About the Role

NPL is seeking an experienced Higher Research Scientist based in Teddington to plan and deliver a number of technical activities to take our research to the next level. This full-time Research Scientist job comes with a generous salary and benefits package.

As a Higher - Research Scientist, you'll be expected to acquire new knowledge to find solutions to advance our research. Also, if commercial opportunities arise from your work, you'll need to flag these – as this is how new products and services are born. At NPL, we learn from each other, respect each other, and work together to do better for ourselves and our customers.

Your primary responsibilities will include:

Sharing your learnings so that we all benefit and mentoring those with less experience than you
Developing partnerships to strengthen our capability
Acting as an ambassador for our work externally and being willing to promote what we do
Providing technical support for any bids, we may be undertaking
About You

The ideal candidate will have experience in using data analysis and/or modelling tools to interpret environmental data. Preferably the candidate has experience of handling atmospheric chemical composition measurements made using remote sensing and/or in situ ground-based techniques. The candidate will appreciate the requirements of handling and managing large measurement datasets in metrology research, including experience in handling calibration data, and understanding the principles behind the propagation of measurement uncertainty and traceability. Experience in disseminating scientific outputs through peer reviewed publications and presentations is vital. Significant experience in Python programming (including development of complex programs from scratch) is a prerequisite, and with experience in other languages highly desirable.

The role will require a PhD in atmospheric chemistry or physics, environmental data science, mathematical modelling, or statistics, following from a Degree in any physical science, engineering or math's.

The expectations for the role are that you will:

  • Work with a broad range of scientists using diverse instrumentation and with distinct requirements for data analysis
  • Develop the operational side of real-time measurement acquisition to enable efficient processing and management of datasets
  • Use models such as atmospheric chemistry transport models (ACTMs) and the output from models for rigorous interpretation of measurement data
  • Focus on scientific output – leading and helping colleagues in scientific paper writing and dissemination activities
  • To take part in overall management of computing activities for a large group of scientists, for example to make the code accessible and useable to many scientists
  • Provide appropriate levels of support for colleagues to use the new computing tools developed.
 At NPL, 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. Our role is to research, create and deliver the measurement infrastructure which underpins the UK's prosperity and quality of life across many fields of industry.
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.