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Creating impact from science and engineering

Our world-leading measurement solutions are critical to business and government, accelerating research and innovation, improving quality of life and enabling trade. We ensure our cutting-edge measurement science has a positive impact in the real world.

 

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Find out how NPL is improving life for everyone

Excellent science

As the UK's National Measurement Institute, NPL develops and maintains the national primary measurement standards. From new antibiotics to tackle resistance and more effective cancer treatments to unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G, technological advances must be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. 

For over a century, we have worked with customers to translate scientific expertise into economic prosperity, skilled employment and improved quality of life. 

 

National challenges

Using our expertise to help you make a difference to some of the biggest challenges in industry, energy, environment and healthcare.

National challenges

Impartial and independent

We help save lives, protect the environment and enable citizens to feel safe and secure, as well as supporting international trade and commercial innovation.

As a national laboratory, our advice is always impartial and independent, meaning consumers, investors, policymakers and entrepreneurs can always rely on the work we do.

 

National Timing Centre

The UK’s first nationally distributed time infrastructure – providing the basis for resilient time distribution across the country.

NTC

Train through our e-learning courses

Convenient, flexible training at all levels.

E-learning

London Live

From air quality and cancer treatment to robots and driver-less cars, the technology is exciting, dynamic and fascinating.  London Live visited NPL to see some of our activities and understand how important measurement is.

London Live

Be part of something amazing

We recruit energetic and imaginative people who share our values and want to work in an atmosphere of support and collaboration.

Careers

  • Annual review 2018-19
    Annual review 2018-19 23 December 2019 Find out more about how NPL is working with companies and addressing the UK’s national challenges, as well as some of the key highlights from our research over the last year, and how we are delivering extraordinary impact from excellent science and engineering.
  • Quantum Advent Calendar
    Quantum Advent Calendar 23 December 2019 In celebration of Christmas 2019, NPL has embraced the Christmas spirit by participating in the OPENQKD Advent Calendar.
  • A4I Success
    A4I Success 19 December 2019 Fantastic Year for Analysis for Innovators Programme delivering Impact for Businesses
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  • Hydrogen Purification Workshop

    30 Jan

    The Hydrogen Purification Workshop will disseminate the outputs of the project, and provide the opportunity for key players in hydrogen purification to discuss the feasibility for using their products and services for this purpose.

  • SIG: Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

    4 Feb

    This Special Interest Group (SIG) has been created to offer open discussion between engineers and metrologists about GD&T interpretation.
     

  • PhenomUK 2nd Annual Meeting

    11 Feb

We're looking for fantastic, talented people like you, to join us in a number of science and business roles, to help us deliver our world-leading science, technology and engineering, and make a real impact in the UK.

Current vacancies

We're looking for fantastic, talented people like you, to join us in a number of science and business roles, to help us deliver our world-leading science, technology and engineering, and make a real impact in the UK.

Current vacancies

Case study

Simulating radiation therapy using virtual reality to create a safe environment for training clinicians

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Case study

Combining complex data sets to improve our understanding of dental wear

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Case study

Developing standardised MRI phantoms to aid quantitative image comparison clinical trials

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Case study

Improving confidence in pre-clinical evaluation of new intra-operative cancer detection technologies

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Strategic partners

We have a partnering agreement with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the University of Strathclyde and University of Surrey. This strategic partnership is enabling us to work more closely with the academic community and is the basis of our Postgraduate Institute, which is creating the next generation of world-class measurement scientists.

Strategic partners

Work with us

Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
Contact our Customer Services team on +44 20 8943 7070