Motor Drives Engineer - Entry Level

Competitive + bons + pension + 27 days holiday



Dyson offers a unique opportunity for talented individuals for a permanent Graduate Motor Drives Engineer position based in its Research, Design and Development (RDD) Centre in Malmesbury, U.K. which focuses on researching and developing high performance electrical machines and drives. This role will involve the research and development of novel high performance electric motor topologies, assembly methods and electronic control strategies for low cost/high volume domestic and commercial appliances. You will be based in Malmesbury joining the Dyson Motors and Power Systems Group. The Dyson Motors & Power Systems Group is a significant part of Dyson RDD with a growing team of more than 100 highly skilled engineers, scientists and technicians in its Malmesbury, Singapore and Newcastle offices. The Group focuses on researching and developing cutting-edge motor drives for existing and future Dyson products from concept design to fully automated production.

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. Nearly 2,000 people, including James himself, spend their days strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world. In 2017, our HQ will double 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.


  • Research and develop novel high performance electric motor topologies and construction methods.

  • Use Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to model detailed aspects (electromagnetic & other) of brushless motor designs.

  • Develop and use dynamic system simulation tools (Matlab/Simulink, MathCad) to:

    • Accurately model motor performance

    • Develop the motor controls to meet the target performance

    • Optimise the electromagnetic design to meet product specific requirements, e.g. lowest cost/smallest and most efficient solution.

  • Test & validate new motor drive designs

  • Work with other Dyson engineers in the UK and Singapore to ensure that the product performance, reliability and cost expectations are met, all within the planned timeline of the project.



  • We need a creative thinker, highly self-motivated and self-reliant with enthusiasm for motors and electrical power systems.

  • Theoretical background of electric motors (undergraduate course module or similar)

  • An appreciation of motor control techniques for low and high speed, single-phase and multi-phase permanent magnet and switched reluctance motors.

  • An understanding of system level simulation of motors, electronic components and controls and the role of this in integrated development

    We would prefer familiarity with Matlab/Simulink simulation tools

  • An understanding of finite element based tools for electromagnetic (& other) simulation, experience with industry standard finite element tools (e.g: Infolytica’s Magnet) is an advantage.

  • Be flexible and open-minded to respond quickly to changes in project priorities and develop novel solutions. Be able to demonstrate sound theoretical knowledge, reasoning and problem solving skills in engineering.

  • Willing to learn from subject matter experts across a range of disciplines. The role will require an appreciation of all aspects (mechanical, thermal, acoustic….) of a motor.

  • Practical and laboratory skills with confidence in the testing of motors and associated power systems.

  • Be able to clearly report progress in meetings together with a high standard of documentation.

  • A good first degree in an electrical/electronic engineering or equivalent preferably with a machines and drives bias

  • For applicants from non-English speaking countries, proficiency in spoken and written English is mandatory.

Benefits 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 develop products which fulfil our ambition of being truly different and better than our competitors.

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.

Posted: 25-Sep-2017

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