Quantum technologies careers

The quantum revolution is already here. Second generation quantum technologies will affect some of the world’s biggest markets: semiconductors, biotech, oil & gas, mobile comms, construction and computing to name just a few. This revolution has the potential to transform the world and our daily lives, in previously unimaginable ways.

Why join us as a scientist in Quantum?

By joining us, you will work at the forefront of advances in quantum science and engineering – in one of the best equipped quantum facilities in the world. The opening of the new Advanced Quantum Metrology Laboratory (AQML) is a massive development that is transforming our capabilities.

Our projects are at the heart of UK innovation in the field. Our role is to build trust and confidence in new technologies in support of the government’s multi-million investment into the industry. We develop measurement science, including devices and products, and deliver test and evaluation solutions for:

  • chips for trapping and manipulating individual ions
  • single-photon devices
  • single-electron devices
  • quantum materials and sensors
  • superconducting quantum circuits
  • secure quantum communications
  • quantum computers
  • advanced semiconductor and spin systems
  • low-loss electronics
  • algorithms to benchmark quantum computing hardware platforms

Our team has a strong reputation for world-leading science, demonstrated by our regular papers in the most respected journals. You will work side by side with industry experts and have a great opportunity to build a reputation in your field. Some roles can be offered as joint or shared positions with universities, or co-located in UK centres of excellence. We are keen to be flexible and innovative in how we work to maximise your potential. And crucially, we’re ready to provide ongoing development and training in the latest quantum techniques and in support of your pursuit of chartered status. This is a rare opportunity to future-proof your career in the rapidly-evolving quantum field.

We are highly collaborative and work closely with major players across academia and industry. Our work supports and is aligned to all four of the UK’s Quantum Technologies Hubs, in addition we have collaborations and research programmes with cutting-edge partners across the UK and worldwide.

NPL’s work underpins the worldwide system of measurement units, the SI, and supports the realisation and dissemination of the fundamental electrical units of volt, ampere and ohm via quantum effects. In turn, this work supports reliable and accurate measurements of mass, temperature, light, ionising radiation and more.

Quantum Careers
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Engineering in Quantum

NPL also offers careers to engineers across diverse disciplines: electrical, mechanical, cryogenic, optical, systems, software engineering and more. We primarily look for skills in test and evaluation, instrument development and product development.

Our engineering roles involve working closely with our research scientists on complex problems; from graphene characterisation, to developing nano-scale single electron devices which move individual electrons around electrical circuits, to exploiting the success of Josephson-effect devices as quantum standards of voltage to realise a new capability for waveform metrology.

Crucially, we’re ready to upskill you in the latest quantum tech if you have the right aptitude for scientific innovation. We also provide support in gaining chartered status.

The photograph shows our prototype Quantum Hall Resistance standard which we now supply to other NMIs and industry who need to measure precision resistance on site.


What’s the real-world impact?

Secure communication

Satellite navigation

Superconducting electronics

Medical imaging

Graphene exploitation

Redefining SI units

Current opportunities

Early career scientists and graduates
Research scientists – experimental and theoretical
Electronics engineers
Hardware engineers
Optical engineers
Software engineers
Systems engineers

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