About the Role
Do you have the skills to be part of NPL’s role in giving the UK a world-leading position in the rapidly developing quantum technology market?
You will be joining NPL’s Quantum Technologies Department at a very exciting time - as quantum phenomena are delivering breakthroughs in many fields.
The Quantum Photonics team undertakes research to test and evaluate optical quantum information technologies, such as single-photon sources and detectors, terrestrial and satellite quantum key distribution (QKD) systems, quantum random number generators (QRNGs) - and the science behind these applications. We work with leading UK and European researchers from industry and academia, our counterparts at other national laboratories, and international standards developing organizations.
We are growing our team of multi-disciplined scientists and engineers. A new permanent position is available to develop and apply experimental methods for evaluating QRNGs and QKD systems, and contribute to the drafting of related international standards. Your role can evolve as the technology landscape evolves. Salary is dependent on experience. 

Responsibilities (depending on experience and seniority):
·      Devising experimental methods to characterise optical fibre, free-space or ‘on-chip’ optical quantum information devices and systems
·      Building experimental set-ups and bespoke instrumentation
·      Designing and implementing control and data analysis software
·      Analytic and numerical analysis of experimental data
·      Writing scientific papers and making conference presentations
·      Contributing to the work of drafting international standards 
·      Preparing and presenting project and internal reports
·      Identifying funding opportunities and preparing bids      
About You
Requirements will include one or more of:
·      Experience with photonic systems (fibre, free space or ‘on-chip’)
·      First degree, Masters or PhD, or equivalent experience in physics, engineering or hardware development
·      Work experience within an engineering, research and development, or software/hardware development environment
·      Ability to work independently and as part of a team, managing your time according to priorities
·      A rigorous approach to problem solving and ability to develop solutions to difficult problems
·      An inquisitive mind and willingness to interact dynamically within a team
·      Excellent written and verbal communication
·      Senior candidates should have an established record in a relevant area 

Advantageous skills include:

·     Experience with single-photon sources and detectors and related applications
·      Programming experience; LabVIEW and MATLAB are preferable
·      Electronics design and implementation
·      Experience of working in projects with external collaborators 

Please note:  Salary is dependent on experience. We will be reviewing applications prior to the official close date and reserve the right to close the application early.

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.