About the Role
Whether you’re talking about length, mass, time, temperature, electric current, amount or the brightness of light, the National Physical Laboratory sets the standards by which these things are all measured. Yet who measures the impact our work has on the economy? As our Economist, you will.  Thanks to your analysis, we’re able to show the wide-reaching effect our work has on the world. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.

We need to understand how our work shapes the economy. On one hand, it’s hugely motivational to us to see the difference we’re making. Yet it’s also an extremely valuable way of garnering support for investments. Working within the Analysis and Evaluation team, you’ll help develop, implement and report on the economic analyses, using econometrics and other methods, to evaluate our impact. You’ll then need to write these findings up in a compelling format that is appropriate to whichever stakeholder it’s aimed at. Working with the broader team, you’ll also help to develop new economic evaluation methodologies and adapt existing ones to the needs of our customers. In addition, you’ll take ownership of your own personal development so that you keep up-to-date with the latest economic impact methodologies for scientific research, so that we’re always ahead of the curve. 
About You

An economic analyst (undergraduate sandwich student) is required to help us capture and evaluate the performance and impact of the National Measurement System. You will need to use economic principles to identify plausible mechanisms through which impact is generated. Furthermore, statistical analysis will be used to test these ideas and quantify the impact of an activity. This information will be used to help policy makers make more informed investment decisions and maximise the impact we have on the UK economy.

You will need be studying for a degree in economics and have an interest in exploring the role that public institutions play in supporting innovation and economic growth. Ideally, you will also have an interest in scientific and technological developments.

Candidates will combine an interest in the economics of science policy with the following attributes:

  • Analytical Skills - Analysts need technical skills in order to understand statistical methodologies including their limitations.
  • Communication Skills - Able to present your findings in a way that is understandable to non-specialists. In particular, you need to be able to write and speak clearly in order to communicate complex ideas.
  • Critical Thinking - You will need to use data analysis to reach clear conclusions.
  • Attention to Detail - You will need to pay attention to detail to come to perform accurate analysis.
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.