Senior Motor Drives Engineer

Competitive

Malmesbury

Description

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.


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.

Accountabilities


  • Develop novel high performance electric motor topologies and its control algorithm
  • 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 make a great product
  • Develop and use dynamic system simulation software (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
  • 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
  • Have the ability to assess and handle supplier relationships with technical and commercial negotiations, maintaining confidence in BOM and assembly costs throughout a project
  • Create and manage your own time using planning tools such as Microsoft Project and make sure this is integrated to the overall project plan and managed by the Project Manager regularly as well as efficiently.


Skills


  • A minimum of a good first degree in an electrical/electronic engineering or equivalent preferably with a machines and drives bias, together with a demonstrable level of industrial experience in a relevant field. Alternatively, you should have graduated from a relevant post-doctoral degree with a mix of high level of practical as well as theoretical knowledge.
  • 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
  • Extensive experience in testing and validation of electric motors, primarily permanent magnet and switched reluctance type
  • 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.

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: 27-Feb-2017

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