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Job Title Data Analysis Scientist
Job Reference DIA1005/CH
Post Type Full time / 3 year, fixed term contract
Division Life Science
Salary information Circa £33k + Benefits
Application deadline 29/03/2015

Job Description

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located on the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire a 20 minute drive south of Oxford in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Diamond Light Source conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science and offers rewarding career opportunities covering both technical and scientific disciplines.

We are looking for a high calibre software scientist to join our dynamic scientific software group to work on visualization and analysis of diffraction and PDF data. The team has the responsibility for the provision of advanced data evaluation, analysis and visualization software applications for both internal and external users of Diamond. These applications exploit the very latest techniques to address the challenging requirements of a broad range of scientific disciplines including macromolecular crystallography through to nanostructures and materials science.

You will operate within the scientific software  group of experienced software scientists and engineers and will work with our beamline scientists to identify and define requirements for data analysis and visualization applications you will ensure that they are implemented in a timely and effective way. Working with our data acquisition team you will help optimize the whole scientific process at a Diamond beamline from data acquisition through to the experimenters leaving with high quality experimental results.

The work will also involve enhancing and supporting the core features of a software data analysis workbench (DAWN) project being worked on in Diamond. DAWN is an Open Source project so there will be opportunities to work with collaborators at other similar facilities worldwide.


  • Working with the beamline scientists and the data acquisition team to identify and define requirements for the data analysis software.
  • Management and, if necessary, implementation of required software including appropriate documentation and project plans.
  • Work closely with acquisition colleagues to enable the integration of analysis software into the data acquisition process where appropriate.
  • Technical appreciation of software techniques and tools to employ.
  • Use scientific and technical knowledge to understand and implement data analysis and mathematical software.
  • Development and use of collaboration across multidisciplinary teams from potentially geographically separated locations.
  • Produce project plans and documentation.
  • Implement appropriate software testing regimes as part of the development process.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Good interpersonal, communication  and presentational skills;
  • Enjoys team work;
  • Self motivated, interested in keeping pace with software testing best practises;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels;
  • Experience of modern programming languages such as Java, C, C++ and Python;
  • Experience or understanding of synchrotron experimentation and data interpretation of diffraction, PDF and/or closely related scientific field;
  • Requires practical experience in a professional, scientific or technical field.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Higher Degree in an appropriate discipline;
  • Ability to supervise or mentor small teams of more junior technical or administrative roles;  
  • Background in using advanced mathematics and software engineering techniques for application development;
  • Experience of data management, describing data and exploiting databases for scientific work;
  • Experience of software development frameworks and applications such as Eclipse;
  • Project management experience.

Further Information

Available to travel occasionally in UK and overseas including overnight absences.

Applying for employment

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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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