About the Role

NPL is seeking an experienced Higher Research Scientist based in Teddington to plan and deliver a number of technical activities to take our research to the next level. This full-time Research Scientist job comes with a generous salary and benefits package.

As a Higher - Research Scientist, you'll be expected to acquire new knowledge to find solutions to advance our research. Also, if commercial opportunities arise from your work, you'll need to flag these – as this is how new products and services are born. At NPL, we learn from each other, respect each other, and work together to do better for ourselves and our customers.

Your primary responsibilities will include:

Sharing your learnings so that we all benefit and mentoring those with less experience than you
Developing partnerships to strengthen our capability
Acting as an ambassador for our work externally and being willing to promote what we do
Providing technical support for any bids, we may be undertaking
About You

The UK’s National Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry Imaging (NiCE-MSI) at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world-class centre advancing measurement capability and developing metrology to improve reproducibility in MSI, supporting the uptake into industry and academia. 

We are now seeking a highly motived scientist to join our team to advance measurement capability, focusing on secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and working directly on NanoSIMS. You will be joining a multidisciplinary team of physicists, chemists, biologists and computational scientists working in mass spectrometry imaging with a focus on metrology. NiCE-MSI has one of the largest ranges of state-of-the-art mass spectrometry imaging techniques worldwide, including Time of Flight (ToF) SIMS, NanoSIMS, OrbiSIMS and ambient methods such as DESI MSI and MALDI MSI instrumentation. We are looking for candidates that can work independently and have a strong interest in experimental work and with experience of working in a laboratory environment. 

The role will involve: 

  • Use of the NanoSIMS instrument on a variety of sample types, both biological and inorganic.
  • Opportunity to collaborate and train with colleagues specialising in other mass spectrometry techniques and computational science. 
  • Working with and supporting academic and industrial partners to help meet their measurement challenges.
  • Delivery of commercial consultancy services and projects to industrial and academic customers.
  • Writing articles for publication in leading scientific journals.
  • Contribution to the maintenance of the instrument and laboratory

Prior experience in NanoSIMS is beneficial but not expected. A background in other high vacuum SIMS techniques (Dynamic SIMS magnetic sectors (eg. Cameca 3-7f), Quadrupole SIMS or ToF-SIMS) or with state-of-the-art scanning electron microscopy would be useful but also not a prerequisite since NanoSIMS training will be provided. The candidate will also be expected to support maintenance of the instrument and work to the highest health and safety standards.

Skills required 

  • PhD in physics, chemistry, biology or material science or equivalent experience
  • Strong communication and presentation skills in English, both written and spoken.
  • A demonstrated ability to write publications
  • A rudimentary knowledge of electronics testing and familiarity with ultrahigh vacuum systems.
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.