About the Role

If you are looking for a research science-based role in Teddington, we have the perfect opportunity for you. NPL is looking for a full-time Higher Research Engineer in Teddington, and the role comes with an attractive salary and benefits package. As a specialist higher research scientist, you'll use this Research Engineer position to take NPL's research to the next level. Your work will have a real impact on our business and the UK as a whole.


Sharing your expertise and knowledge so that we all benefit, mentoring those with less experience than you
Flagging commercial opportunities when they arise, as this is how new products and services are born
Developing partnerships to further NPL's capability – as an expert in your field, we'll seek your technical support for bids 
Acting as an ambassador for NPL's work externally and promoting what we do

The Surface Technology Group at NPL has well established expertise in surface chemical analysis and nanomaterials metrology. We are involved in national and international projects which focus on the development of measurement methods in support of a broad range of industrial sectors. Energy storage, formulated products, pharmaceuticals and aerospace are examples of the industrial applications we are involved with. 

Nanometre-sized materials are increasingly used in innovative products manufactured by advanced industries and provide enhanced, unique properties of great commercial and societal value. The demand for high performance materials places increasingly stringent tolerances on the properties of nanoparticles, which need to be understood and accurately measured for their full exploitation.

About You

We are looking to recruit a researcher from the physical sciences, with demonstrable experience in the preparation and characterisation of nanomaterials, such as graphene, related 2D materials and nanoparticles. Experience in scanning probe microscopy is required. Experience in electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy or Brunauer-Emmett- Teller (BET) would also be highly desirable.

We are looking for candidates that can work independently and have a strong interest in experimental work. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in the physical sciences, along with experience working in a laboratory environment, ideally in the preparation and characterisation of nanomaterials. A master’s degree or PhD in this area and/or experience in an industrial research environment would be an advantage.

The successful candidates will work as part of a talented research team on a variety of state-of-the-art measurement systems, solve challenging technical problems, deliver measurement service for third parties, present research in peer-reviewed journals and at conferences, develop international standards and will engage with external organisations to maximise scientific progress and help grow our business.

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 applicationsfrom candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexualorientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applicationsfrom women, disabled and BAME candidates in particular are encouraged. Alldisabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy theminimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under theDisability 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.