Beamline Scientist / Senior Beamline Scientist

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Job Title Beamline Scientist / Senior Beamline Scientist, BLI21 IXS
Job Reference DIA0795/TH
Post Type
Division Science
Salary information Circa £33k and Circa £42k for appointment at the senior level
Application deadline 09/12/2012

Job Description

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

Diamond is currently constructing a Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering beamline, consisting of a soft X-ray RIXS facility, and an upgrade for a hard x-ray RIXS branch-line is under consideration. The soft x-ray RIXS facility consist a large spectrometer in a dedicated external building, optimised for studies of condensed matter physics including novel magnetic materials and strongly-correlated electron systems. We require a Beamline Scientist/Senior Beamline Scientist, to support the Principal Beamline Scientist in the design, construction, installation, commissioning and operation of the beamline. You will have strong experience in synchrotron research especially on x-ray scattering techniques. Building on your own research , managing and communicating with staff at different levels.

To support the Principal Beamline Scientist in the design, construction, installation, commissioning and operation of the beamline.

Working in support of the Principal Beamline Scientist in the following areas:

  • Installation, assembly, and maintenance of a range of equipment and systems on the beamline and support laboratories, including testing and commissioning;
  • Procurement of straightforward beamline components;
  • Liaise with the suppliers of the beamline components;
  • Local contact support to users by setting up and providing advice and guidance on the best approach to experiments, data analysis and research techniques once beamline operational;
  • Carry out own research in an area relevant to the beamline and disseminate through publications and presentations;
  • Assist in the development of a new item of equipment or system on the beamline, including testing and commissioning.

Additional duties for appointment at the senior level:

  • To lead the design, procurement, testing, installation and commissioning of particular significant items for the beamline or instrumentation which would enhance or improve its capability;
  • Procurement of significant beamline components;
  • Develop own research/technical expertise to become internationally recognised through publications and presentations for own work in an area relevant to beamline;
  • Enhance the operation of the facility by collaboration and dissemination of specialist knowledge with the other Diamond staff and users.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate first degree or equivalent qualification;
  • Second degree in appropriate subject;
  • Relevant synchrotron research experience;
  • Experience of resonant X-ray scattering measurement using synchrotrons;
  • Knowledge of beamline instrumentation;
  • Experience in one or more of the following area: X-ray spectroscopies,resonant inelastic (elastic) X-ray scattering on correlated or functional materials.
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Excellent observational skills;
  • Good interpersonal, communication  and presentational skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels;
  • Self motivated;
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Must be available to travel occasionally in UK and overseas including overnight absences.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Programming skills in Python and Java;
  • Experience of beamline design, construction and comissioning;

Additional requirements, Essential for appointment at the senior level:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop a research program and successful scientific publication record;
  • Significant experience of beamline design, construction and comissioning; 
  • Experience of managing a beamline for users;
  • Project management experience; 
  • Ability to manage a small team.

Further Information

  • Must be available to travel occasionally in UK and overseas including overnight absences.

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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