Instrument Engineer - Teddington
Job Ref: 65556
Closing date: 2nd September 2017
The UKs National Physical Laboratory (NPL) sits at the intersection between scientific discovery and real world application. One of the top three National Measurement Institutes (NMIs) in the world, we now have a regional presence and strategic relationships with Surrey and Strathclyde Universities. Our expertise and original research have benefited UK citizens and the UK economy for over a century.
We are looking for an instrument engineer to be part of our team who develop new bespoke instruments. You should have a degree in a relevant Engineering field, or be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge through industrial experience.
You will become involved in a wide range of projects, as part of a business unit which develops commercial instruments arising from NPL's research and innovation. Past examples of typical instrument projects include: anti-vibration platforms for the European Space Agency, a large antenna range delivered to China, field-deployed environmental monitoring instruments, force calibration machines, and cryogenic radiometers. You will be provided the opportunity for training courses for technical and professional skills.
You will have:
- A valid degree in a relevant Engineering or Physics field (or demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge through industrial experience)
- Proven relevant industrial experience (quality of experience is most important)
- A background and interest in building instruments of novel design, interfacing components with computer control software (i.e. mechatronics)
- Knowledge of the product development process
- A methodical approach to problem-solving and development which produces robust sub-systems which can be reliably integrated within systems
- Experience in programming for instrument control and data acquisition would be advantageous
- Experience in hardware and/or software development using microcontrollers (e.g. Arduino, Raspberry Pi) and FPGAs would be advantageous
- A willingness to travel occasionally on short visits to work with collaborators or help deploy instruments
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team, managing your time according to priorities
- Interest in the scientific application of instruments, e.g. environmental monitoring
Based in a unique, purpose-built research environment, we are located in beautiful surroundings on the edge of Bushy Park, south-west London with a host of onsite facilities. These include a subsidised cr??che, restaurant and free parking.
NPL Management Limited is committed to supporting its people to develop both personally and professionally and is committed to equal opportunities. NPL Management Limited is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter.
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