About the Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented scientist to join the Radiochemistry Team within the Nuclear Metrology Group.

The group is responsible for research into radioactivity including the development of world-leading measurement capabilities crucial to the UK. We maintain, develop, and supply primary or secondary standards of radionuclides for a range of end users. Working within the energy, health and security sectors, our research addresses the need for the development of radiochemistry techniques for the accurate production and measurement of radionuclides.

We are looking for candidates with experience in planning and delivering several technical activities relating to radiochemistry. The successful candidate will contribute to the commissioning and development of new radiochemistry equipment, take an increasingly leading role in UK and international research projects, working with other NMI's, academia and commercial customers. Your work will also feed into the advancing of the groups range of measurement services. The role will also contribute to the Nuclear Metrology Group’s work in the Energy and Environment, Life Science and Health, and Security and Resilience sectors.

Your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Working with senior research scientists to propose research activities relating to radiochemistry, which are aligned with the Nuclear Metrology Group strategy.
  • Providing technical support for NPL-led and collaborative bids to funding bodies and commercial entities.
  • Developing new radiochemistry equipment and capabilities, including use automated radiochemistry separation techniques for the preparation of radionuclides for nuclear medicine applications.
  • Developing partnerships internally and externally, including academia and industry to strengthen our capability and research output.
  • Developing own technical expertise to increase the scientific output of the group, including training and knowledge transfer.
  • An understanding of customer requirements, adherence to quality and health and safety processes.
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About You

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD qualification or equivalent industrial experience and a proven track record of research within the field of radioactivity measurement. You should also be used to leading, planning, and delivering research projects from conception to fruition. Beyond that, we're looking for someone who'll thrive in a collaborative environment with scope to help define the direction of our research and be commercially minded so that you can use your knowledge and skills to create impact.


  • PhD or relevant experience of working in a chemistry R&D environment
  • Knowledge of sample preparation, in particular radiochemical separation techniques such as ion exchange and extraction chromatography. Any experience or an interest in developing automated separation techniques (e.g. HPLC) would also be valuable.
  • Knowledge of measurement of radionuclides using decay counting (e.g. gamma spectrometry) and mass spectrometric (e.g. ICP-MS) techniques, including knowledge of operating and maintaining instruments and processing data.
  • Proven track record of authoring technical documents, scientific papers, and proposals.
  • Demonstrated approach to problem solving and ability to deliver a solution, both independently and as part of a team.

In return for your knowledge and expertise, you'll receive a favourable salary and benefits package.

If this full-time Higher Research Scientist job in Teddington sounds like the right fit for you, please apply today.

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.