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 of our people. Talent is not limited to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or nationality. No matter what your background, we’re committed to fulfilling your potential. In doing so, we fulfil ours.

That said, hard work is no substitute for the health and well-being of our people. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to creative a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefits (see our careers website for more information). Your experience will vary depending on where you’re located, but with hubs in South West London, Surrey, Cambridge, Birmingham, Huddersfield and Strathclyde, we’re closer than you might think.

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To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process.