Motor Drives Engineer
Dyson offers a unique opportunity for talented individuals for a permanent Motor Drives Engineer position based in its Research, Design and Development (RDD) Centre in Malmesbury, U.K. which focuses on researching and developing novel / high performance electrical machines and drives. 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. Dyson has a world class Research Design and Development (RDD) department employing more than 1,000 highly motivated and creative engineers, scientists and technicians spanning a wide range of specialities.
Our passion is to create products which fulfil our ambition of being truly different and better than our competitors. 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 release of the 360 Eye robotic vacuum cleaner and recent investments in Sakti3 solid state battery technology. Successful applicants for this role will be part of the team driving these products and others forward.
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
Motors & Power Systems 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.
Reporting to Motor Drives Research Manager, you will join a growing team of motor drives engineers in Dyson’s Strategy & Research Group focussing on the next generation of advanced / high performance electric motors for low cost/high volume domestic/commercial applications.
- Develop novel high performance electric motor topologies and construction methods
- Use of 2D/3D static and transient electromagnetic Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to model detailed aspects of brushless motor designs
- Develop and use dynamic system simulation software (Matlab/Simulink, MathCad) to:
- o Accurately model motor performance
- o Develop the motor controls to meet the target performance
- o Optimise the electromagnetic design to meet product specific requirements, e.g. lowest cost/smallest and most efficient solution
- Test & validate new motor drive designs
- Generate innovative / novel solutions with strong / high value IP for Dyson products
- Work with other Dyson motor drives, electronics, software, mechanical and aero-acoustics engineers from Malmesbury and Newcastle to ensure that the product performance, reliability and cost expectations are met, all 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:
- A good first degree in electrical/electronic engineering or equivalent, preferably with a machines and drives bias. Minimum technical knowledge:
- Working knowledge of electromagnetic machine design theory coupled with experience in the use of 2D/3D static and transient electromagnetic FEA, preferably using Infolytica’s MagNet
- Experience in the design of permanent magnet motors, including knowledge of soft and hard magnetic materials and their use in electrical machines
- An understanding of system level dynamic simulation of motor drives (including electronics and software aspects of the drive), preferably being familiar with Matlab/Simulink and its use in the development and optimisation of electromagnetic motor design and the motor controls
- Appreciation of various motor control techniques for low and high speed, single-phase and multi-phase permanent magnet and switched reluctance motors
- Good practical and laboratory skills with confidence in the testing of motors and associated power systems
- Have an appreciation of design-for-manufacture mentality and be able to consider the limitations of manufacturability early on in the design process
- Be creative to put expert knowledge in the field into tangible highly novel end products with strong performance improvements and Intellectual Property (IP) benefits
- Be able to demonstrate sound theoretical knowledge, reasoning and problem solving skills in engineering
- Be able to clearly report progress in regular update meetings together with a high standard of documentation
- Fundamental understanding of mechanical, aero-acoustic and thermal aspects of electrical motor design would be advantageous.
- For applicants from non-English speaking countries, proficiency in spoken and written English is mandatory.
Essential behavioural skills:
- 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
- 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.