About the Role

Superconducting quantum computing is a rapidly growing area which is not only of great scientific interest; but is also becoming increasingly relevant to industry. At the National Physical Laboratory testing and benchmarking of superconducting QC systems and devices is an active area of research carried out in collaboration with a wide range of UK and international partners from both academia and industry.

NPL is now seeking a highly motived full time Senior Scientist or Higher Scientist to join a growing team. The role will be focused on the development and metrology of superconducting qubits and processors. The goal is to develop new methods that allow us to accurately characterise and benchmark devices and systems, thereby also helping us to find ways to further improve their performance, underpinning research into the underlying material science.  

Senior/Higher Scientists will also be expected to help shape the future research directions of the team. 

This is a permanent position, and you will be joining a team of scientists working in the field of superconducting quantum information processing with a focus on metrology. You will have access to state-of-the-art cryogenics and measurement instrumentation and work in a purpose-built laboratory.    

The role will involve:

  • Delivery of projects focused on the design, fabrication, and testing of superconducting quantum circuits, in particular qubits.  
  • Design and measurement of superconducting qubits. 
  • Research and development of new state-of-the-art measurement capabilities
  • Write and publish articles for publication in leading scientific journals.

Senior scientists are additionally also expected to:

  • Provide technical leadership to junior colleagues and PhD students
  • Formulate future research directions 
  • Work with and support academic and industrial partners and help meet their measurement challenges.
  • Help manage projects, write scientific proposals etc.

The role will require expertise in measurements of superconducting quantum circuits such as qubits, as well as a good understanding of the underlying physics and engineering. It will also require someone who is interested in working closely with colleagues in the team as well as with external partners, with focus on UK industry and academic groups. 

At NPL you will be able to engage in a range of projects in quantum metrology, quantum computing and quantum sensing. Senior scientists have excellent opportunities to shape and expand their future research portfolio. The work will be carried out in the Quantum Computing Circuits group which is part of the department of Quantum Technology

This is a lab-based role and you will be working at our site in Teddington. We strive to offer a great work life balance so if you are looking for flexible options we will try to make this work where business possible.
About You

Senior/Higher Scientist required skills:

  • PhD in physics, electrical engineering or similar.
  • Experience measuring qubits in solid-state systems.
  • Knowledge of electronics and electrical measurement techniques with a focus on RF/MW measurements.
  • Proficiency in Python or a similar high-level programming language. 
  • Strong communication and presentation skills in English, both written and spoken.

Additional beneficial skills:

  • Practical experience of design, measurement, and characterisation of superconducting single- and multi-qubit circuits.

For candidates who wish to apply to a Higher Scientist role, additional beneficial skill include:

  • A record of publications in the relevant fields.
  • Experience of supervision of junior colleagues and/or PhD students
  • Experience of formulating research direction, e.g., writing research proposals

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.