About the Role

A global energy transition towards renewable is key to avoid global warming. To achieve a successful transition, industry, researchers, innovators and decision-maker needs accurate and reliable measurements to deploy the best energy solutions. At NPL, we develop and deliver these measurements through cutting edge analytical methods, standards and international leadership.

We are looking for a Higher Scientist to join our NPL’s Energy Gas Metrology Group to design and deliver research projects and services and to complement the existing hydrogen science team in ensuring the group’s output of scientific excellence. This higher scientist will focus on providing the metrology needed to support the uptake of hydrogen as an energy source (i.e., transport, power-to-gas, industry).

The Energy Gas Metrology Group within the Atmospheric Environmental Science Department carries out world-leading measurement science research maintaining the UKs National Standards for gas composition and disseminating traceability that underpins a broad range of measurements to a wide variety of stakeholders in industry and academia. 

About You

You have a PhD in analytical chemistry or in a relevant science (e.g., Chemistry, Physics) or engineering field working within a laboratory environment.

You are comfortable delivering scientific work to a very high standard whilst supporting junior members of the team to do the same.

You are interested in applied metrology, working in the laboratory and in the field.

You will be required to provide delivery and technical knowledge within the Energy Gases science team of NPL’s Gas Metrology Group. This role will involve a balance of planning, conducting and supervising experimental work in the laboratory with data analysis, scientific paper, report and proposal writing, project management, business development and customer facing activities.

For this Higher Research Scientist position the following are required to successfully deliver the role:

  • Working knowledge of analytical chemistry and gas analysis techniques such as gas chromatography and/or spectroscopy
  • Experience of field work (i.e., sampling, offsite analysis) would be preferable.
  • Demonstratable experience of planning and leading a team to deliver research activities
  • Examples of networking, developing and maintaining external collaboration leading to new commercial work or funded projects
  • An ability to write peer-reviewed papers and present papers and presentation at scientific conferences.
  • Driving licence
  • A knowledge of the role of hydrogen and renewable gases in the energy transition is preferable.

You must be able to work independently and as part of a team to achieve goals to advance innovation in our laboratories. Great communication skills and an enthusiasm for science, are essential and you will be challenged to think for yourself. You should be interested in field work, offsite sampling, travel for business (i.e., research experiment, sampling, customers, external meetings).

You can expect opportunities to solve real-world science and engineering problems in the laboratory. Beyond that, we’re looking for someone who’ll thrive in an environment like ours.  These are lab-based positions, at our laboratories in Teddington and you will be expected to work mainly on-site.

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.