Diamond Light Source Ltd

Beamline Scientist B07

Diamond Light Source Ltd

Didcot, United Kingdom

Full time / Flexible hours considered

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 a Beamline Scientist to work on Diamond’s Beamline B07 within our Physical Sciences division, to collaborate with the Principal Beamline Scientist for the commissioning and operation of the beamline. You will work closely with other scientists and support groups within Diamond to ensure smooth operation of the beamline providing beam time to the scientific user community. 

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Providing operational support for the beamline, including responsibility for the day-to-day safe operation and interacting closely with the users of the facility.
  • Acting as a single point of contact for a proportion of user experiments providing specialist technical/scientific advice.
  • Collaborating on beamline upgrades and development projects, including taking specific responsibility for certain components of the beamline such as the design, manufacture, installation, testing and commissioning phases.
  • Managing the day-to-day coordination of support groups at Diamond to implement beamline upgrade projects, to improve the quality of the beamline, develop solutions for emerging problems, and ensure its smooth operation.
  • Developing your own research in an area relevant to the beamline and disseminating the results.
  • Procurement of beamline components, including writing system specifications, the management of contracts and liaison with suppliers.
  • Managing the development, procurement, testing, installation, and maintenance of bespoke scientific equipment and software to perform novel experiments on the beamline and the peripheral laboratory.
  • Advising on the development of data acquisition, visualisation and analysis software and involvement in commissioning of new software.
  • Give advice to users on proposal submissions and help develop the user community.
  • Actively participating in beamline reviews.

The role will require a flexible approach to work, including occasional weekends and out of hours, as well as and occasional travel, including overnight absences.

About You

You will hold a first degree in a relevant science discipline, along with a postgraduate degree in X-ray spectroscopy, catalysis, or surface science, or demonstrate significant equivalent experience.

You will demonstrate experience in the use of synchrotron-radiation specific instrumentation, with good knowledge in beamline optics and electron/X-ray detectors, and in physics and chemistry. 

You will hold practical experience in:

  • at least one of the following techniques: x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS, NEXAFS);
  • data analysis software including demonstrated experience in developing macros/scripts for specific tasks;
  • full data analysis from collection to dissemination;
  • supporting scientists in the conduct of research.
  • managing medium or long-term projects (scientific, instrument design/upgrade, etc.).

Further knowledge or experience in the following areas is desirable:

  • risk assessment in laboratory environments;
  • developing a research program and successful scientific publication strategy;
  • beamline design and construction;
  • managing a small team. 

You will display excellent interpersonal, communication and presentational skills to work effectively with people from different disciplines.


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to ensure an excellent work/life balance including 25 days’ annual leave, 13 days statutory and company holidays, flexible working hours, an onsite nursery, an excellent pension scheme, and social and sporting activities. 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.

The closing date for applications is January 27th 2020 with interviews scheduled for February 10th and 11th.

Other information

Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements and secondment opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 39 different nationalities. Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (78% men and 22% women as at 5 April 2019). Therefore, in accordance with law and good practice, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women. 

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level One. 

Please apply via recruiter’s website.