About the Role

The group is a world leading player when it comes to measurements underpinning Earth Observation and Climate Science. We help calibrate satellite instrumentation, we provide measurement traceability for the vicarious calibration of satellites, and we are actively involved in improving the quality of earth observation data. Apart from the Earth Observation and Climate Science community, the group serves a wide range of customers from a variety of industries such as Health Care, Advanced Manufacturing, and Aerospace.

Impact of the role: The group is currently upgrading a lot of its measurement infrastructure. This is a unique opportunity to get involved in setting up world-leading measurement service capability.

In this role, you would work with our science experts and design engineers to deliver either upgrades to existing facilities or completely new measurement facilities – from requirements capture through to final delivery. The facilities range from commercial off the shelf equipment to highly complex and world leading measurement facilities. Subject to substantial leadership experience, you will act as the engineering lead on these developments, alongside science experts and project managers as appropriate.

About You
Essential skills:

Software: programming Labview at professional level, requirements capture, development and testing
uality systems experience working to quality systems requirements (ISO9001 :2015)
Experience of Building experimental facilities / Building experimental set-ups – following a rigorous systems engineering approach
A good work history of problem solving and fault finding in electronic systems and IT
Data acquisition system design (Experience with RS232, USB, Ethernet, PXI and GPIB instruments)
Motion control experience (stepper motors / servo systems) 
Automating systems / implementing control systems
Must be able to lift 10 kg unassisted
Degree in Engineering or equivalent experience
Ability to work as part of a team
Good time management skills

Skills – advantageous:

Radiometry experience
Metrology experience, including familiarity with uncertainty budgets
Experience in geometric, physical and electro optics.
Project management / leadership experience

You are recognised as a specialist and leader in your field. No doubt this is supported by a strong scientific background, and a long list of successful research projects. If you’re published, even better. Beyond that, we’re looking for someone who’ll thrive in an environment like ours. At NPL we learn from each other, respect each other and work together to do better. For ourselves and for our customers. And whilst we’re always looking to stretch beyond what we know, we don’t make things more complicated when there’s no need. Together, we’re helping make the impossible, possible.

About The Company

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field.This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL 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(see our careers website for more information).

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.