About the Role
NPL is seeking a research scientist to join the Electrochemistry Group at NPL Teddington (South-West London) in a permanent position. This position is ideally suited to a recent STEM graduate (or equivalent experience) with practical laboratory experience wishing to perform experimental work in a leading research institute.

From high energy density batteries to hydrogen electrolysers and biomedical sensors, electrochemistry is the fundamental science that underpins many of the technologies driving us towards an environmentally conscious and prosperous future. Development of these critical technologies relies on high quality electrochemical measurements, generating accurate and reproducible data. As world leaders in electrochemical metrology (the science of electrochemical measurement) NPL’s Electrochemistry Group works with world-leading academic groups and industrial partners to support fundamental scientific developments and real-world technology 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 full time, part time or flexible options, we will try to make this work where it is business possible. In addition, there is a wide range of Benefits available to you as an NPL employee.
About You

The successful applicant will work with experienced colleagues across the Electrochemistry Group to help deliver projects focused on clean-energy technologies in our batteries, hydrogen technologies and net-zero energy infrastructure themes and keep our laboratories running smoothly. The role will primarily be laboratory based with a strong focus on performing experiments to a high quality and supporting senior colleagues in organising the labs.

Requirements

Essential

The following are required to successfully deliver the role:

  • A BSc, MSc (or equivalent experience) in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, or another STEM subject.
  • Experience working safely and to a high quality in a laboratory.
  • The ability to effectively co-operate with diverse project teams.
  • Conscientiousness and attention to detail.
  • The ability to self-organise and work simultaneously on a range of activities.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.

Advantageous

Experience or knowledge of any of the skills listed below would be beneficial but are not required to be considered for the role. Successful applicants may expect to develop many of these skills with support from colleagues

  • Performing risk assessments and working in controlled environments.
  • Performing electrochemical measurements relating to batteries, fuel cells, electrolysers or corrosion.
  • Working in an ISO 17025 or similarly accredited laboratory.
  • Laboratory or project administration skills.
 
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 supportUkraine" initiative  - Ukraineemployment support - NPL
 
 
Applications will be reviewed, and interviews will be 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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