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.

We’re looking for a Higher Scientist to join our Dimensional Metrology team based in Teddington. You’ll be involved in planning and delivering a number of technical activities to take our research to the next level. This full-time Higher Scientist roles comes with a generous salary and benefits package.

As a Higher 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.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Sharing your learnings so that we all benefit and mentoring other colleagues
  • 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 full time, 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 the Higher Scientist, you’ll have science-related degree and be able to perform research and development in the area of optical dimensional metrology and deliver advanced measurement services. You’ll be used to leading, planning, and delivering complex research projects from conception to fruition. Beyond that, we're looking for someone who'll thrive in an environment like ours.

What you can bring to the role:

  • An understanding of underlying physical phenomena exploited by various optical instruments and other non-destructive technologies for dimensional metrology.
  • Experience relevant to the optomechanical design, build, characterisation, and use of optical instruments for quantitative 2D and 3D metrology.
  • Familiarity with various imaging, interferometric, and confocal microscopy technologies. 
  • Knowledge  of advanced interferometric and computed tomography techniques 
  • Strong programming skills for development of software and algorithms for instrument control and quantitative analysis of measurement data. (LabVIEW, Matlab, and Python programming languages)
  • Competence with version control both for software and documentation (GitLab)
  • The ideal candidate will be comfortable working with measurement uncertainty and establishing traceability in measurement outputs with a strong track  record in the dissemination of reproducible scientific outputs through project reports, journal publications and conference presentations.

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 Us

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world-leading centre of excellence that provides cutting-edge measurement science, engineering and technology to underpin prosperity and quality of life in the UK. 

NPL and DSIT 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 and 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. 

At NPL, we believe our success is a result of the diversity and talent of our people. We strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, as part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we hold memberships and accreditations to ensure we’re creating an environment where all our colleagues feel supported and welcome, please see our Diversity & Inclusion page.

 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 benefits. Our values are at the heart of what we do, and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success. 

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.