Senior Embedded Electronics Engineer




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

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.

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.


Reporting to the Embedded Electronics Technology Leader, you will join a growing team of Embedded Electronics engineers responsible for designing hardware covering a wide range of disciplines.  Detailed hardware design in both analogue and digital fields will be core to this job role; as will producing software to exercise hardware and produce demonstration rigs to convey ideas to others. 


A successful applicant will be expected to review relevant papers, patents and meet with companies to keep informed of emerging technology and develop roadmaps.  The ability to identify technologies that may be used in future Dyson products to give a competitive edge is an important asset for any applicant.


Additional responsibilities include:


  • Take technical responsibility for the embedded electronics content of a project. This may expand to the responsibility for multiple, small concurrent projects, supported by a number of team members reporting to the Embedded Electronics Technical Leader
  • Work with the different product teams to gain an in depth product understanding, while using your expert knowledge of the latest technologies to create innovative electronic systems and solutions
  • Develop the concept, prove key technologies and demonstrate designs are robust, cost effective and fit for purpose for a high volume manufacture environment, through detailed laboratory testing, simulation and analysis prior to handover to the development teams.
  • Develop simulation tools and algorithms for sensor data processing, modelling and analysis
  • Undertake the thermal management design of electronics systems
  • Ensure that designs comply with relevant EMC/EMI standards and modify designs where needed
  • Assist in the personal development of junior team members.


Whilst the Embedded Electronics team is responsible for supporting products at initial design stages; a key focus for any successful applicant will be to seek out and research early stage technology initiatives and look at ways of incorporating these technologies into future and new product opportunities.


Education and experience:

  • Minimum BEng/MEng degree in Electronic Engineering or other relevant discipline with a demonstrable level of industrial experience in a relevant industry.

Minimum technical knowledge:

Applicants should have experience in 3 of the following 5 areas:

  • Digital hardware design:

  • Excellent general knowledge of microprocessors, preferably including ARM Cortex M series and PIC microcontrollers

  • Knowledge of a wide range of interfaces including a variety of serial interfaces such as I2C, SPI, UART, USB

  • Analogue hardware design:

    • Experience of analogue amplification, conditioning/filter circuitry

    • Design of OP-AMP stages such as differential amplifiers, integrators etc

    • Experience of a wide range of sensors such as MEMS accelerometers/gyros, ultrasonic, temperature, optical sensors (proximity, ambient and colour) and VOC

  • Motor hardware and control

    • Design of servo and low power motor drive hardware and control systems

    • Design of brushless DC motor hardware and control system is desirable

  • Power supply hardware

    • Design of switch mode power supplies (e.g. up to 50W)

    • Linear regulator hardware design

  • Software

    • Experience of C/C++ programming for embedded systems

    • Assembly software experience and mixed C and Assembly experience is desirable.

Other key technical experience essential to the role:

  • Design Tools:
    • Schematic capture using Altium Designer, Mentor Graphics or other main stream tools
    • Use of SPICE based simulation tools such as Simetrix and LTspice
    • Design calculation tools such as Mathcad, Matlab, Excel
  • Design Techniques:
    • Circuit simulation and design tolerance analysis
    • Robust design including FMEA techniques
    • Good quality engineering process understanding and appreciation
    • Design for high volume manufacture
    • Low voltage and mains voltage equipment
    • PCB layout – size/cost minimisation while achieving layouts for inherently good EMC compliance and thermal design.

Essential behavioural skills:

  • The ability to take a leadership position within a project with little direction
  • 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.

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.

Posted: 21-Nov-2016

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