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Search for opportunities as well as find out what it's like to work at the UK's National Measurement Institute and help us deliver science with impact.

Summer, Industrial and PhD opportunities

Providing students with an eye-opening experience into NPL

NPL Academy

Providing GCSE and A Level students with a real taster of work

NPL Apprenticeships

If you are 16 or over, this is your chance to gain new skills in the workplace

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.


A career at NPL is rewarding and challenging. Based in a unique research environment, we offer state-of-the-art laboratories, and competitive salaries.

Excellent benefits include:

  • 27 days holiday
  • stakeholder pension
  • life insurance
  • on-site crèche
  • on-site restaurant
  • childcare vouchers
  • sports and social club
  • bike to hire scheme

Two Ticks disability symbolWe're committed to employing disabled people and have been approved to use the Two Ticks disability symbol.

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The 5% Club logoWe are a proud member of The 5% Club, a campaign focused on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the UK workforce. By joining the club, we have committed to the aim of ensuring that 5% of our UK workforce are apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on structured programmes within the next five years.

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Stonewall Diversity Champion logoNPL is a member of Stonewall: The programme is Britain's leading good practice employers' forum on sexual orientation.

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IOP logoNPL has joined up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno initiative for addressing gender equality in the workplace - the first body outside the university sector to do so since the initiative began in 2007.

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