About the Role
At NPL, we set the standards by which everything is measured. In doing so, the National Physical Laboratory is helping to combat issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases, and the development of cutting-edge communications technology. Our role is to research, create and deliver the measurement infrastructure which underpins the UK's prosperity and quality of life across many fields of industry. 

The NPL Data Science Team is growing and is currently a diverse team of around 45 staff with roughly 18 PhD students. We are spread across three geographical locations: Teddington, Cambridge and Glasgow. Within Data Science, the Digital Manufacturing Group are applying cutting edge data science techniques to the UK’s manufacturing sector, helping industry better understand and use data. 

We are looking for a Research Scientist based in Glasgow, to plan and deliver a number of technical challenges that will take our research to the next level. This full-time Research Scientist job comes with a generous salary and benefits package. We will also provide you with new opportunities to grow and develop along with a range of interesting scientific challenges 
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
As a Research Scientist, you'll be expected to acquire new knowledge to find solutions to advance our work and understanding. Also, if commercial opportunities arise from your work, you'll be encouraged to develop these – as this is how many of our 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. 

To be successful in this role, you will already have a PhD in a mathematical discipline such as mathematics/statistics, computer science or physics. You will have experience working in a research team and collaborating with others. You will enjoy learning new skills and sharing your expertise and experience with others. You should also be confident in planning and delivering complex research projects from conception to fruition. Beyond that, we're looking for someone who'll thrive in a supportive team that recognises the importance of everyone’s voice. 

Your primary responsibilities will include: 
Applying and developing your technical expertise in a wide range of application areas 
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 

Typically, you’ll work on two or three different projects at any one time and you, and your line manager will balance your workload as your settle-into the role. Example projects you may be involved in include:  

Developing models to examine uncertainty propagation in advanced manufacturing systems 
Using statistical techniques to assess and test the performance of machine learning algorithms  
Creating data structures and storage architecture for advanced materials, 
Defining data quality metrics for industrial data sets used to train machine learning systems, 
Building information models to represent scientific experiments,   

Since COVID-19, the team have adopted a hybrid working model.  We are currently looking to hire in Glasgow but travel between the three sites may be required on occasions. Our office is based within the Technology & Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde and offers modern facilities and step-free access. If this full-time Research Scientist job sounds like the right fit for you, please apply today and we look forward to meeting you. 
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.

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