About the Role
Put simply, 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. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.

Research sits at the very core of our business. This is your chance to make an impact to our ground-breaking work as you apply your established knowledge and solutions to a range of technical activities. As we’re always looking to stretch our capabilities, we’ll look to you to spot potential commercial opportunities and to help raise our profile as and when you can. We work as a team here, so any learnings you do make, we’ll expect you to share to support in our continued development (you might also turn your hand to mentoring more junior members too). Naturally, you’ll keep your technical knowledge up-to-speed with the latest advances and take responsibility for completing your work to the highest standards, on time and within budget.
About You

The Dimensional Metrology Group is a world leader in research and development of new techniques, best practice and novel instruments for dimensional measurement covering 1 to 3 dimensions over scales ranging from picometres to 10s of metres. The Group is looking to expand its activity and increase its impact in the realisation of the metre with a particular focus on applications in advanced and high-value manufacturing.

The multi-disciplinary role will involve realising novel concepts; taking them from initial ideas to demonstration of principle and to market in order underpin the SI and to maximise commercial impact to the UK. Activities can include calibration and verification services across the group. It is likely that the roles will extend to involvement in other projects including 3rd party (industrially) funded work as well as government or grant funded.



About the candidate


The successful candidate will have a first degree in physics, applied maths, electronis or a related engineering discipline, will be a self-motivated team player with a track record of practical, technical problem solving. We also welcome candidates with relevant industrial experience. 


The ideal candidate will have experience in some of the following:


  • Data analysis/Mathematical modelling

  • Software development (e.g. LabVIEW, MATLAB, SolidWorks)

  • Image processing

  • Design of experiment

  • Understanding sources of uncertainty in the measurement of material properties

  • Scientific software development (e.g. LabVIEW, MATLAB, CUDA, C/C++)

  • Other desirable skills are:


  • Relevant industrial experience especially with industrial interfacing, process control and/or sensor integration

  • Practical laboratory experience

  • Electronics knowledge and/or experience (design, build, test)

  • Knowledge/practical experience with optics and lasers

  • Knowledge of quality standards (e.g. ISO9001, ISO17025)

Experience in metrology is not required (although desirable). An appetite to support the broader team in a wider spectrum of testing and research is essential.

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.