Diamond Light Source Ltd

Beamline Support Scientist – Correlative Microscopy

Diamond Light Source Ltd

Didcot, United Kingdom

 Beamline Support Scientist – Correlative Microscopy

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

£26,399 – £35,716dependent upon skills and experience

Full time / Flexible hours considered

1 Year Fixed Term


About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility used for academic and industrial research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.

B24 is the correlative cryo-imaging beamline at Diamond. At B24, as part of our on-going program of technique development, our established X-ray imaging capabilities have been extended through the use of novel super resolution methods and are incorporated within a user-friendly correlative imaging workflow.

This unique combination of methods allows us to record cell ultrastructure and accompanying chemical signatures in 3D to a resolution of a few tens of nanometers. 

The beamline has strong links with developers at other synchrotrons and academic institutes and strives to deliver user-friendly access and effective workflows for correlative imaging (including methods and protocols for sample preparation, data collection and in silico processing and correlation).

About the Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a support scientist in Correlative Microscopy for biological samples at cryogenic temperatures on a 1-year fixed term basis.

You will provide user support on a number of areas including sample preparation as well as data collection, processing and analysis. All relevant training will be provided to complement your existing skill set.

You will work as part of an experienced team of researchers with expertise ranging from sample preparation and sample mapping to data collection, data processing and analysis. You will collaborate with other team members and our users and you will have the opportunity to foster and deliver exciting projects. 

You will play an active role in further commissioning of our existing capabilities and have the opportunity to be influential in consolidating imaging developments in correlative imaging and deliver a robust correlative workflow for sample preparations and data analysis at Diamond and internationally.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a role in the establishment and development of new techniques for cutting-edge biological imaging using both visible light and X-rays.

About You

You will hold an appropriate Science Degree.

You will have practical experience in biomedical research projects within preferably a setting geared towards user support and will be driven by a passion to learn and develop as a scientist.

You will have a good understanding of microscopy principles and methods with knowledge from some of the following areas; X-ray tomography; fluorescence microscopy; super resolution fluorescence imaging; conventional biological imaging; X-ray imaging; electron microscopy/tomography.

You will demonstrate good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills to interact with staff and facility users at all levels.


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

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.

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 22/03/2020.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.