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Job Title Graduate Insertion Device Physicist
Job Reference 0054/16/NH
Post Type Permanent / Full time
Division Technical
Salary information £24,997 - £29,408
Application deadline 03/07/2016

Job Description

The UK’s national synchrotron science facility, Diamond Light Source, conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science. Located 20 minutes from Oxford, it sits in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers rewarding career opportunities.

The aim of the Insertion Devices group is to develop and optimise electro magnetic systems to enhance the X-ray generating power of the Diamond accelerator. The Graduate Insertion Device Physicist is required to help achieve this objective.

Key Accountabilities:

  • To support the physics aspects of the design, construction and operation of permanent and electro magnetic insertion device systems for the Diamond synchrotron by; carrying out magnetic measurements, data analysis, and magnetic field optimisation procedures for actual devices; carrying out computer modelling to optimise magnetic designs; computing synchrotron radiation emission from a variety of devices; develop and maintain software tools as required;
  • To support the development of new magnetic field measuring equipment;
  • To participate in the preparation of procurement specifications for pure permanent magnets and trim coils;
  • To liaise with in-house engineering and scientific staff during the design, specification, construction and installation of new insertion devices;
  • To participate in the design and construction of any other accelerator magnetic systems as required;
  • To write associated documentation for above tasks;
  • Comply with the Diamond Health and Safety procedures and policies.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • First degree in physics or similar or equivalent experience.
  • Good interpersonal, communication  and presentational skills;
  • Self motivated;
  • Inquisitive;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels;
  • Broad general physics knowledge;
  • Familiarity with a modern scripting or object oriented programming language such as Python, C++, or similar;

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Knowledge of the physics of synchrotron light sources;
  • Knowledge of magnetostatics;
  • Familiarity with data analysis packages such as MatLab, Mathematica, or similar;
  • Familiarity with finite element analysis;
  • Experience of data acquisition systems;
  • Willing to work outside normal working hours including occasional evenings, nights and weekends;
  • Willing to undertake occasional travel within the UK and overseas, to visit laboratories and companies, attend meetings and conferences.

Further Information

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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