About the Role

You’ll plan and deliver a number of technical activities to take our research to the next level. As we’re pushing boundaries all the time, we’ll expect you to acquire new knowledge to find solutions to advance our research. It’s your responsibility to share your learnings so that we all benefit, mentoring those with less experience than you. Equally, if commercial opportunities arise from your work, you’ll need to flag these – as this is how new products and services are born. The same can be said for developing partnerships to strengthen our capability. You’ll also act as an ambassador for our work externally and be willing to promote what we do. And, as an expert in your field, we’ll also seek your technical support for any bids we may be undertaking.

About You

A permanent vacancy exists for a Higher Research Scientist to work in the Ultrasound and Underwater Acoustics Group, in the Ultrasound area. The candidate will contribute to a number of projects requiring application of a range of leading-edge measurement techniques and instruments. These include hydrophone-based systems, techniques for measuring ultrasound power and acoustic properties of materials, methods for detecting acoustic cavitation as well as clinically-relevant ultrasound imaging devices. The novel research will contribute to the development of reference characterisation methods for medical and industrial ultrasound systems, impacting on existing and emerging applications, accessible by end users. A strong track record in the area is important, together with experience in publishing in scientific journals.

The successful candidate will have a PhD or EngD level qualification in Physics, Engineering or equivalent, preferably with post-doctoral experience in a relevant field. A good working knowledge of the operation of the various types of ultrasound systems in medical and industrial use, with direct experience in developing systems to acquire, analyse and present ultrasound data, and experience in a commercial environment are all advantageous. Software skills should include MATLAB and/or LabView.

The role involves practical research, and requires a careful, methodical approach and attention to detail. The ability to problem-solve and propose appropriate solutions, along with an understanding of the underlying physical principles is also important.

Strong personal motivation, good communication skills with the ability to interact and network with collaborators, science peers and future customers, business awareness and an ability to work to deadlines within a team are prerequisites for the role.


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 benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

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.