Senior Mechanical Research Engineer
£ competitive + bonus + pension + 27 days holiday
Reporting to the Mechanical Research Manager, you will join a growing team of mechanical engineers in Dyson’s Strategy & Research Group. Your focus will be to understand and overcome the mechanical challenges within next generation battery systems. You will:
- Have the ability to understand the overall product concept and contribute significantly to the design of the product through the use of expert knowledge of the latest technologies / methods in the industry.
- Meet target specifications such as cost, size, weight and efficiency within the planned timeline of each research project that would contribute to a great product.
- Apply your knowledge to predict and validate the behaviour of designs comprised of complex materials, including composites and electrochemically active materials.
- Deliver mechanical solutions that are reliable and fit for purpose in order to satisfy life requirements, help achieve product guarantee periods and comply with all relevant International Standards.
- Generate innovative solutions with strong & high value IP. Work closely with other engineering disciplines 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.
- Have the ability to assess and handle supplier relationships both from a technical and commercial perspective, maintaining confidence in BoM and assembly costs throughout a project.
- Create plans and manage your own time using planning tools such as Microsoft Project and make sure this is integrated into the overall project plan.
Education and experience:
- Minimum BEng/MEng degree (2:1 degree or better) in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent with a demonstrable level of industrial experience in the design and development of mechanical systems.
Minimum technical experience and knowledge:
- Ability to develop mathematics based models for performance prediction, design and analysis.
- Ability to use 3D computer aided design (CAD) software packages.
- Strong technical expertise with extensive breadth and depth covering materials selection (including composites), design for fatigue and fracture mechanics, thermal assessment and development of calculation / simulation methods & tools.
- Appreciation of other disciplines such electrochemistry, thermodynamics, CFD analysis and electrical, electronics and electromagnetic systems.
- Ability to design and execute material testing, including composite materials.
- Ability to work autonomously, working across teams.
- Strong “design-for-manufacture” mentality to deliver low cost, high volume, high performance and reliable solutions.
- Strong knowledge of manufacturing techniques and common issues with these, ideally with experience in automated assembly techniques.
- Appreciation of complying to national, European and Worldwide regulations and legislation.
- Experience within the battery industry, particularly design and manufacturing of cylindrical cells.
- While a candidate may be from an industrial, aerospace or automotive background he/she should demonstrate the understanding required to design for low cost and high volume (more than 1 million units a year).