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Diagnostics Physicist/Senior Diagnostics Physicist

Diamond Light Source has an opportunity for a Diagnostics Physicist or Senior Diagnostics Physicist to help in the development of state-of-the-art instrumentation to act as “eyes and ears” throughout the accelerator and beamline complex

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 25 Oct 2020
  • United Kingdom | Diamond Light Source Ltd
  • Date posted: 23 Sep 2020
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Optics, lasers & photonics 

About us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron – a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities and talented staff are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research.

About the role

We now have an opportunity for a Diagnostics Physicist or Senior Diagnostics Physicist to join our Diagnostics team in the development of state-of-the-art instrumentation enabling world-class scientific research to take place at Diamond.

The Diagnostics group provides a variety of instrumentation and feedback systems to act as “eyes and ears” throughout the accelerator and beamline complex to characterise the electron and photon beams, thus enabling control and delivery of high-quality beams for the scientific user community.

This role will be responsible for the continued maintenance and improvement of optical and X-ray diagnostic systems that provide a broad range of measurements, including emittance and bunch length, for Diamond; and the research and development for future diagnostics for the Diamond-II accelerator upgrade. You will apply knowledge and do hands-on practical work in the lab and on the accelerator. You will also work closely with other scientists and engineers within Diamond, in addition to conducting research to ensure the ultimate performance of the diagnostics is achieved and to implement new measurements.

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.
  • Collaborating with beamline scientists to support scientific investigations.
  • Co-ordinating relationships with suppliers to procure and deliver services, equipment or expertise.

At the senior level, responsibilities will also include:

  • Project managing the delivery of new diagnostics systems, on time and on budget.
  • Publishing research results.
  • Deputising in meetings for the group leader.
  • Mentoring and leading more junior staff and students.

Successful applicants will be appointed as either a Diagnostics Physicist or Senior Diagnostics Physicist depending on the strength of their skills, experience and qualifications.

Occasional weekend working and flexible hours will be required at key times, along with occasional UK and overseas travel.

About you

Suitable candidates should be qualified to degree level in physics or engineering, or demonstrate significant equivalent experience, with a relevant postgraduate qualification desirable, particularly to be considered at senior level.

You will demonstrate knowledge and experience of experimental techniques and data analysis, and have some familiarity with optical systems. Knowledge of accelerator physics and experience of particle accelerator facilities and/or beam diagnostics will be beneficial.

To be considered at a senior level you will also demonstrate experience of staff leadership and of project management.

All candidates should demonstrate good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills, with the ability to interact effectively with staff and facility users at all levels.


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 that attracts 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.

For more information and to apply, please click the apply button.

The closing date for applications is 25 October 2020, with interviews scheduled for early November 2020.

Location: Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Salary: £33,963 – £39,955/£43,790 – £51,517, dependent upon skills and experience
Post type: full time
Closing Date: 25 October 2020
Ref no: 10428


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