Industrial Liaison Scientist - MX

This vacancy is now closed
Job Title Industrial Liaison Scientist - MX
Job Reference DIA1071/TH
Post Type Full time, 1 year Fixed term (Maternity cover)
Division Science
Salary information Circa £34k
Application deadline 20/09/2015

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 seeking a Scientist to join our Industrial Liaison Group to deliver the service offered to industrial users of Diamond in the field of macromolecular crystallography (MX). You will be involved in the optimisation, operation and marketing of the industrial aspects of the MX beamlines. As part of a multi disciplinary team you will be working closely with the MX Group and ideally you should have experience of working in a commercial environment.

Industrial Liaison Scientist – MX - To further develop the mail-in service for industrial users of the MX facilities at Diamond and to manage the delivery of this service within Diamond by liaising with the relevant beamline scientists and other Diamond staff as appropriate.  Additionally, assist the industrial users of the MX beamlines who elect to come to Diamond to collect their own data.

Working with the Industrial Liaison Group and MX beamline team to:

  • Develop the mail-in crystallography service for industrial users of MX;
  • Run the service taking responsibility for sample management, data collection and reporting to the customers;
  • Assist in the commissioning and optimization of the automation of the MX beamlines alongside other beamline scientists and support staff;
  • Assist in the operation of the beamlines for users including carrying out a user support role via the local contact system (specifically for industrial users);
  • Assist in the marketing of the service by making presentations at conferences, participating in company visits etc.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate first degree;
  • Relevant PhD degree or equivalent qualification or demonstrable experience;
  • Experience in macromolecular crystallography and data collection and analysis;
  • Experience in using macromolecular crystallography synchrotron beamlines
  • Experience with Windows/Linux/Unix;
  • Good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills;
  • Ability to interact with staff and facility users at all levels;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Self-motivation.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Experience of working in a commercial environment.

Further Information

  • Ability to work flexibly with occasional weekend and out-of hours working;
  • Must be able to travel occasionally within the UK and abroad, including overnight absences.

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

Other information