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Compact Atomic Clocks Scientists/Engineers

National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
Teddington, United Kingdom
Closing date
21 Nov 2021
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About the Role

If you are looking for a research science-based role in Teddington, we have the perfect opportunity for you. NPL is looking for a full-time Higher Research Engineer in Teddington, and the role comes with an attractive salary and benefits package. You'll be joining an exceptional team of experts and use this Research Engineer position to take NPL's state-of-the-art research in compact atomic clocks to the next level. Your work will have a real impact on our business and the UK as a whole.

As an engineer at NPL, you will be:

●Sharing your expertise and knowledge so that we all benefit, mentoring those with less experience than you

●Developing partnerships to further NPL's capability – as an expert in your field, we'll seek your technical support for bids

●Enabling commercial opportunities by helping to develop new products and services

●Acting as an ambassador for NPL's work externally and promoting what we do

About You

If you have a background in science and research, this could be the perfect opportunity for you. NPL is seeking talented Scientists/Engineers to join our vibrant team that is establishing and growing the UK’s compact atomic clocks industry. This full-time role is based in Teddington.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of our collaborative and highly skilled Atomic Clocks and Sensors (ACS) group seeking to train and develop truly passionate scientists and engineers. As part of this team, you will help develop state-of-the-art atomic clock systems and subsystem prototypes at NPL that are fit for production and commercialisation.

Requirements of this laboratory role include:

●Highly ambitious and eager to learn about compact atomic clock systems

●Good understanding of one or more of the following: electronics design, laser physics, atomic physics, embedded software programming, systems engineering.

●A demonstrative drive to expand capabilities, services and products through an instinctive commercial awareness

●Effective written and verbal communication skills

To succeed in this role, it is also desirable that you be educated to a PhD level in engineering/physics or a related subject. In addition, experience in the atomic clocks industry and/or knowledge of the various types of commercial atomic clocks and their applications is also advantageous.

If this Commercial Miniature Atomic Clocks Scientist/Engineer job in Teddington sounds like a challenge you are keen to embrace, please apply today.

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 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.


NPL is a unique organisation that sits at the intersection between scientific research and real world applications. We foster a collaborative culture and work to deliver the best science and technology available.

NPL's reputation relies on the great people and exceptional scientists who work for us. The scientists here are experts in their fields and the support staff are committed to maximising the impact of our science.

Why work at NPL? World-class centre of excellence Ranked in the top three measurement institutions in the world, NPL maintains the UK's primary measurement standards and contributes to international standards such as the world time system.

Be a part of history
NPL has a long history of scientific excellence in fields such as ship design, aircraft development, radar, computing, communications, electronic networking and global positioning.

Develop emerging technologies
Work to develop and support technologies that make use of scientific advances in biotechnology, new materials and quantum physics.

Solve industrial challenges
Collaborate with some of the biggest names in industry, solving problems vital to improving quality of life, trade competitiveness and environmental protection.


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