Description and Requirements

Dyson has an objective to establish competitive advantage for its cord-free products through superior battery performance. This is complementary to Dyson’s Digital Motors, as the combination of highly efficient motors with the highest performance batteries results in products which have potential to outperform the competition on metrics including: Efficiency; Run Time; Cycle life; and Charge Time. This objective has seen Dyson work increasingly closely with the major battery suppliers, resulting in cells which are customised for Dyson products. The strategy is to develop batteries which deliver a step performance advantage over conventional cells, through new battery architectures, materials, chemistries, and cell designs.

Market Overview:

The technologies required to enable these Dyson batteries will come from multiple sources, Including: University Research; Internal Research; Technology Scouting and Collaborations with external organisations, which may range from sub-contract relationships, through to acquisitions. The strategy is for the Dyson Research teams to select novel battery technologies from this range of sources, and to collaborate and develop them into functional prototypes which prove out the technology. The approach for the scale-up phase to take the battery from lab-scale to volume manufacture is to collaborate with other organisations with the required capabilities, with Dyson leading technical direction, and owning foreground IP.

Function Overview:

With its acquisition of Sakti3, Michigan based solid state battery start-up, Dyson has made a commitment to scaling up solid state battery (SSB) technology to high volume manufacture. Developing the manufacturing process and equipment is at the core of Dyson’s solid state development program. More specifically the development of Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) manufacturing processes and equipment is critical to the success of the program.

Accountabilities:

There is a requirement for a characterisation scientist to join the process development team to further develop the processes required to progress technology established in research through to pilot scale manufacture. There will be a number of challenges involved in scaling any technology and solid state batteries are no exception.

Dyson is pioneering the scale up and commercialisation of this innovative new technology and as such significant process development would be required. This role is to become part of the team that is going to succeed in overcoming these challenges by using the experience, engineering excellence, clear thinking as well as innovative designs to keep the company at the leading edge of this technology.

Skills:

A Materials Scientist/engineer with significant experience working on the physical and electrochemical characterisation of materials. A scientist working in any of the following industries; solar, electronics, speciality materials, OLED, fuel-cell or battery industries would be particularly suited to the role. Self-starter but also a hands-on, numerically confident and capable. Embraces clear direction and is able to maintain focus and has a track record of delivering to their objectives. Has worked in a fast-paced development environment and has the capability to think on their feet.

Essential Experience:

• Degree or postgraduate degree in a scientific or engineering discipline

• Significant experience developing methods for the physical, structural and electrochemical characterisation of materials and devices.

• Has used analytical skills to develop a product/idea/process from concept to technology demonstration.

• Has used analytical skill and insight gained from materials characterisation to influence product or process improvement.

Desirable Experience :

• Post-graduate degree

 • Knowledge of analytical techniques used for the characterisation of thin films

• Experience of Thin film deposition methods, Vacuum (UHV & HV) engineering, Vacuum system assembly, design and maintenance.

• Experience of Battery material development and test cell assembly (Anodes/ Cathodes/Electrolytes)

• Experience of working with Air sensitive, unstable or pyrophoric compounds

• Familiarity with Risk Assessment, COSHH, HAZOP processes

• Experience of working in Hazardous& complex environments, (e.g. dry / explosive / particulate / vapour)

• Confident in Data acquisition & Processing – Scientific in understanding but engineering in mind-set.

• Proficient in MS Office packages including Excel

• Knowledge of Statistical process/measurement control and validation.

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. However, financial benefits are only the start of a Dyson career. Rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound.