Energy storage, AI, high-speed digital motors, sensors and material science will be some of the areas of focus for 200 new researchers at Dyson.
The company, which rose to prominence with its cyclonic bagless vacuum before diversifying into areas including hand dryers and hair styling, will host the new roles at its UK Innovation Campus in Wiltshire, one of the largest R&D centres in the country.
The expansion is part of Dyson’s £2.75bn global investment plan, first announced in November 2020, and builds on its commitment to deepen research into advanced robotics and AI.
Sir 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.”
Spread across two locations, at Malmesbury and Hullavington, the campus spans over 800 acres and is a base for 4,000 people, the majority of whom are engineers and scientists.
Chief research officer Dr Mark Taylor 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.”
The company’s research efforts are focused on fundamental scientific, mathematical and engineering breakthroughs. The new roles span specialisms including electrochemistry, electromagnetics, high-speed electric motor design, fluid dynamics, embedded electronics, turbo machinery, thermodynamics, spectroscopy, filtration, acoustics and materials.
The discoveries made will be applied to vacuums, hair care, purifiers, lighting and currently unannounced new product areas. In 2017 the company unveiled plans for an electric car, but the project was later cancelled – despite the vehicle being developed – as it was not commercially viable.
As well as research, the Wiltshire campus is home to the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, where Dyson undergraduates study for their engineering degrees alongside work on real Dyson technology.
The firm has invested in state-of-the-art laboratories, including some of the largest 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 rapid prototyping facilities.
Over 90% of Dyson technology is sold outside the UK and its fastest-growing region is Asia. In Singapore, Dyson today (14 April) 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 five years in Singapore, as its software and electronics engineering teams double in size to support plans to develop connected and intelligent machines.
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