About the Role
Put simply, we set the standards by which everything is measured. In doing so, the National Physical Laboratory is helping to combat issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases and the development of cutting-edge communications technology. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.

Research is what drives our business. And it will be up to you to develop and lead your team, setting your technical area’s strategic direction and ensuring your vision is delivered. When it comes to solutions, you don’t just rely on established methodologies. To get the results you seek, you’re willing to challenge what we do and how we do it, so that we’re expanding our capability. In doing so, you’ll be able to drive collaboration – internally and externally – to enhance activity and optimise commercial opportunities. Your passion for your work, means you already have a great network though which you’ll promote our work, representing NPL and speaking wherever you’re needed. As your work progresses, and new learnings established, you’ll make sure you bring the team with you – training and developing them so that they grow with us. Your technical leadership will shape the interests of the UK. 
 
About You
To lead and inspire a team of this calibre, not only will you need to be a world-class expert in your field, you’ll also need experience of motivating a team to do better. Inspirational, influential and a great relationship builder, you have the commercial awareness to help us achieve our ambitions. 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.
 
We are seeking a highly experienced antenna calibration expert to lead and develop our microwave near-field and far-field measurement facility. You will be recognised as an established leader in this area, ideally with experience at international metrology level. We have state of the art measurement capabilities used to deliver antenna characterisations for the communications, aerospace  and EMC industries and also work with leading antenna organisations to support their research and development. Our ranges can operate from the kHz region to beyond 200 GHz and are being expanded to meet the ever more complex challenges presented by emerging applications such as 5G communication.
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.

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