About the Role

NPL is seeking a Higher Scientist with experience in Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) based in Teddington to plan and deliver a number of technical activities to take our research to the next level. This full-time research focussed job 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 and contribute to climate change mitigation. At NPL, we learn from each other, respect each other, and work together to do better for ourselves and our customers.

Your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the daily operation of a Thermo Fisher 253+ IRMS with Dual-Inlet, Multiport, and GasBench peripherals
  • Performing routine measurements of stable isotope ratios of pure CO2 and CO2 in air samples
  • Performing routine and advanced instrument maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Develop new analytical methods and refine existing protocols to address research questions
  • Preparation of a new generation of gravimetric gas reference materials focussing on CO2 stable isotopes in synthetic air
  • Developing partnerships to strengthen our capability
  • Acting as an ambassador for our work externally and being willing to promote what we do
About You

Required Qualifications:

  • BSc /MSc in Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geology or similar
  • Minimum of 3 years of laboratory experience with experience on mass spectrometry
  • Experience in the preparation and analyses of gases in general and/or experience with isotopic analyses of organic matter, water, carbonates, or similar
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work individually and with a team


Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geology or similar
  • Experience with Thermo Fisher Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometers, such as Ultra, 252/3, or Delta instruments including peripherals
  • Experience in the operation of gas handling and high vacuum systems
  • Experience in training and supervision of stable isotope laboratory users
  • Experience with the preparation of gravimetric gas standards
  • Experience with leading, planning, and delivering complex research projects from conception to fruition

In return for your knowledge and expertise, you'll receive a favourable salary and benefits package. If this full-time Higher Scientist job in Teddington sounds like the right fit for you, please apply today.

 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.

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 possible.
 We actively recruit citizens of all backgrounds, but the nature of our work in specific departments means that nationality, residency and security requirements can be more tightly defined than others. You will be asked about this throughout the recruitment process.


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.