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.


An opportunity has arisen to join our microtraps team, and in doing so contribute to the development of quantum devices that will revolutionise computing in the 21st century. We are looking for a physicist or engineer with a track record in MEMS design and fabrication who can bring leading-edge knowledge, techniques and technology to the group. As a specialist in your field, we’ll be looking to you stretch our capability and take our research to the next level.


Your responsibilities will include:


  • Design and fabrication of revolutionary microtrap devices
  • Development of fabrication techniques to support scale up processes
  • 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

You are recognised as a specialist and leader in your field. No doubt this is supported by a strong scientific background, and a long list of successful research projects. If you’re published, even better . 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.

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 engineering or physics research (or an equivalent level of technical experience).
  • Experience of MEMS device design
  • Experience of bulk micromachining and fabrication processes with multiple stages of lithography, gained through working in a cleanroom environment.
  • Ability to establish and develop new cleanroom processes.
  • Experience of using software packages (eg Matlab, Comsol, Labview) to develop device simulation models, as well as device test & measurement routines.
  • Ability to present work at national and international conferences, technical meetings, and in peer-reviewed journals.

Desirable attributes:

  • Knowledge of optics, micro-optical components and optical interfaces.
  • Cross discipline working to identify potential process and device improvements
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary project team, and as collaborator to academic & industrial partners
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.