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Empowering Progress: NPL's Vital Role in Advancing Technology through Precision Measurement Standards

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.

At NPL, we are looking for graduates with a real passion for tackling some of the biggest challenges in industry, energy, the environment, and healthcare to join our Science and Engineering groups. You’ll work on cutting-edge projects alongside world-leading experts; to drive discoveries that protect the environment and change society for the better.

If you are searching for a career where you can make a difference now and for years to come, join us.

Why start your career at NPL?

You’ll join as Scientist on our two-year NPL Graduate Programme you will be matched with one of our science and engineering departments, based on your background and interest, and will undertake 2 or 3 rotations across the groups of your department. These rotations will fast track your development through a mix of on-the-job learning, training, and networking and aim to respond to the national challenges of:

  • Prosperity: delivering measurement solutions to maximise innovation and prosperity in advanced manufacturing
  • Security and resilience: managing the risks to our national security and resilience infrastructure
  • Environment: science-led measurement solutions for environment climate action and a sustainable future
  • Health: supporting healthcare, life science and the bio economy

Throughout the two years, you’ll be working alongside industry experts and world leading scientists – ensuring you’re pushing the boundaries to achieve your full potential.

You’ll also be employed on a permanent contract. So, after the graduate programme, you’ll be supported to seamlessly transition into your next role.

What we offer

  • Competitive starting salary
  • Performance related pay review (non-contractual)
  • 27 days annual leave + bank holidays
  • 6 – 12 month tailored placements for the duration of the programme
  • Pension scheme with a minimum 5% employer contribution (9% employer contribution if you decide to contribute 6%)
  • Social and networking events with other graduates on the programme
  • Paid disability leave
  • Access to a wide array of learning and development opportunities
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Interest free loans (Up to £5k for season ticket loans, house purchase deposit and rental deposit)
  • Bike4Work scheme
  • Recognition awards
  • Civil Service Sports and Leisure discounts
  • Free parking on site
  • Located in south west London, our main site in Teddington is one of the most advanced metrology facilities in the world

Work with us

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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