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 life balance - 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 of role you do and part of the business you work in.
About You

A permanent vacancy exists for a Higher Research Scientist to work in the Ultrasound and Underwater Acoustics Group within the medical ultrasound area. The candidate will contribute to a number of projects that involve applying leading-edge measurement techniques and instruments to research healthcare challenges. These include hydrophone-based systems, techniques for measuring ultrasound power, acoustic properties of materials as well as direct work for customers on measurement services and consultancies. The novel research will contribute to projects addressing the development of standardised characterisation methods to evaluate the performance of medical ultrasound imaging systems, impacting on existing and emerging clinical applications. A track record in the area is expected, together with experience in publishing in scientific journals.

The successful candidate will have strong personal motivation and a track record of working effectively as part of a team on a variety of research projects. They will have a graduate or post-graduate qualification in Physics/ Medical Physics/Acoustics or equivalent experience. A good working knowledge of the operation of the various types of ultrasound systems, with direct experience in developing or using medical ultrasound measurement systems to acquire, analyse and present data is essential. Software skills should include MATLAB and LabView. Python would be advantageous.

The role primarily involves experiment-based practical research, requiring a careful, methodical approach with attention to detail. The ability to problem-solve and propose appropriate solutions, along with an understanding of the underlying physical principles is critical. Experience and skills in developing and employing theoretical models to better understand measurements would be very useful (e.g k-Wave, PAFEC).

In order the support professional development, NPL encourages its staff to publish and present at international conferences. Accordingly, good communication skills with the ability to interact and network with collaborators, science peers and future customers, business awareness and an ability to deliver to deadlines are all prerequisites for the role.

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.
 
If you are applying for this position and you have been displaced by the Ukrainian crisis, please apply and email careers@npl.co.uk or text 07976873073 highlighting you are applying under the "We support Ukraine" initiative - Ukraine employment support - NPL
 
 
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.

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