About the Role

Who sets the standards, to ensure that anything that can be measured is done so with consistency and reliability? We do. Through our vital research, the National Physical Laboratory is helping support scientific and commercial innovations, international trade, environmental protection and health and wellbeing. Not everyone who joins us has directly transferrable skills. As a Science Writer, you’ll research, write and edit a broad range of educational materials that give our people the knowledge they need to succeed. 

 

Our people – both industry and academic professionals – need outstanding training in order to perform at their best. That’s why we need someone like you, who can turn scientific content into world-class educational solutions. Liaising with the business, you’ll plan, review and amend a range of written and visual content for classroom, e-learning and blended learning solutions. From research to copywriting and editing, you’ll understand your audiences and write compelling support materials that will engage, inform and educate. 

 

NPL Training designs and creates training in measurement science, for learners in science and industry.

For example, we have created accredited programmes of study, and our ‘Metrology Technician Apprenticeship’ is the UK’s first apprenticeship curriculum in measurement science.

We also develop e-learning, for which we have recently procured a brand-new platform and authoring tool.

We are looking to appoint a Science Writer to help create our next wave of training products.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Designing curriculums for classroom, e-learning, and blended learning solutions
  • Designing and creating educational materials for scientific subject matter, including the use of interactive technology and audio-visual media
  • Comprehending complex scientific information to design accurate and engaging content, tailored to the audience
  • Developing your knowledge, skills and experience to stay up-to-date with information, theories and practice
 
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. We have hubs throughout the UK and would consider candidates being based closer to a hub, rather than our Teddington site. 


About You

Ideally, this role would be filled by an experienced science communicator/educator with a background in the physical sciences.

If that sentence describes you, then please apply.

However, we also welcome applications from practising scientists interested in working in training and communicating their expertise to others. If you are unsure whether you fit this description, but feel you have the skills required, please do apply.

This role will involve adding to, and working with, the complementary skillsets of a tight-knit team of people. It will likely involve a steep and exciting learning curve for the successful candidate. That does mean, however, that we place great emphasis on self-motivation and resilience, the ability to follow systems and procedures correctly, the ability to learn quickly and independently, and above all a pride in your work, attention to detail and a focus on quality.

Other essential attributes include:

  • A BSc (or similar) in a physical science
  • Strong mathematical skills commensurate with the level of a BSc degree
  • Accurate use of English in writing, especially explanatory writing
  • Ability to learn IT systems quickly
  • Strong time and workload management skills, to meet deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Creativity and problem-solving skills

Desirable but non-essential knowledge/experience would include:

  • Educational theories and practices
  • Audio recording and video editing
  • E-learning design
  • Working in a training or educational environment
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, 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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