About the Role

We are looking for a self-motivated Higher Scientist/Engineer to join the Thermophysical Properties area within the Advanced Engineering Materials group based in Teddington, which is home to some unique facilities that support UK industry. This full-time role comes with a generous salary and benefits package.

Research and measurement sit at the very core of our business here at NPL. This is your chance to become an important part of a team that focuses on the delivery of specialist Measurement Services for a wide range of industries. 

We are looking for someone who has an interest to develop a career in materials science with a special interest in thermal properties area. As a Higher Scientist / Engineer you'll be able to work independently and as part of a team. Your role will involve experimental work in the laboratory, data analysis, report writing and customer facing activities. You'll be able to solve problems in the laboratory as they arise and ensure timely delivery of research and commercial contracts for industrial customers. The successful candidate will understand operating under a quality system and have strong time management skills. 

As a collaborative team here at NPLwe learn from and respect each other, and work together to deliver the best service for our customers. You will keep your technical knowledge up to date with the latest advances and take responsibility for completing your work to the highest quality standards, on time and within budget.

What you'll be doing:

  • Undertake measurements using thermal analysis methods (thermogravimetry, differential scanning analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, thermomechanical analysis, laser flash analysis, dilatometry).
  • Work independently as required, taking responsibility for set-up, calibrations, interpreting data and the repairs and maintenance of test equipment.
  • Sample preparation from a wide range of materials as needed. Attention to detail is essential.
  • Analyse experimental data including preparation of internal and external reports.
  • Training will be provided, but you will need to have a willingness to learn and develop through self-directed learning.
  • Develop standard procedures in the thermophysical properties area.
  • Work on both short- and long-term projects for internal and external customers.
  • Adhere to quality and health and safety protocols.
About You

  • A materials science degree or a similar degree. 
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of thermal analysis methods with the ability to rapidly learn new skills.
  • Experience in a laboratory environment is essential.
  • Ability to work independently and in a small team and work to tight deadlines.
  • Good interpersonal skills and a good team player with a positive attitude.
  • The ability to comprehend and explain relevance of results.
  • Understanding of quality systems.

We are now working in a hybrid way, with a mix of remote and office working, depending on the projects you are working on. We strive to offer a great work life balance we will try to make this work where possible.

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 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.