Research Engineer (Thermodynamics Research)

£Competitve + 27 Days Holiday, Bonus, Pension



As the Research Engineer, you will be part of the Thermodynamics research team. This is a multidisciplinary team made up of engineers and scientists.

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).

Function Overview

The Thermodynamics Research team is a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists. The team investigates core heat transfer, mass transfer and related materials technologies for future products. These investigations cover: fundamental research of phenomena and technologies which may inform future products, development of technology to meet identified product requirements. Usually these technologies are being pushed to their limits or being used in unique contexts.


You will take on a materials focus and will require both theoretical and practical knowledge of materials. The research will broadly cover the mechanical and thermal limitations of metals, ceramics, composites, polymers, coatings and joints.

Applied research work typically spans Technology Readiness Level 3 to 7 and is linked with a well-defined product vision e.g. an investigation which focuses on the compatibility of different materials under particular operating conditions.

You will:

  • Identify core technology specifications important to achieving the overall product vision specification
  • Scope a technology investigation and identify major lead times, resource constraints, costs, and mismatches with the products milestone plan.
  • Search, on-board and manage prototyping suppliers
  • Build, test and trade-off feasible technology prototypes.
  • Optimise prototypes for product integration and representative operating conditions.
  • Assist with the selection of materials, manufacturing methods and suppliers for mass production.

Fundamental research work typically spans TRL 0 to 5 and results in technology or fundamental knowledge which could feature in a future product e.g. an investigation which starts at material composition level. You will:

  • Identify an interesting core technology (or phenomenon) for investigation in line with the company vision.
  • Perform a background investigation of literature and patents.
  • Propose a scope of work and possible product applications.
  • Create a model of the technology and build prototypes
  • Validate models and refine the prototype design.


  • Experience coding and validating numerical models of physical systems.
  • Hands-on experience building experiment rigs, performing experiments and analysing data.
  • Experience performing structural-thermal analysis in ANSYS.
  • Experience designing components using CAD software.
  • Good understanding of heat transfer, materials science, manufacturing processes and manufacturing tolerancesUndergraduate degree in engineering.
  • Confident enough to present and defend research work in front of James Dyson
  • Experience working in an environment where priorities change and scope can be ambiguous
  • Willingness to work in an industry R&D environment which spans fundamental proof-of-concept research to design for mass manufacture

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: 9-Jan-2018

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