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
We are now working in a hybrid way,with a mix of remote and office working. We strive to offer a great work-lifebalance - if you are looking for part time or flexible options, we will try to make this work where business possible. This will be dependent on the kind ofrole you do and part of the business you work in.
About You
The Electronic & Magnetic Materials (ELECMAGN) group is looking for a full time Higher Research Scientist (HRS) to work as part of its Emerging Electronics team to develop an advanced scanning probe microscopy (SPM) facility for tip-enhanced optical spectroscopy (TEOS), scanning Kelvin probe microscopy (SKPM), and related techniques for nanocharacterisation of emerging electronic materials. Materials of study within ongoing projects are: perovskite and organic semiconductors, 2D materials, compound semiconductors, and plasmonic nanostructures.

The role will involve development of hardware and software as well as the measurement procedures and error budgets, alongside novel data fusion methods. Exploitation of this capability will require working alongside Industry and Academia to undertake specific studies on a wider range of materials and to disseminate our expertise through journal publications, wider-readership articles, and conference presentations. It is likely that the successful candidate will hold a PhD in physics or a related field.

The candidate will also show willingness and ability to learn new skills, engaging with current trends and recent publications to keep up with the field. They will seek out funding opportunities and collaborations and contribute to writing proposals.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • A background in physics/materials science with understanding of Electronic Materials, Organic/Hybrid Semiconductors and Semiconductor Device Physics
  • Experience with scanning probe microscopy, and ability to learn advanced modes.
  • Experience with optical spectroscopy (Raman or photoluminescence) and enthusiasm to develop new instrumentation and methods for tip-enhanced optical spectroscopy.
  • Experience with handling and characterising thin film semiconductor samples.
  • Strong mathematical ability and competence with software for data analysis and modelling e.g. Matlab, Origin, Labview, Python, Comsol.
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Appreciation of Health & Safety and Quality Assurance for technical work

  • Experience with advanced modes of scanning probe microscopy e.g. SKPM, C-AFM, PC-AFM, TEOS, SThM etc.
  • Expert-level practical experience with Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy of semiconductor material.
  • Broad knowledge of semiconductor materials including perovskites, organic, inorganic, 2D, nanostructured materials, particularly wide bandgap compound semiconductors.
  • Experience with electromagnetic and mechanical mathematical modelling, and data fusion, particularly for 2D materials.
  • Experience delivering conference presentations and writing for journal publications.
  • Experience with use of a cleanroom & glovebox.
  • Experience of international collaborative research.
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 possible.
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, black, Asian and minority ethnic 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.

If you are applying for this position and you have been displaced by the Ukrainian crisis, please apply and email [email protected] or text 07976873073 highlighting you are applying under the "We support Ukraine" initiative - Ukraine employment support - NPL