Senior Diagnostics Physicist / Diagnostics Physicist

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Job Title Diagnostics Physicist / Senior Diagnostics Physicist
Job Reference DIA0875/NH
Post Type
Division Technical
Salary information Circa £32k / £41k depending on level, more in exceptional cases
Application deadline 20/10/2013
Date of interviews 11/11/2013


Job Description

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located at Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, we enable world-leading research across a wide range of scientific disciplines and industrial applications.

Duties include:

  • Work closely with the Accelerator Physics group to ensure ultimate performance and precision of the installed diagnostics is achieved and performance limits are well understood, in particular with regards to small beam sizes and short bunch lengths;
  • Work closely with the Controls group to develop and implement reliable and easy to use operator interfaces to all photon diagnostics;
  • Manage the maintenance and calibration of the associated diagnostics equipment, including visible light extraction, modified beam port absorbers, optical diagnostics cabin and all the associated instrumentation;
  • Collaborate with beamline scientists e.g. to support investigations of beam motion and correlation with observation on machine diagnostics;
  • Provide technical expertise on the optical diagnostics systems including development, operational support and analysis of installed systems;
  • Co-ordinate relationships with suppliers to procure and deliver services, equipment or expertise;

Additional Duties at Diagnostics Physicist Level:

  • Ensure reliable and accurate operation of the visible light and X-ray diagnostics in the Diamond storage ring and injector;
  • Conduct research into methods and techniques to improve existing or implement new measurements;
  • Maintain a current knowledge of other, comparable beamline and accelerator projects. Communicate with physicists/scientists at other facilities to ensure exchange of knowledge;
  • Produce reporting and documentation to support the delivery of systems and provide management information to Group Leaders;

Additional Duties at Senior Diagnostics Physicist Level:

  • Ensure reliable and accurate operation of the visible light and X-ray diagnostics in the Diamond storage ring and injector and at the same time keep it state of the art;
  • Lead research activities into methods and techniques to improve existing or implement new measurements, provide direction for new areas of research;
  • Maintain a current knowledge of other, comparable beamline and accelerator projects. Communicate with physicists/scientists at other facilities to ensure exchange of knowledge. Initiate collaborations on an international level;
  • Contribute to the development of new systems and approaches through identification of possible improvements and structured recommendations to management;
  • Contribute to the success of Diamond as an organisation through conducting structured programmes of research and promoting findings both internally and externally;
  • Negotiate, agree and write system specifications to define the required project outputs;
  • Deliver high quality reporting and professional advice, presenting findings to senior management and guiding future approach;

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • MSc/MPhys in physics, optics or equivalent other degree + relevant experience;
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written;
  • Ability to solve technical problems, evaluating alternative courses of action and innovating where necessary;
  • Demonstrate self-motivation and a willingness to take responsibility;
  • Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team;
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively alone and without direct supervision;
  • Experience in experimental techniques and data analysis;
  • Knowledge and experience in optical design;
  • Be willing to work overtime and at unsociable hours as required;
  • Be willing to travel in the UK and abroad, including occasional periods away from home;
  • Be prepared to undertake further training;
  • Knowledge and experience in beam and/or accelerator physics (Desirable for Diagnostics Physicist Level);
  • Demonstrate an understanding of project planning and management (Desirable for Diagnostics Physicist Level);

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • PhD in physics, optics or equivalent other degree + relevant experience;
  • Knowledge and experience in short pulse measurements;
  • Knowledge and experience in X-ray optics/imaging;

Further Information

Applying for employment

For further details on applying for employment at Diamond, please visit our 'Application Form' page.

Appointments will be made depending on the skills and experience of the candidate. Electronic Diamond application forms in MS-Word are preferred. These should be emailed to recruitment@diamond.ac.uk



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