About the Role

There is an opportunity for a motivated individual to join NPL’s Quantum Technologies Department to work in the Quantum Materials and Sensors group.

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.

The candidate will contribute to a number of projects requiring application of a range of leading-edge research and measurement techniques. 

The role includes:

  •  Designing and performing experimental studies;
  •  Development and performing advanced SPM experiments;
  • Development of standardization procedures in the magnetism area;

It will also involve collaborative working :

  • Development of a circle of new industrial collaborations.
  • Working in close collaboration with a large European network;
  • Exploring existing and building up new collaborative networks in the international research community;

And could involve presentation of research results in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences;

About You

A successful candidate should demonstrate experience and knowledge in the multidisciplinary research area, including:

  • Excellent knowledge of magnetic and electrical modes of scanning probe techniques;
  • Knowledge and experience in SQUID magnetisation measurements;
  • Knowledge of transport and local measurements of topologically-protected spin structures;
  • Significant experience in nanotechnology and nanofabrication;
  • Good level of programming and modelling skills (LabView, MatLab).

General requirements:

  • •             A PhD or relevant laboratory experience in physics or relevant disciplines;
  • •             Understanding and enthusiasm in fundamental and applied research;
  • •             Excellent problem-solving, with a record in innovative research;
  • •             Strong communication and presentation skills;
  • •             Ability to manage own time and to work as part of an interdisciplinary project team.

Interviews will be held on 8th January & 20th January. We will be reviewing applications prior to the closing date. Please note we may close the vacancy before the end date.
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.