About the Role

We’re seeking practicing and experienced Systems Engineers to join our world-leading Time and Frequency Department.

We maintain and develop the UK’s National Time Scale, UTC (NPL), and are currently developing a new resilient Time Scale facility that will underpin our Critical National Infrastructure. You will be joining the department at an exciting time as we look to grow our Systems Engineering team and you will contribute to mature the NPL Systems Engineering processes within the Time & Frequency department.

As Systems Engineer, you’ll enjoy working alongside prominent Scientists and Engineers to bring a systems approach to a range of research projects. You will have a pivotal role in in setting the new standards for frequency measurements by designing, developing and implementing the systems required to launch our measurement facilities at the new AQML laboratory in Teddington, London.

This role offers exciting opportunities to collaborate with subject-matter experts across the business.

Key responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with senior stakeholders to ensure that our systems fulfil business strategy;
  • Partnering with world-leading science teams to develop and document system and subsystem requirements, architecture, behaviour, and verification & acceptance testing;
  • Application of end-to-end systems analysis and modelling;
  • Definition and control of internal and external system’s interfaces;
  • Definition and assessment of software and software-hardware integration activities;
  • Working as a team to accurately assess and communicate risks and mitigations;
  • Documentation of system’s analysis, synthesis, and test results, according to NPL’s internal Engineering process, and on time & budget;
  • Contributing to mature the NPL Systems Engineering processes within the Time & Frequency department;
  • Liaising with suppliers or developers outside of the system’s core science team to source (including tasks creation and allocations) the most effective hardware or software in line with the system’s requirements;
  • Explaining complex technical concepts and tech advisory to internal and external stakeholders from technical and non-technical backgrounds;
  • Liaising with suppliers / developers to source the most effective hardware / software.

We are now working in a hybrid way, with a mix of remote and office working on site in Teddington. 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 and dependent on the role.

About You

We believe that diversity and unique perspectives are key to the success of our science projects. For this role, we particularly encourage applications from candidates underrepresented in STEM disciplines, in particular women, disabled, black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates.

Reporting to a Group Leader, you’ll enjoy responsibility for the development of systems plans to time, quality and cost. You’ll utilise analytical and technical skills to contribute to the design, implementation, and monitoring of systems to push the boundaries of measurement accuracy and stability.

To be successful in this role, you will have the following skills, experience, and qualifications:

  • Degree in Physics or a closely-related subject area (Optical, Mechanical, Electronics, Systems or Software Engineering);
  • Proven industry systems engineering experience with the design of complex systems;
  • Experience in developing and building instrumentation systems;
  • Development using different methodologies e.g., agile, iterative, etc.;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills with the ability to explain complex technical concepts;
  • Collaborative and proactive team player with a determined attitude when face with ambiguity.

It is desirable if you have interest in Physics, measurements, and communications, for example:

  • Time and frequency measurement and time scales 
  • Real-time monitoring and control of electronic hardware.
  • Satellite communication, optical fibre and GNSS-based systems.
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.
About Us

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. To work at NPL, you will need to obtain BPSS security clearance. Some departments may require a higher level of security clearance. 

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 benefitsOurvalues 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.