Materials Research Engineer - Energy Storage

Competitive + bonus + pension + 27 days holiday



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

Market Overview

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.

Function Overview

Dyson products strive to be at the leading edge of technology. Through unique strategic partnerships with global top universities and leading businesses, we gain foresight of up and coming technologies. The technical research team aims to exploit this knowledge to design state-of-the-art products allowing us to differentiate our products from the competition and be ahead of the times. Dyson is expanding into several new and exciting product categories and is positioning itself as a technology company, confirmed by the announcement of our development of an electric vehicle and investments in Sakti3 solid state battery technology. Successful applicants for this role will be part of the team driving these products and others forward. 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 the hands on with pushing the boundaries of energy storage technology.


Dyson requires a skilled and highly motivated chemist to help it achieve its current and long term battery ambitions and support its RDD lab activities Key responsibilities: Reporting to the Energy Storage Materials Team Lead, you will join a cross-functional team of engineers and electrochemists to push towards innovative materials development with targeted specifications.

You will:

• Contribute to lab synthesis and pilot scale production of innovative battery materials. Push research towards target specifications such as energy density and efficiency within the planned timeline of each research project that would contribute to improving product performance.

• Demonstrate hands-on experience in chemical reactions and process equipment used in lab and pilot production scales.

• Apply your knowledge to the synthesis of new materials with targeted compositions and quality. Design routes for material synthesis, including composites and electrochemically active materials.

• Manage collected data and decant key figures of merit.

• Analyse the structural and material properties, and report on their effectiveness as next generation electrochemical device.

• Address and overcome potential scale up issues involved with the development of new materials.

• Generate new and innovative materials with strong & high value IP.

• Work closely with other scientists and engineers to ensure that the product performance, reliability and cost expectations are met, within the planned timeline of the project.

• Communicate clearly and effectively the results and project status to a broad spectrum of associated project members and senior management.


Education and experience:

• Minimum MSc/MChem degree (2:1 degree or better) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or equivalent with a demonstrable level of experience in a related field.

Minimum technical experience and knowledge:

• Experience and knowledge in synthesis and materials chemistry. Hands-on experience with different synthetic and processing routes of inorganic materials.

• Ability to design, carry out chemical reactions and materials processing for further optimisation.

• Safely handle materials and good laboratory practice in compliance with corporate and chemical hygiene policies, including health and safety, COSHH and risk assessments

• Deep understanding of material structure-property relationships and able to use a variety of techniques to characterise structure and materials properties.

• Expert knowledge in diffraction and quantitative analysis of structural materials. Use of electrochemical characterisation methods for performance evaluation.

• Contribute to the development of innovative materials and optimal composition for use in electrochemical devices. • Familiar with discovery and process development of new materials for performance verification and evaluation

• Ability to establish material quality standards including process and quality control

• Conduct benchmark studies, organise sample, statistical and data analyses to guide materials development.

 • Provide regular updates on progress through presentations and progress reports

Desirable experience:

• Experience with material processing, reaction kinetics and characterisation tools

• Experience with industrial R&D including scale-up and quality control.

Essential behavioural skills:

• Self-starter with high level of scientific creativity, open mind and aptitude for problem solving.

• Organised, good 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 that would result in great Dyson products.

• 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.

• Excellent team working skills, and willing to share, listen to and help others.

Benefits Overview

In order to increase your chances of being short listed please ensure you submit a supporting statement in addition to your CV clearly addressing how you meet the essential & desirable criteria as outlined above, plus details of your current and required package.

Posted: 15-Jun-2018

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