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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.

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.

 

Online learning for real world measurement skills

Working and learning can run in parallel and give extraordinary personal and business impact.

E-learning

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

A4I: Latest funding opportunity opens 29 July

Gain access to world-leading experts and cutting-edge facilities, techniques and technologies to solve an existing analysis or measurement problem facing your business

Analysis for innovators

  • New paradigm launched for antibiotic discovery and production
    New paradigm launched for antibiotic discovery and production 08 August 2017 Scientists from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), biotechnology company Ingenza and Plymouth University have joined efforts to develop a discovery and production platform for a new family of antibiotics
  • Welcome to the interregnum
    Welcome to the interregnum 08 August 2017 As of 1 July 2017, the worldwide effort to redefine the International System of measurement units in terms of fundamental constants has entered a new phase. Michael de Podesta, temperature scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), explains all on his Protons for Breakfast blog
  • Encoding smart antibiotics
    Encoding smart antibiotics 03 August 2017 A method for designing antibiotics based on random binary encoding, developed by a team led by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), could open up new opportunities in drug discovery
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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

Supporting new routes for therapeutic drug delivery using super-resolution microscopy

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Case study

Supporting Hyde Aero products to gain Nadcap accreditation

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Case study

Enabling the injection of biomethane into the gas grid

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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

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Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
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