Senior Support Scientist

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Job Title Senior Support Scientist, Beamline I05
Job Reference DIA0653/TH
Post Type
Division Science
Salary information Circa £33k
Application deadline 31/10/2011

Job Description

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located at Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, we enable world-leading research across a wide range of scientific disciplines and industrial applications.

Beamline I05-ARPES is presently under construction and is scheduled to have its first user experiment in 2013. It will provide a high-resolution VUV beam (1-2 meV ultimate energy resolution) in the range of 18 – 240 eV, variable polarization and high photon flux from a long undulator. Angle-resolved photoemission from solid samples is performed using a state-of-the-art spectrometer from samples held in ultrahigh vacuum on a six-axis variable temperature goniometer. A second branch of the beamline will allow nano-focussing of the VUV light to less than 100 nm spatial resolution with angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy combined with scanning microscopy.

We are seeking a highly motivated scientist to assist the users with their experiments, maintaining the beamline during operations and developing and testing of new equipment and software. Candidates will have an appropriate degree and experience in the use of scientific instrumentation and data collection.


  • Assist in the procurement, installation, assembly, and maintenance of a range of equipment and systems on the beamline and support laboratories, including testing and commissioning,
  • Local contact support to users by setting up and providing advice and guidance on the best approach to experiments, data analysis and research techniques,
  • Measurement of samples including data analysis and contributing to publications,
  • Undertake problem solving and fault diagnosis of the beamline,
  • Develop and maintain expertise in a scientific field, and apply it to user support,
  • Work closely with other scientific and technical staff to produce designs for  new systems, equipment or processes,
  • Collaborate with users and in house staff research within area of expertise,
  • Contribute to scientific papers from external or in-house research,
  • Produce reports and documentation (e.g. manuals) to support the beamline and laboratories.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate PhD degree and three years relevant experience.
  • Experience in the use of scientific instrumentation;
  • Experience in scientific data collection;
  • Knowledge of synchrotron radiation techniques;
  • Experience in laboratory work;
  • Experience with Windows/ Linux/Unix;
  • Good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills;
  • Ability to interact with staff and facility users at all levels;
  • Ability to work flexibly with occasional weekend and out-of hours working;
  • 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 in programming;
  • Experience in the relevant area of science, eg electron spectroscopy (UPS/XPS) and scanning probe microscopies;
  • Experience in Synchrotron Radiation;
  • Experience in design of ultrahigh vacuum instrumentation.

Further Information

  • Must be available to travel occasionally within the UK and abroad, including overnight absences.

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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