Detector Technician

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Job Title Detector Technician
Job Reference DIA0586/TH
Post Type
Division Science
Salary information Circa £25k (dependent upon skills, qualifications and experience)
Application deadline 11/02/2011
Date of interviews 04/03/2011

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. 

  • Assembly, installation and commissioning of diagnostic systems on beamlines and in laboratories;
  • Design of simple digital and analogue interfaces, and develop to optimize performance;
  • Test of commercial analogue preamplifiers and amplifiers and converters;
  • Assembly of detector electronics including rack based systems NIM and VME;
  • Installation of systems including electronic cameras on beamline;
  • General laboratory work including some electrical cabling, building of simple mechanical devices and electronics;
  • Maintaining and upgrading existing beamline detector;
  • Assisting in installation and commissioning of further specialist detector equipment
  • Design of detector interfaces.

The successful candidate will also be expected to be able to use a database to keep track of components and detector status and produce information about breakdown patterns. Some design work for interfacing the systems and detectors to beamline will be required which will involve.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Relevant qualification (HND, HNC) or equivalent work experience;
  • Understanding of electronic and electrical circuits;
  • Ability to understand and interpret electrical drawings, circuit diagrams and basic mechanical drawings;
  • Ability to carry out a variety of light mechanical and electrical assembly tasks, including soldering;
  • Ability to use standard electronic measurement instruments including oscilloscopes and digital volt meters;
  • Significant relevant work experience with proven experience in build, test and commissioning of analogue and digital electronics;
  • Good IT skills - standard MS Office software;
  • Ability to work on own initiative;
  • Good communication skills, verbal and written;
  • Ability to interact with people at all levels in a professional manner.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Supervisory skills (e.g. external contractors);
  • Ability to produce simple drawings using CAD software;
  • Good planning and organising skills;
  • Experience of working with diagnostic systems;
  • Experience of : chilled water, compressed air, domestic water, vacuum and cryogenics;
  • Experience of working at a large science facility, preferably another synchrotron;
  • Recognised apprenticeship in an Engineering discipline;
  • Familiarity with using quality assurance procedures, work planning and safe systems of work;
  • Knowledge of HSE legislation;
  • An appreciation of some methods of detecting X-rays.

Further Information

  • Candidates must be available to work flexibly during commissioning and later operations when there will be periods of intense activity to meet deadlines.
  • Some travel may be required, usually within the UK and with occasional overnight stays.

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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