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Accelerator Physicist/Senior Accelerator Physicist

Diamond Light Source is looking to recruit an Accelerator Physicist/Senior Accelerator Physicist

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 10 Jan 2021
  • United Kingdom | Diamond Light Source Ltd
  • Date posted: 07 Dec 2020
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Computational science & software engineering 

Accelerator Physicist/Senior Accelerator Physicist
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire/Some home working available
Salary £33,963 – £39,955 or £43,790 – £51,517 per annum for the Senior level
Full time/flexible hours considered
Ref: 10474 

About us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.

About the role

We now have an opportunity for an Accelerator Physicist or Senior Accelerator Physicist to join the Diamond Accelerator Physics Group.

The Accelerator Physics (AP) Group is responsible for all AP-related activities and operations at Diamond, including conducting both near and long-term research and development to keep performance at the forefront of accelerators worldwide. The team is currently heavily involved with the Diamond-II upgrade project, in which the storage ring will be replaced with a high-brightness multi-bend achromat structure. This upgrade will enable x-rays to be generated with unprecedented levels of brilliance, transverse coherence and reduced spatial dimensions, allowing significant advances to be made across a broad range of scientific fields.

The duties of this role include conducting theoretical, numerical and experimental studies of the existing Diamond accelerators in order to understand and improve the performance. A key part of this will be to develop new methods for controlling and optimising the linear and nonlinear beam dynamics both in simulation and on the machine. In addition, you will contribute to the design and optimisation of the Diamond-II electron storage ring upgrade. A central part of this will be to develop high-level software tools and techniques for commissioning and operation of the accelerator upgrades.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining a current knowledge of other comparable projects and communicating with scientists at other international facilities and conferences to ensure exchange of knowledge.
  • Developing skills and experience in all areas of accelerator physics.
  • Publishing research results in journals and conference proceedings.
  • Delivering high-quality internal reporting and professional advice.

At the senior level, responsibilities will also include:

  • Providing professional leadership and guiding future approach.
  • Building collaborations inside and outside of Diamond.
  • Mentoring and leading more junior staff and students.

Successful applicants will be appointed as either an Accelerator Physicist or Senior Accelerator Physicist depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

Occasional UK and overseas travel will be required including overnight absences. You will also be required to work flexibly on occasions, including some out of hours working in support of accelerator operation and development.

About you

Suitable candidates will hold a MSc/MPhys in an appropriate branch of physics, with an appropriate PhD desirable for the senior level.

You will demonstrate knowledge and experience in accelerator physics, especially in linear and nonlinear beam dynamics.

Knowledge or experience in the following areas in also desirable, particularly for consideration at the senior level:

  • Lattice design and optimisation using a range of accelerator modelling codes.
  • Accelerator physics studies on operating particle accelerators.
  • Running large scale numerical simulations and multi-objective optimisations.
  • MATLAB, Python and the LINUX environment.

You will demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills to liaise with a range of colleagues and stakeholders.


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

To apply

Applicants are required to outline their suitability for this role via the online application process. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Diamond is a thriving international organisation, attracting a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world. Our staff currently comprises 39 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us.

The initial closing date will be 10 January 2021, however, applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis.


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