About the Role

Test and evaluation of systems and devices for superconducting quantum computing is becoming increasingly important for academia and industry. At NPL this has been an active and growing area of research for several years and is carried out in collaboration with a range of UK and international partners.  

We are now seeking a highly motived engineer/physicist to join our team working on superconducting quantum circuits and qubits.

You will be joining a growing team with leading scientists working in the field of quantum information processing with a focus on metrology. You will have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and work in a completely new purpose-built laboratory.   

The role will involve: 
Designing and implementing RF systems for measurements of superconducting quantum systems.  
Writing software (using e.g., Python) to control measurement systems and for signal processing. 
Using advanced cryogenic systems for measurements of superconducting quantum circuits at millikelvin temperatures.
Analysing measurement data using a variety of mathematical & statistical methods
Developing novel metrology for superconducting qubits and quantum processors 
working with- and supporting academic and industrial partners and help meet their measurement challenges.
write reports and contribute to articles for publication in leading scientific journals.

The role will require a good understanding of how to design and characterise RF/microwave systems and work with a wide variety of instrumentation.   Some experience of working with (superconducting) quantum devices and cryogenic systems would be beneficial but is not a requirement.  
You should be interested in working closely with colleagues as well as variety of external partners, with focus on UK industry and academic groups. You will be expected to independently set goals and manage your research projects to deliver on time. 

At NPL you will have the opportunity to engage in a range of projects in quantum engineering/metrology, quantum computing and quantum sensing with ample opportunities to expand your portfolio and develop your own career as a research scientist.  

About You
Skills required
MSc  in electrical engineering, physics or similar 
A good knowledge of electronics and electrical measurement techniques with a focus on RF/microwave measurements and instrumentation.
Experience with designing and evaluating the performance of RF/microwave circuits.
A working knowledge of programming using Python, Matlab or similar.
Strong communication and presentation skills in English, both written and spoken.

Additional beneficial skills
Experience of microwave modelling and finite-element analysis software (e.g. HFSS, COMSOL).
Experience of cryogenics and cryogenic measurement systems
Knowledge of quantum technologies, in particular qubits and quantum computing
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.