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  Miss Tanya Lemesova  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

About the Role

NPL is the UK’s National Metrology Institute. Our role is to research, create and deliver the measurement infrastructure which underpins the UK’s prosperity and quality of life across many fields of industry. We are looking for a Higher Research Scientist to join our team to run the projects for development of quantum sensors for quantum measurement and fundamental physics. This full-time role comes with a generous salary and benefits package.

The Quantum sensors team within NPL’s Quantum Materials and Sensors Group carries out world-leading measurement science research for development of the quantum sensors based on superconductivity and microwave technology for quantum measurement and fundamental research. 

As a Higher Research Scientist, you'll be expected to acquire new knowledge to find solutions to advance our research. Also, if commercial opportunities arise from your work, you'll need to flag these – as this is how new products and services are born. At NPL, we learn from each other, respect each other, and work together to do better for ourselves and our customers.

Your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Sharing your learnings so that we all benefit and mentoring those with less experience than you
  • Developing partnerships to strengthen our capability
  • Acting as an ambassador for our work externally and being willing to promote what we do
  • Providing technical support for any bids, we may be undertaking

We are now working in a hybrid way, with a mix of remote and office working. We strive to offer a great work life balance - if you are looking for part time or flexible options, we will try to make this work where business possible. This will be dependent on the kind of role you do and part of the business you work in.

About You

As a Higher Research Scientist within the Quantum Sensors team, you will be responsible for running the day to day projects including the design, development, implementation and measurement of the quantum sensors based on superconducting materials. The role offers the opportunity to work in a large collaboration with external organisations. To be successful in this role, you will be self-motivated and creative researcher, confident in speaking to external stakeholders and passionate about your research.

Skills and capabilities we’re looking for are:


  • A PhD in a relevant areas in physics and engineering 
  • Experimental experience in the cryogenic measurements
  • Device modelling and clean room fabrication skills
  • Microwave design and measurement experience


  • Experimental experience in the cryogenic measurements down to mK regime
  • Experience in superconducting electronics such as Josephson junctions and qubit would be an advantage
  • Mask layout design skill
  • Clean room fabrication using EBL/FIB skills
  • Labview and Python programming
  • COMSOL, HFSS modelling  

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 possible.

If you are applying for this position and you have been displaced by the Ukrainian crisis, please apply and email [Email Address Removed] or text 07976873073 highlighting you are applying under the "We support Ukraine" initiative - Ukraine employment support - NPL

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, black, Asian and minority ethnic 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.

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