About the Role
Put simply, we set the standards by which everything is measured. In doing so, the National Physical Laboratory is helping to combat issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases and the development of cutting-edge communications technology. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.
Research sits at the very core of our business. This is your chance to make an impact to our ground-breaking work as you apply your established knowledge and solutions to a range of technical activities. As we’re always looking to stretch our capabilities, we’ll look to you to spot potential commercial opportunities and to help raise our profile as and when you can. We work as a team here, so any learnings you do make, we’ll expect you to share to support in our continued development (you might also turn your hand to mentoring more junior members too). Naturally, you’ll keep your technical knowledge up-to-speed with the latest advances and take responsibility for completing your work to the highest standards, on time and within budget.

The role will be working as part of a team delivering critical work for both research and routine calibration services within the Chemical Dosimetry group. This team delivers calibration services to many critical UK industrial and medical organisations covering a diverse range of topics such as sterilisation plants for food, medical sterilization and of course PPE to providing assurance through auditing of radiation treatments for cancer therapies.

The work therefore involves carrying out irradiations and read out of dosimeters to a consistently high  level of quality, and ensuring that tasks are completed to a high standard and with no errors. You will be working with a team of international experts in dosimetry within the Medical Radiation Science Group.
About You

Whether you are a school leaver, graduate or a more mature person looking for a second career if you have the right motivation, and we think you will fit into our team, we will ensure you have the correct training and support to be successful and fulfilled as a member of a highly motivated and dedicated team delivering services and research for the national good.

A solid background in science and measurement would be ideal but at least a curious outlook and an interest in science are essential. Whilst you will be working closely with the rest of the team the ability to work alone unsupervised is also required. Ideally you would also have some experience of working with radiation, and the safety requirements that this requires.

You need to have experience, or an ability to demonstrate an aptitude for planning and delivering measurements to a high standard of quality, as well as having the potential to explore new ideas and improvements yourself. Beyond that, we’re looking for someone who’ll thrive in an environment like ours.

At NPL we learn from each other, respect each other and work together to do better. For ourselves and for our customers. And whilst we’re always looking to stretch beyond what we know, we don’t make things more complicated when there’s no need.

Offered as a full time role but part time can also be considered for the right candidate.

We actively recruit citizens of all backgrounds, but the nature of our work in this specific area means that nationality, residency and security requirements are more tightly defined than others.


Please note:  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.
About The Company

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and BAME candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.