About the Role

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK's National Measurement Institute, and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science, engineering and technology available NPL is the home of UTC(NPL), and is responsible for the generation and dissemination of precision time across the UK.

We are looking to add to our team of multi-disciplined engineers and scientists to provide technical leadership on projects and initiatives that guide the next generation of technologies, all the way from networking to navigation, and revolving around time dissemination.  NPL is embarking on the development of a new timescale facility that will have the potential to feed into Critical National Infrastructure.  This role offers the opportunity to work in collaboration with external organisations to develop this capability. We are looking for enthusiastic and driven individuals to build the culture, deliver to our customers and evolve NPL to operate at the highest standards.

We are interested in ambitious networks, software and electronics engineers with aptitude for scientific instrument and product development looking to build their careers in a diverse environment.

Responsibilities will include one or more of:

  • Development and maintenance of UK primary clocks and timescale 
  • Providing direction and strategy, implementation and maintenance of: network solutions, software development or time and frequency solutions
  • Development, operation and maintenance of a novel cold atom clock
  • Leading engineers and scientists to deliver projects to time, cost and quality with focus on the customer
  • Interfacing with internal and external stakeholders in order to determine their needs and manage expectations.
  • Ensuring that solution architectures are fit for purpose, deliver against user and business needs and are designed for future scalability.
  • Generating the system requirements, based on user needs and taking into account technical constraints and programme budget.
  • Orchestrating solution finding, and focus on continuous improvement to services and processes

About You

Requirements will include one or more of:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in engineering, physics, IT networks or software development

  • Work experience within an engineering, research and development, network delivery or software development environment.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, managing your time according to priorities

  • A rigorous approach to problem solving and ability to develop solutions to difficult problems

  • An inquisitive mind and willingness to interact dynamically within a team

  • Excellent written and verbal communication

  • Senior candidates - leadership ability both in terms of your technical knowledge and managing a small team of scientists and engineers

Advantageous skills include:

  • Programming experience: LabView, MatLab and Python are preferable

  • Design and implementation of optical fibre networks

  • Use of agile development methodologies

  • Electronics design and implementation

  • Experience in microwave and radio electronics

Applicants for more senior positions will be expected have good customer facing skills and contribute to applying for funding and exhibiting leadership in their technical area and potentially staff management of a small team.

Please note this role is being advertised across multiple zones. Offer and salary will be dependent on experience. We will be reviewing applications prior to the official close date, so we may change the close date if needed.

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.