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.

We need to understand how our work shapes the economy. On one hand, it’s hugely motivational for 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 the analysis being undertaken. In addition, you’ll take ownership of your own personal development so that you keep up-to-date with the latest economic impact methodologies, so that we’re always ahead of the curve. 


An economic analyst is required to help us capture and evaluate the performance and impact of NPL and its partners. 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 NPL has on the UK economy.

This is a 2 year FTC.
About You

You will need to have studied 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. Strong candidates will combine a strong interest in the economics of science with the following attributes:

  • Analytical Skills - You will need strong technical skills and mathematical abilities in order to understand statistical methodologies including their limitations.
  • Communication Skills - You will be expected to present your findings in a way that is understandable to non-specialists. In particular, you will need to be able to write and speak clearly, in order to communicate complex ideas.
  • Critical Thinking - You will need to use data analysis and econometrics to reach clear conclusions.
Please note:  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews 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.
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.