Engineering company Dyson has begun a search for the UK’s brightest minds in science, health and engineering as it announces plans to create 200 new research roles on its Wiltshire Campus this year. The new expansion is part of Dyson’s £2.75 billion global investment plan, first announced in November 2020, and builds on its commitment to deepen research into advanced robotics and AI with investment into new specialisms.
The new research-focused roles will be based on Dyson’s UK Innovation Campus, which is one of the largest R&D hubs in Britain. Spread across two Campus locations, at Malmesbury and Hullavington, it spans over 800 acres and is a base for 4,000 people, representing 59 nationalities, the majority of whom are engineers and scientists.
James Dyson, Founder and Chief Engineer, said: “We are growing our research team at our UK Innovation Campus in Wiltshire to achieve radical leaps in the performance of our machines – underpinned by technologies such as solid-state batteries and robotics. The recruits will join a very broad team, from our Dyson Undergraduates at the Dyson Institute, to world-experts in their fields.
Our UK Innovation Campus is a base for 4,000 people of 59 nationalities who work together to make better products for homes around the world. Dyson is a very global business where Research and Development teams increasingly span Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, UK and US. We sell in 83 markets globally and our supply chain, manufacturing and headquarters are in South East Asia.”
Dr Mark Taylor, Dyson’s Chief Research Officer, said: “Dyson is built on new technology and we increasingly work in fields that many people would not have imagined Dyson venturing into until recently. We are looking for people, from a range of disciplines to help develop the technologies which will be integrated into products that will be in millions of homes.”
Dyson’s research efforts are focused on fundamental scientific, mathematical and engineering breakthroughs across an increasing range of fields including energy storage, AI, Machine Learning, high-speed digital motors, sensing technology, and material science. The discoveries made are applied to products across vacuums, hair care, purifiers, lighting, and currently un-announced new product areas.
The new roles span a variety of specialisms including electrochemistry, electromagnetics, high-speed electric motor design, fluid-dynamics, embedded electronics hardware and software, turbo machinery, thermodynamics, spectroscopy, filtration, acoustics, and materials.
As well as research, the UK Innovation Campus is home to the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, where Dyson Undergraduates undertake their studies for their Engineering Degree alongside work on real Dyson technologies. They pay no tuition fees and earn a full salary. The Institute was the first education provider in the UK to be bestowed New Degree Awarding Powers meaning it will be able to award its own degrees. The first cohort of Dyson Undergraduates are set to graduate from the four-year degree programme later this year and, though they are not required to, all plan to join Dyson.
To enable the growing team, and the deepening focus on research, Dyson has invested in state-of-the-art laboratories on its two Wiltshire campus locations. The advanced labs now cover an area larger than five Olympic sized swimming pools and include some of the largest and most advanced energy storage labs in the UK as well as suites of scanning electron microscopes, electromagnetic compatibility chambers, semi-anechoic chambers, microbiology labs, hair-science labs, air filtration chambers, and advanced rapid prototyping facilities.
The UK research expansion forms part of Dyson’s £2.75bn global expansion as it develops and manufactures technologies for global audiences. Over 90% of Dyson technology is sold outside the UK and its fastest growing region is Asia. The UK Innovation Campus is part of a network of research and development centres and an increasingly global team – with key development centres in UK, US, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia.
In Singapore, Dyson today announced that it will shortly move into its new global headquarters at St James Power Station and that it will hire 250 engineers over the next 5 years in Singapore, as its software and electronics engineering teams double in size to support plans to develop connected and intelligent machines.