About the Role

Who sets the standards, to ensure that anything that can be measured is done so with consistency and reliability? We do. Through our vital research, the National Physical Laboratory is helping support scientific and commercial innovations, international trade, environmental protection and health and wellbeing. To achieve our ambitions, we need to continually evolve

In this post you will be part of a highly motivated team applying physics and engineering to solve challenging technical problems and will engage with external organisations to help grow our business. As a member of a world leading Temperature and Humidity measurement group you will be involved in a range of activities from government funded long-term research, such as primary acoustic thermometry following the recent redefining of the kelvin, to providing innovative solutions to immediate industrial challenges in a diverse range of sectors including advanced manufacturing, energy and environment.

Current research activities include traceable, robust thermometry in harsh environments:

  • Development and validation of novel phosphor thermometry instrumentation and techniques suitable for the nuclear storage and decommissioning environment.
  • Standard flames for the calibration of optical gas thermometry techniques.
  • Design, construction and validation of point and imaging phosphor thermometry instruments.
  • Development of high-speed fibre-optic thermometers for measuring explosive events and in‑cylinder internal combustion engine temperatures.
  • Development of Gamma/RFi immune fibre-optic phosphor-tipped thermometers suitable for use in high-gamma environments.

This research and development role will involve:

  • Design, construction, and operation of experiments, using optical components, including the development of data acquisition systems and analysis software.
  • Reporting your work internally to your team and externally to your customers and other stakeholders, including peer review publications, conference presentations and invited lectures.
  • Actively seeking engagement with colleagues, customers, and other stakeholders to grow partnerships, business income and esteem indicators.
  • Technical leadership in project bidding and delivery, including proposal writing and reporting.
About You
Skills and required background/experience:
  • This senior role requires a candidate with extensive relevant expertise who is recognised nationally as a specialist and leader in their field
  • A degree in physics or related engineering discipline (minimum upper second class) and ideally a PhD/EngD
  • Relevant experience to include:
    • Design and implementation of optical measurement systems, including working with laser and LED light sources.
    • Experience in software programming, including data acquisition and data processing, such as LabVIEW and Matlab would be advantageous
    • Previous experience in non-contact thermometry, particularly phosphor thermometry and pyrometry would be a distinct advantage also

Beyond that, we’re looking for someone who’ll thrive in an environment like ours. At NPL we learn from each other, respect each other and work together to do better. For ourselves and for our customers. And whilst we’re always looking to stretch beyond what we know, we don’t make things more complicated when there’s no need. Together, we’re helping make the impossible, possible.

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.

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and BAME candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.

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.