Associate Principal Energy Storage Engineer

Competitive

Malmesbury

Description

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for a talented and experienced Associate Principal Energy Storage in the Motors, Power and Electronic Systems Research Team, within Dyson’s Research, Design and Development (RDD) department; based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, U.K. 


Market Overview

Home to our global Research, Design and Development centre and all of our Commercial functions, Dyson HQ is tucked away in countryside famous for the railway tunnels and bridges of Isambard Brunel, who revolutionised modern engineering. Our secluded location helps us to protect our ideas and stay independent-minded. Yet nearby are the fashionable cities of Bristol and Bath (where a young James Dyson invented cyclone technology). The building is the heartbeat of Dyson. Over 1,500 people, including James himself, spend their days strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world. From 2016, our HQ will begin doubling its footprint with an ambitious new expansion.

Function Overview

Sometimes, making a technological leap forward means going back to the beginning. Since 1999, we’ve spent £150m building a motor from scratch – small, light and efficient, yet extremely powerful. Our motors are what enable our technology to be different – it’s why they’re protected by 20 to 30 patents. But the next generation demands new directions. Energy storage, robotics, nanotechnology and space-age materials. So our multi-disciplinary team, led by some of the world’s best power electronics engineers, knows that only the most pioneering thinking will do. That’s the Dyson way.

Accountabilities

Applicants for this particular role must have demonstrable experience in the following battery development areas for which the power electronics team is responsible, including:

  • Technical leadership and responsibility for cell selection and development, including modelling and optimisation of the battery and pack as a system.
  • Technical interface with the partners, suppliers, and internal teams.
  • Act as the internal customer for the development and delivery of the appropriate technologies from Research teams.
  • Work with testing, validation and certification partners to ensure that the cells and battery pack achieves the appropriate level of safety, functionality, durability and robustness to meet the life and certification requirements.

The Associate Principal will be the departments point of contact with regard to the electrochemical performance of cells, optimisation of cell performance and:


  • Has a proven track record in delivering high performance cells to specification, resulting in a clear technical advantage over competitor products, ideally demonstrated with products that have been brought to market.
  • Has the confidence to tackle something completely new and is able to cross pollinate ideas
  • Commands respect from your peers, and is able to stand by your convictions even in difficult situations
  • Will be an expert in the optimisation and modelling of cells, matching electrode and cell designs to applications.
  • Will work with the different design teams to gain an in depth understanding, while using their expert knowledge to create innovative battery pack systems and solutions
  • Will impart your expert technical knowledge to assist in the personal development of other team members.
  • Will be expected to clearly define all aspects of the cell selection and any optimisation that may be required. Will be expected to contribute to influence the battery pack design, understanding the trade-offs which can be made on cell selection and optimisation to achieve the best overall battery pack.
  • Will be expected to contribute to the design of the BMS and safety systems of the battery pack, taking a lead role in the electrochemical and safety characterisation of the cell.


Skills

Education and experience:

  • Ideally PhD qualified with a BEng/MEng degree in Electronic Engineering or other relevant discipline with a demonstrable level of industrial experience in a directly relevant industry

Minimum technical knowledge:

  • Battery:

    • Excellent electrochemical knowledge, including battery modelling, material and electrode characterisation.

    • A clear understanding of the parameters which govern the performance of cells and the best approach to optimising them for any particular application.

    • Insight and experience into modelling, measuring and delivering safe cells.

    • Knowledge and insight into the academic and industrial developments relevant to cell design and optimisation, with the skills and aptitude required to apply this knowledge to specific applications.

  • Battery Pack:

    • General knowledge and experience of the mechanical, thermal and electrical aspects to battery pack design.

    • Implementation of battery management systems, especially for Lithium-Ion technology.

    • Battery application experience specifically with regard to safety systems, cell balancing and determining system parameters (such as product runtimes).

    • Knowledge of battery pack assembly and testing protocols.

  • Design:

    • Experience in the use of cell design software, including three dimensional modelling.

Essential behavioural skills:

  • The ability to take the lead position within the team on a given area with little direction, whilst maintaining a collaborative, mentoring position with fellow team members
  • Excellent analytical ability and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal format and able to command respect from peers
  • Ability to adapt or generate imaginative and innovative ideas, in line with core Dyson values, and be able to bring out the creativity in others
  • 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
  • Commercial awareness including business process
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise tasks
  • Excellent team working skills.


Benefits Overview

Dyson monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy a profit-related bonus, generous leave and life insurance. But financial benefits are only the start of a Dyson career. Rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture, flexible working hours, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to creativity, innovation and ambition.
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