Mechanical Beamline Technician

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Job Title Mechanical Beamline Technician
Job Reference 126/17/CH
Post Type Full time / Permanent
Division Life Science
Salary information £25,499 to £29,999 (Discretionary range to £34,499)
Application deadline 21/01/2018

Job Description

At Diamond Light Source, science is technology driven requiring the installation and maintenance of often bespoke complex hardware, positioning samples tens of microns or smaller in size, with micron to sub-micron accuracies both in and out of vacuum and at cryogenic or room temperatures are standard requirements. Your role will, in part, be involved in delivering hardware capable of this and help maintain high levels of reliability for specialist/bespoke equipment to enable users to carry out experiments 24/7.

The main duty of the Mechanical Beamline Technician is to support the scientists and technical support groups associated with the beamline during beamline maintenance, commissioning and operations. You will assemble, test, and maintain scientific instrumentation and work with the beamline scientists and engineers in designing and installing new beamline equipment as part of upgrades. You will also help scientists on the beamline, machining small pieces of equipment such as sample holders using conventional and 3d printing techniques, and integrate ancillary equipment into the experimental areas. You will need to ensure that all beamline and associated laboratory work is carried out in a safe manner, and that the equipment is appropriately integrated and installed.

If you are interested in a role as part of a progressive team of technicians in a high tech environment and appreciate a diverse and challenging role in which you can enhance and develop your current skill base, with an opportunity to be creative, this role is for you.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • ONC or GNVQ level 2 qualification (applicants with equivalent work experience may also be considered);
  • Ability to understand and interpret mechanical drawings;
  • Must have an awareness for workshop tooling and safety considerations;
  • Candidates must be available to work flexibly when there are periods of intense activity to meet deadlines;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Good planning and organising skills;
  • Good communication skills, verbal and written;
  • Ability to interact with people at all levels;
  • Effective team player;
  • You should have proven experience in at least one of the following areas: cryogenics, machining, assembling complex motion systems, specialist gases;
  • Work experience in ultra high vacuum;
  • Good IT skills - standard MS Office software.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Served a recognised technical apprenticeship;
  • Able to produce simple engineering drawings;
  • Ability to manufacture plastic components using 3D printers; 
  • A keen interest in science and a willingness to learn to use, develop and maintain scientific and electronic instrumentation;
  • Experience in chilled water, compressed air;
  • Experience of using cranes and slings, etc. for heavy lifting;
  • Familiarity with using quality assurance procedures, work planning and safe systems of work;
  • Ability to carry out a variety of intricate mechanical and electrical assembly tasks, including soldering;
  • Ability to use standard electronic measurement instruments.

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

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