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. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.
As a specialist in your field, we’ll be looking to you stretch our capability and take our research to the next level. Developing and applying leading-edge knowledge, techniques and technology, your work will have a real impact to our business and the UK as a whole. With your passion for your area of expertise, you’re continually learning – all of which you’ll share with the broader to team to increase their knowledge as well. Not only do you know how to lead and conduct cutting-edge research, you also recognise what aspects of it could be commercially viable. This will help build our range of products and services. As a passionate advocate of your subject, you will represent NPL as needed in order to promote our work, raise our profile and position us as a world-leader.  You’ll also help put together winning bids, in line with our growth strategy, and work collaboratively to develop partnership opportunities. We’d like to think it goes without saying that you will be ensure all our work is delivered to the very highest standards.
About You

There is an opportunity for a highly motivated technical lead to join the National Physical Laboratory's (NPL) Time & Frequency department to work on time and frequency distribution. In addition to being at the forefront of developing the next generation of atomic clocks, NPL is the only precision timing centre in the UK and fulfils a vital role by maintaining the national time scale, known as UTC(NPL).   NPL has been actively disseminating UTC(NPL) to the nation for several decades and has recently developed NPLTime®. NPLTime® is a precise time signal, directly traceable to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and certified at the user end, providing a trusted “common clock” with absolute time in any location using fibre-optic networks. We are actively engaged in promoting, scientifically as well as strategically, a pan-European fibre-optic network linking NMIs, research institutions and industrial customers.

The successful candidate will have a PhD and/or equivalent experience in physics or networking.  Experience or knowledge of: time dissemination/PTP, network design and best practice, testing best practice in software or hardware and commercial service delivery.  A track record of leading projects and teams, including orchestrating internal and external collaborative team work would be highly valuable. 

They will join a team of multi-disciplined engineers and scientists to help deliver NPLTime® service and to contribute to other projects relating to time dissemination.  We are looking for enthusiastic and driven individuals to build on the culture to deliver to our customers and evolve NPL's processes to operate at the highest standards.

Join NPL at an exciting time of growth where you will have a great opportunity to maximise impact from science. 

Main responsibilities for the role will include:

  • Providing direction and strategy in commissioning and maintaining network timing systems at NPL and remote locations
  • Lead engineers and scientists to deliver the service to time, cost and quality with focus on the customer in accordance with the NPL quality system
  • Orchestrate root cause analysis and solution finding to prevent issues as well as focus on continuous improvements
  • Drive a culture of monitoring performance, analysing and interpreting data on our services to produce technical reports

Please note: Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward. We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical. We will be holding first stage interviews on 13th and 15th August.

We actively recruit citizens of all backgrounds, but the nature of our work in this specific area means that nationality, residency and security requirements are more tightly defined than others.

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.