About the Role

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.

About You

We are interested in ambitious scientists, engineers, electronics engineers, software engineers, hardware engineers and systems engineers with an aptitude for scientific innovation, test and evaluation, instrument development and product development looking to build their careers in a diverse environment.


Responsibilities will include one or more of: 

  • PhD, undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in physics, engineering, electronic engineering, systems engineering hardware development or software development
  • Work experience within an engineering, research and development, or software/hardware 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
  • Working closely with the whole team to develop high-specification solutions and instrumentation
  • Interfacing with internal and external stakeholders in order to determine their needs and manage expectations.
  • Generating the system requirements, based on user needs and taking into account technical constraints and programme budget.
  • Programming experience: LabView, MatLab and Python are preferable
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.