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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 Senior Research Scientist to join our Quantum Materials and Sensors Group to provide technical leadership for ongoing research/ commercial work and help to win new business opportunities that strategically align to our team’s goals.

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

As a Senior Research Scientist, you will be joining a growing team of leading scientists working in solid state sensors. You will have access to state-of-the-art cryogenics and measurement instrumentation in this flexible science-based role and be working in a new purpose-built laboratory.

If you were already working for us in this Research Scientist role, here are some of the things you would have done last week:

  • Led cutting-edge research, recognising aspects that could be commercially viable
  • Represented NPL as needed to promote our work and raise our profile
  • Crafted winning bids, in line with NPL’s growth strategy
  • Worked inclusively and collaboratively to develop partnership opportunities

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 Senior Research Scientist within the Quantum Sensors team, you will be responsible for providing technical leadership for a small team of research scientists, working closely with the team’s Principal Research Scientist and other internal groups at NPL. 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.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and capabilities:


  • A PhD in a relevant area plus at least 3 years post-doctoral experience in a relevant scientific environment.
  • Experimental experience in the cryogenic measurements
  • Devices modelling and clean room fabrication skills
  • Microwave design and measurement Experience
  • Demonstrable experience of planning and leading a small team to deliver research activities including risk assessment
  • Project delivery as technical lead, ensuring delivery on time, to budget and quality with the support of the team
  • Ability to formulate and propose new research topics (having demonstrable capability to write successful project proposals and create novel technical solutions for new industry problems)


  • 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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