About the Role
Put simply, 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. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.

Research sits at the very core of our business. This is your chance to make an impact to our ground-breaking work as you apply your established knowledge and solutions to a range of technical activities. As we’re always looking to stretch our capabilities, we’ll look to you to spot potential commercial opportunities and to help raise our profile as and when you can. We work as a team here, so any learnings you do make, we’ll expect you to share to support in our continued development (you might also turn your hand to mentoring more junior members too). Naturally, you’ll keep your technical knowledge up-to-speed with the latest advances and take responsibility for completing your work to the highest standards, on time and within budget.
About You
Air Quality is a significant issue for UK and global societies; this is reflected in its increasing prominence globally, and on national and local government agendas. NPL’s Air Quality & Aerosol Metrology group manages several UK Air Quality Networks, delivers essential metrological support to UK and overseas industries and is a recognised science and technology leader in the air quality domain.

Against the backdrop of growing demand for our work, we are looking for a Field Service Engineer (E) to provide on-site calibration, maintenance and limited servicing of air quality sampling and analysis instruments in support of UK air quality networks and NPL’s measurement services.  This role is expected to be working autonomously in the field for minimum 80% of the time.

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.

You’ll have a firm base of knowledge in scientific methods both academic and practical. You will have practical experience of carrying out servicing and calibration work in field environments. You will have a broad understanding of the science of air quality, and of the sources and sinks affecting air pollution.

The role would suit a field service engineer with an interest in the calibration, operation, and testing of instruments, particularly of those used in support of air quality sampling and monitoring. Evidence of instrument maintenance and working in field environments are essential. You’ll be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of quality assurance, uncertainty analysis, and health and safety.

Following training and familiarisation with the instruments, you will work independently and be able to apply your own initiative, effective decision making and technical skills without the need for reach-back to colleagues. You will need to be able to maintain safety and quality of work whilst delivering to external customer deadlines. As work will be at NPL Teddington and Air Quality monitoring stations across the UK, you must be prepared to work outdoors. Some sites are sited in urban areas so you must feel comfortable driving in busy city centre traffic; a current UK driving licence is essential.

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.

We actively recruit citizens of all backgrounds, but the nature of our work in this specific area means that nationality, residency, and security requirements are more tightly defined than others. To work in this role, you will need to have a SC clearance with no restrictions, or you must have the ability to obtain a SC clearance.

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, 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. 

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.