About the Role

We are looking for a senior expert in underwater acoustics with demonstrable world leading experience in underwater acoustic measurement and international standards development. Underwater sound propagation modelling expertise would be an advantage.

The responsibilities of the Principal Research Scientist include:

  • Leading, designing and executing experimental and theoretical research including development of novel measurement tools and methods in support of current and future underwater acoustic applications (across all TRL levels);
  • Creating a vision for the underwater acoustics area with the Science Area Leader for the Ultrasound and Underwater Acoustics Group;
  • Significant contribution to play a leading role on national and international standards committees (e.g. BSI, ISO, IEC), represent NPL and the UK at international fora and work to address UK government challenges for the underwater acoustics area;
  • Leading and fostering the team’s engagement with UK and overseas organisations (other National Metrology Institutes (NMIs), UK Government, Academia and Commercial Customers) to maintain NPL's position as a leading NMI in underwater acoustics now and for the future; including establishment of mutually beneficial collaborations.
  • Responding to commercial and grant-based Invitations to Tender (ITTs) and obtaining research funding for this area aligned with NPL strategic priorities;
  • Consulting and working in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to determine how NPL can provide support to improve the quality of methods and tools used for underwater acoustic applications, and develop tools and methods for future applications that require traceability (both documentary and metrological);
  • Working in partnership with other NPL departments, and collaborating across NPL to develop new opportunities and to ensure the safe and effective conduct of research and services;
  • Assuming responsibility for the standard of delivery in your technical area (to time, cost and quality with focus on the customer) and ensure that all work is delivered in accordance with the NPL quality system;
  • Keeping consistent documentation (Keep accurate and organized electronic records) and ensuring this is maintained by others delivering work in underwater acoustics at NPL
  • Project planning and management, including development of project proposals, management of projects to achieve results in accordance with milestone schedules and within budget, and development of partnerships with other internal and external partners and Customers. and coordinating the delivery team (other scientists);
  • Working with industry partners to establish formal collaborative agreements to create innovative, high-impact research programs, and transfer their successes directly to industry.
  • Taking responsibility for taking reasonable duty of care for Health & Safety of themselves and of other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work and always follow direct instructions given with regards to Health & Safety

The principal duties for this position are at Teddington site, and travel for work, including Customer site visits, in situ measurements work and representing NPL at national and international meetings, conferences and events.

About You

A successful candidate will be sought out and internationally respected by the underwater acoustics community for your expertise and have;

  • 5+ years experience winning, leading and conducting international research work with published articles in internationally recognized scientific journals;
  • experience leading national and international standards development, or a track record contributing to underwater acoustics standards;
  • track record of developing and implementing technical solutions in underwater acoustics funded by the civil and/or defence sectors;
  • track record of presenting results in the form of reports, manuscripts, oral presentations;
  • experience of accurately organising, evaluating and conveying problem statements and technical results;
  • experience of developing and executing business strategy to commercial and technical initiatives;
  • experience of managing full life cycle of large scale research programs;
  • demonstrable experience leading and motivating scientific and technical staff;

We actively recruit citizens of all backgrounds, but the nature of some 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.