About the Role

We have an opportunity for a network engineer to join our expanding National Time Scale Group, which forms part of the Time & Frequency Department.

The successful candidate will be part of a team developing IT infrastructure for a distributed time scale for the UK and globally. This will involve the design, implementation and testing of data transfer through optical fibre, along with satellite communications and GNSS-based time transfer methods. The role offers the opportunity to work in collaboration with external organisations.

You will be joining the National Time Scale Group, part of our Time & Frequency Department (www.npl.co.uk/time-frequency) at an exciting time. We maintain and develop the UK’s National Time Scale UTC(NPL) and are currently developing a new time scale facility that will underpin our Critical National Infrastructure. We also provide timing services to financial institutions for share trading, along with working on a range of time and frequency dissemination projects, many being GNSS-related.

Find out more at NPL Time & Frequency Recruitment

We are interested in ambitious candidates with an aptitude for scientific or engineering innovation, hardware and software development and systems testing, and looking to build their careers in a diverse environment.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Designing and implementing IT infrastructure to support satellite‑ and fibre‑based time and frequency transfer techniques for comparing distant atomic clocks
  • Working closely with the whole team to develop high-specification solutions
  • Interfacing with internal and external stakeholders to determine their needs and meet their expectations

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
We are only recruiting British Nationals due to the nature of our work in this area and security requirements

The successful candidate will meet one or more of the following requirements:


  • At least 5 years of computer and networking architecture experience
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, managing your time according to priorities
  • A rigorous approach to problem solving and ability to develop solutions to difficult problems
  • An inquisitive mind and willingness to interact dynamically within a team


  • MariaDB database experience
  • VMWare experience
  • Active Directory
  • Two-factor authentication systems
  • Firewall setup
  • System monitoring experience with Nagios
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Software experience in scientific applications (e.g. Python, LabVIEW, etc.)
  • A degree or equivalent experience in computer science or a relevant field of physics or engineering (e.g. signal processing, communications or systems engineering, software programming etc.)
  • Experience of working in an engineering or research and development environment with software engineering/development

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.