See what career opportunities look like here at NPL

Would you like to be part of an organisation whose aim is to improve the quality of life for everyone in the UK?

At the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) we recognise that our success comes from attracting energetic and imaginative people, a reflection of our own values. In every area of our business we seek to nurture and respect our people to support each other to grow, succeed and enjoy work. It's about challenging complexity and bringing clarity, and building relationships that make a difference. We are bold and visionary; we believe that anything is possible at NPL.

We believe you are our future, and we have a passion for inspiring the next generation and growing our own talent.

We have now completed our apprentice recruitment for 2016 but will be looking for apprentices to start in September 2017 in the new year, to register your interest please email

If you are a school leaver and have just completed either your GCSEs and/or A-Levels, have a passion for IT, science, engineering, finance or business we have an apprenticeship to suit you. You will continue learning and get paid at the same time, and will develop your skills with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

During the apprenticeship, you will be part of a close-knit professional team working alongside world-leading scientists and other professionals across the lab. We’ll treat you like a grown-up, you will have real responsibility from day one, and will become a valued member of our team.

View available apprenticeships on our main vacancies list

Additional training

We pride ourselves on the additional training we provide our apprentices. Our aim is to improve your confidence from day one; you will learn how to present and communicate effectively, how to manage your time, and how to work as part of a team. We want you to develop your self-awareness and your confidence, and our 2016 cohort will receive Mindfulness training.

What could happen next

There is no guarantee of a job at the end of your apprenticeship but a significant number of our apprentices have graduated and secured permanent roles with us, and some have secured part-funding towards a degree.

What our apprentices say

Read our interviews with current apprentice Becky King and apprentice graduate Kieran Edmonds on life at NPL, and what got them into science.

View available apprenticeships on our main vacancies list


NPL is a Diversity Champion and
proud to be a member of Stonewall

...and keep in mind we're always on the lookout for the right people. We provide a range of opportunities for you to join our mission.

Full Time Positions

Current vacancies

We are always recruiting for talented people

PHD Positions

PhD positions

Become a part of our Postgraduate Institute

Graduate Placements

Graduate placements

We offer paid summer and industrial placements

School Leavers

School leavers

Fantastic apprenticeship and work experience opportunities

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