About the Role
NPL has a programme of work on the establishment of metrologically-rigorous uncertainties for satellite data products. This has included the development of tools to assess the uncertainty of data from satellite images derived from a detailed understanding of the underlying physics/engineering and performance of the sensor and its impact on the data. This is complemented with the development of methods and instrumentation to perform SI traceable pre-flight calibration and characterisation of the sensor. NPL has also now prototyped the means to adapt these capabilities so that they can be integrated on-board the satellite.

Following recent selection of an NPL proposed metrology focussed satellite mission we are seeking to expand our team with proven expertise to ensure the missions success as well as broader developments.
About You

We are looking for a senior scientist/engineer with significant metrology experience in the optical radiation domain at the highest level, ideally having had close links to international metrology community in a relevant field to play a lead role in this area. They should also ideally have experience with the calibration of hyperspectral imaging satellite sensors.


This will involve:

  • Providing technical analysis of optical instrumentation to assess uncertainty propagation of satellite sensors and calibration systems.
  • Design, build, test of optical sensor calibration facilities tied to primary radiometric standards, including pre-flight and on-board satellite sensors.
  • Participating in calibration of satellite sensors
  • Participating in international metrology and space related committees, industrial consortia meetings etc
  • Managing/mentoring junior scientists/engineers working in these technical areas and (potentially) supervising masters and PhD students

Technical knowledge

  • Strong understanding of the physics of optical radiometric sensors and in particular, satellite sensors and knowledge of how level 1 products are obtained.
  • Experience of pre-flight calibration of hyperspectral sensors.
  • Strong metrology experience ideally evidence of close working relationship and understanding of international metrology community and realisation of primary radiometric scales.
  • Thermal design and modelling an advantage
  • Educated to at least Masters level in a related subject and likely to have at least 10 or more years’ experience.
  • Innovative creative thinker, able to self-motivate and challenge convention
  • Practical and pragmatic minded able to design, build and test engineering solutions in a timely manner and to budget.



  • Able to encourage and support junior scientists
  • Leads in a coaching style
  • Collaborative with other senior scientists working in complementary areas
  • Able to provide technical leadership across several simultaneous projects
  • Has vision and thinks strategically
  • Strong existing metrology and space network
  • Has had a leadership role in an international consortium
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.