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About the Role

Put simply, we set the standards by which everything is measured. In doing so, the National Physical Laboratory is helping to combat issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases and the development of cutting-edge communications technology. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.

You'll plan and deliver a number of technical activities to take our research to the next level. As we're pushing boundaries all the time, we'll expect you to acquire new knowledge to find solutions to advance our research. It's your responsibility to share your learnings so that we all benefit, mentoring those with less experience than you. Equally, if commercial opportunities arise from your work, you'll need to flag these - as this is how new products and services are born. The same can be said for developing partnerships to strengthen our capability. You'll also act as an ambassador for our work externally and be willing to promote what we do. And, as an expert in your field, we'll also seek your technical support for any bids we may be undertaking.

About You

As a Dimensional Metrologist with an engineering-related degree and /or proven relevant experience in this field of measurement, you are an expert in your field and are used to leading, planning and delivering complex measurement projects from conception to fruition .

The NPL North team specialise in the measurement of complex components and assemblies using a range of test equipment predominantly based around Co-Ordinate Metrology. We utilise CMMs from various manufacturers and employing different programming languages including MCosmos, PC-DMIS, Cameo and Calypso - we would expect you to be fluent in at least one of these programming languages and capable of programming as well as running CMMs.

We expect you to have a strong understanding and practical approach to fundamental metrology and to be able to apply this to real life measurement tasks. You will be able to read and interpret engineering drawings and be able to used CAD models to plan and execute measurement tasks. You will also be able to present your measurement results in a clear and concise fashion and be able to explain these to others.

Ideally you will have experience in using a wide range of dimensional measurement equipment and be able to explain their strengths and weaknesses in order to be able to select the appropriate piece of equipment for any measurement task. Preferably your experience will include working in an industrial environment or in a dedicated measurement laboratory and you will be able to demonstrate your level of experience in practical dimensional measurement.

You must be capable of both clear spoken and written English including relevant technical terminology. You must be prepared to travel where required to occasional jobs which may be performed on customer sites, and to stay away from home on occasions.

You will be expected to work within a team of metrologists but also be able to demonstrate your capability to work with minimal or no supervision where needed. You will be able to plan measurement task and execute them according to your plan in a timely fashion.

Beyond that, we're looking for someone who'll thrive in an environment like ours. At NPL we learn from each other, respect each other and work together to do better. For ourselves and for our customers. And whilst we're always looking to stretch beyond what we know, we don't make things more complicated when there's no need.

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 practical.

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 and BAME 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.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we're always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.
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