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. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.

We are looking for an experimental physicist or engineer with experience in lasers, photonics, and instrumentation, ideally in the field of laser-cooled atomic systems, to join our microtraps team. As a specialist in your field, you will contribute to the development of quantum devices that will revolutionise computing and metrology in the 21st century. We’ll be looking to you stretch our capability and take our research to the next level.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Setting up and running experiments to demonstrate and enhance the performance of microtrap based systems
  • Modelling systems to inform future development possibilities
  • Developing test and evaluation capability to support UK industry needs
  • Working with colleagues and external collaborators to develop commercial opportunities
  • Represent NPL and promote our work, raise our profile and position our world-leading capability.
About You

We are looking for a motivated individual who displays initiative and excellent problem solving skills. The successful applicant will be capable of working independently, managing their own workload and setting priorities, within a wider scientific project team.

Essential attributes

  • PhD in experimental physics or related engineering research (or an equivalent level of technical experience).
  • Excellent problem-solver, with record of achievement in a R&D environment.
  • Experimental experience in laser-cooled atomic systems.
  • Skilled in the range of photonic components and electronic instrumentation used for control of these systems.
  • Track record of conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications.
Desirable attributes
  • Knowledge and understanding of atomic quantum technologies
  • Experience with the operation of related chip-scale devices.
  • Skilled in developing software for instrumentation control and data analysis.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary project team, and as collaborator to academic & industrial partners

Ability to work in an interdisciplinary project team, and as collaborator to academic & industrial partners. With a science-related degree, you are an expert in your field and are used to leading, planning and delivering complex research projects from conception to fruition. 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.


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.