Detector Engineer

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Job Title Detector Engineer
Job Reference DIA0574/TH
Post Type
Division Science
Salary information Circa £30K
Application deadline 03/12/2010
Date of interviews 14/12/2010

Job Description

Diamond Light Source is a new synchrotron and a leading scientific facility of its type in the world. Located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in South Oxfordshire, we host facilities supporting cutting edge research in all fields of science.

You will join a highly dynamic group working at the cutting edge of detector technology. The availability of a test beamline at Diamond allows the detector group to evaluate the performance of innovating detector technologies and their application to synchrotron X-ray experiments. Close co-operation with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory enables access to other world-class facilities as well as the interaction with world-leading detector developers. You should have a degree in physics or electronic engineering and an understanding of the principals of the interaction of radiation with matter. Experience of synchrotrons, Linux and programming languages is desirable.

The detector group is in charge of the construction, installation, commissioning and operation of the detector systems of the beamlines of Diamond. In order to provide the best detectors to the present and forthcoming beamlines the group is committed to a number of detector evaluation and development projects.


  • Specification and design of the detector systems to be installed in the beam lines under construction;
  • Develop and apply expertise in technologies such as sensors, detector read-out, detector ancillary electronics for new detector design;
  • Work closely with internal & external scientific and engineering staff to produce documentation for the support of the detector systems installed in the beam lines, to produce the calibration and maintenance programmes, to carry out the quality control tests;
  • Fault finding of detector systems installed in the beam lines;
  • Assisting in installation and commissioning of detector systems;
  • Use of software packages such as MatLab and Origin for data analysis to understand the performance of detectors;
  • Draft of the detector system specifications to be submitted to external providers or contractors;
  • Responsibility of small specific projects in the detector development programme of Diamond, which may involve collaboration with scientists from STFC and elsewhere.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Degree in physics or electronic engineering;
  • Understanding of the principles of the interaction of radiation with matter;
  • Experience in radiation detection;
  • Computer literate, Microsoft;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels;
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Self motivated.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Higher degree (e.g. MSc, PhD) in a relevant field;
  • Working experience at synchrotrons;
  • Experience with Linux and a programming language (e.g C++, Java).

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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