • Company paid Life Insurance.

  • Discounts on Dyson machines.

  • On-site gym and sport centre.

  • Competitive pension scheme.

  • Flexible benefits program with a growing range of voluntary benefits, including the option to purchase additional holidays.

  • 27 days holiday plus statutory public holidays.

  • Free bus travel to and from Malmesbury campus from Bristol, Chippenham, Swindon and Bath.

  • Free on-site parking.

  • Subsidized café providing endless free coffee and tea and a free lunch.

  • Private Medical insurance for all employees.

  • Employee Assistance Program for employees and dependents.

  • Digital GP and prescription service.


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.