About the Role
PhD Vacancy
The sixth generation (6G) network that is expected to be commercialised from around 2030 will generate greater diversity and provide technical platforms to solve social, economic and humanity issues with higher data rates (×50 compared to 5G), wider bandwidth (20 GHz) and lower latency (sub-milliseconds). Those requirements push semiconductor devices and IC designs to the limits, and is beyond Moore’s law. For quantum computers, the sub-1 Kelvin working environment makes conventional CMOS technology “freeze out” and the conventional chip measurement approaches unworkable. In addition, the large number of qubits (e.g. 100 or more) needed to make quantum computing meaningful requires novel characterisation methods. All in all, novel on-chip test capabilities and the measurement technologies for complex waveforms with ultrawide bandwidth operating at room or cryogenic temperature are urgently required and are of national importance.
The aim of this project is to establish a world leading multi-physical on-wafer test capability and develop the corresponding measurement techniques for advanced chip-level systems for 6G mobile communications and quantum circuits.
About You
Applicants must have or expect to obtain the equivalent of a 1st or 2.1 degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering or Applied Physics.
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.