Director of Physical Sciences

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Job Title Director of Physical Sciences
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Division Physical Sciences
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Application deadline 11/01/2016

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research.  A high brilliance synchrotron light source equipped with state-of-the-art experimental stations designed to enable scientists and engineers to undertake highly innovative research across a wide range of fields, and with a wide variety of potential applications to industrial competitiveness and quality of life. Diamond is an energetic and dynamic organisation employing over 500 people from around the world. In addition over 7,000 researchers use Diamond’s world-class beamlines every year to conduct experiments in a wide range of disciplines.

Diamond is a not-for-profit limited company funded as a joint venture by the UK Government through the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in partnership with the Wellcome Trust. Access to Diamond is free at the point of access for scientists funded by the UK Research Councils or the Wellcome Trust, providing results are published and freely accessible by the academic community, and beamtime is controlled by a peer review panel and allocated on scientific merit. Over the last 3 years we have had an average of approximately 500 peer reviewed papers each year.

We are now seeking a new Director of Physical Sciences. A world-class academic within the physical sciences, the successful candidate will have had significant leadership experience within a complex scientific environment and be confident in engaging with diverse stakeholders in academia, industry and government.
Diamond Light Source are being assisted in this appointment by the Executive Search Firm Perrett Laver. For information on the role please visit

Written applications, including a curriculum vitae and the details of three referees, should be uploaded to quoting reference 2324 for receipt no later than midday (GMT) on Monday 11th January.

The appointment will be made by a selection panel comprising the Chairman of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer and members of the Diamond Board of Directors representing shareholders of the Company.
Applications will normally only be considered by the selection panel if submitted by the closing date. However, if there is a good justified reason the selection panel will consider applications received after the closing date and ensure consistency of their evaluation.