Research Engineer

Teddington (City/Town), London (Greater)
Competitive + Benefits
28 Jun 2019
28 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Put simply, we set the standards by which everything is measured. In doing so, the National Physical Laboratory is helping to combat issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases and the development of cutting-edge communications technology. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.
Research sits at the very core of our business. This is your chance to make an impact to our ground-breaking work as you apply your established knowledge and solutions to a range of technical activities. As we’re always looking to stretch our capabilities, we’ll look to you to spot potential commercial opportunities and to help raise our profile as and when you can. We work as a team here, so any learnings you do make, we’ll expect you to share to support in our continued development (you might also turn your hand to mentoring more junior members too). Naturally, you’ll keep your technical knowledge up-to-speed with the latest advances and take responsibility for completing your work to the highest standards, on time and within budget.

The Engineering Department undertakes cutting-edge measurement research to help industry grow, enhance competitiveness and increase productivity. Our research is aimed at developing new, improved and validated measurement and instrument technology. This improves understanding and reliability of the measurement techniques used by industry and academia. These in turn help industry to understand their products and use of materials and processes to increase their output and reduce costs and waste. 

We are looking for a number of practically oriented scientists and/or engineers to join growing, dynamic and highly motivated teams. We have a number of vacancies in the Materials Characterisation, Testing, the Dimensional Metrology and Temperature groups.

The particular areas of interest are:

  • surface texture measurements with a focus on the dimensional inspection of engineered surfaces
  • mechanical and thermal characterisation of materials and products
  • measurement of composite processing parameters
  • ·non-destructive test methods across the length scales
  • Thermal imaging for non-contact temperature measurement

The successful candidates will be working to NPL’s rigorous Quality Management System and H&S procedures to deliver government funded research projects alongside commercial R&D contracts.

About You

The successful candidates will have a first degree in physics, optics, materials science or a related engineering discipline, will be a self-motivated team player with a track record of practical, technical problem solving. Experience in metrology is not required (although desirable). An appetite to support the broader team in a wider spectrum of testing and research is essential. The ideal candidate will have experience in some of the following:

  • Scientific instrument development
  • Relevant industrial experience
  • Data analysis/Mathematical modelling
  • Software development (e.g. LabVIEW, MATLAB, SolidWorks)
  • Knowledge of quality standards (e.g. ISO9001, ISO17025)
  • Understanding sources of uncertainty in the measurement of material properties
  • Practical laboratory experience

Candidates with relevant post graduate / PhD’s will also be considered.

The role will be based in Teddington, with occasional travelling to conferences and workshops.

Candidates are expected to:
• work well as part of an established team, yet be able to work independently,
• be creative and innovative, yet pragmatic in terms of problem solving,
• have good theoretical knowledge in their field and the ability to apply it to practical situations,
• be flexible and adaptable and willing to contribute to a range of projects as required by the business,
• strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to adapt communication to the target audience,
• have a track record of delivering high quality output on schedule,
• evidence of strategic thinking in developing research goals

About The Company

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 benefits. NPL’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.

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