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

The BioMetrology group at NPL is a multidisciplinary team working to develop cutting-edge measurement sciences (methods and standards) to understand biological systems and processes from the molecular to the multicellular level. Our research responds to the challenges of reproducibility, traceability and comparability in biological R&D, supporting the advance of key national and global priorities including drug and antimicrobial discovery, cell and gene therapies, regenerative medicine and synthetic biology.

As part of a team of biologists, chemists and physicists, you will develop and apply state-of-the-art techniques for proteins expression, purification and biophysical analysis. You will focus on working with bacterial, mammalian and particularly insect cell platforms used within the group.

With a biological sciences related PhD or equivalent work experience, you have a solid background in membrane protein biochemistry and/or biophysics with established and demonstrable skills in molecular biology, protein expression (E. coli, SF9), purification and biophysical characterisation. Additional desirable skills and experience include x-ray crystallography and/or cryo-EM.

You should have a customer focused attitude, ensuring timely delivery of  R&D projects with a range of industrial and academic customers. You can work independently, collaboratively, following standard operation procedures as well as health and safety regulations. You apply your skills creatively and flexibly to a range of broader measurement science applications. Your technical expertise should be complemented by excellent communication skills including writing technical reports, scientific papers and delivering oral presentations.

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

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.

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.