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. 
Research is at the heart of all we do. In this vital role, you’ll help carry out a variety of technical activities that will help us resolve problems we’ve identified, to achieve positive outcomes. It’s very much a team effort. And whilst there’ll be a number of pre-determined activities, we’ll expect you to be proactive too – spotting commercial opportunities along the way. It’s also important that you strive to deepen your subject matter knowledge, sharing this as you go so that everyone benefits – championing your work and its importance.  All of which you’ll complete on time, within budget and to the highest standards.  

About You
With a science-related background, you’ll ideally have some practical research experience carrying out experiments, documenting results and writing up conclusions.
We are seeking to recruit an Assistant Research Scientist. The role is in the Electromagnetic Measurement area where we carry out a wide range of  services offering access to our world leading electromagnetic national standards capabilities. You’ll be joining NPL’s Fibre Optic and Photonics team, and be involved in calibrating fibre optic devices and cables, with an emphasis on fibre-optic power meters.

We’re looking for someone able to independently solve problems in the lab as they arise, manage their time to work to tight deadlines and have excellent technical communication skills – both written and spoken.  You will be surrounded by enthusiastic scientists who will be able and keen to support you and you will have the opportunity to substantially expand your skill set.  You will have good interpersonal and communication skills as you will be working closely with your colleagues.

You will be involved in delivering measurement services for national and international customers, principally within the Fiber-Optic and Photonics team. This will involve maintaining calibration equipment, analysing measurement data, and maintaining technical records. You will have experience of instrumentation, data recording and good record keeping and a familiarity with established quality and safety systems.

You may not have all these skills but should be prepared to learn.

Skills we are looking for:

  • Previous Laboratory experience
  • Practical aptitude for optics, both free-space and in fibre
  • Able to perform data analysis, and error-checking.
  • Practical experience with oscilloscopes and optical spectrum analysers.

Advantageous but not essential skills include:

  • Able to code for experiment control and data analysis (Labview preferred)
  • Experience with laser use, and laser safety
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.