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Job Title Optics Scientist
Job Reference DIA0805/CB
Post Type
Division Science
Salary information Circa £32k
Application deadline 17/02/2013

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.

The Optics and Metrology Group at Diamond provides expert support to the beamline scientists in the design, acceptance and optimisation of beamline optics, and the development of specialised optical systems.

We wish to appoint an Optics Scientist to join our well-established Optics and Metrology Group and to work on diverse areas of X-ray optics. In particular, the successful candidate will work on the optics of soft X-ray beamlines. This would involve optical design, specifications, procurement and testing of optics for such beamlines. There would be opportunity to participate in X-ray optics related research and development projects, and to pursue own research projects in that area.

Key Duties:

• Provide professional support in the optical design and commissioning of beamlines, especially in the soft X-ray regime, working in close collaboration with beamline scientists;
• Support beamline scientists in specifying, procuring and testing of beamline optics;
• Simulating and modelling beamlines using ray tracing software;
• Develop and test software codes for simulating beamline optics;
• Design and test x-ray optical elements for beamlines;
• Support setting up and operation of peripheral laboratories allocated for optics support;
• Undertake research in the field of X-ray optics;
• Publish work in peer-reviewed journals

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • PhD in physics, material science, applied optics or related disciplines; or equivalent qualification or experience;
  • Experience or knowledge of synchrotrons; 
  • Experience in one or more of the following : soft x-ray beamline design, beamline instrumentation, synchrotron optics;
  • Good theoretical understanding of Optics, in particular soft X-ray optics;
  • Experience with Windows / Linux / Unix;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Good interpersonal, communication  and presentational skills;
  • Good organisational and planning skills;
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels;
  • Self motivation

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

Qualifications and Experience: Desirable

• Experience with using optics ray tracing program, such as Shadow, RAY or Zemax;
• Experience in optics, instrumentation and research in the soft X-ray regime;
• Experience in synchrotron radiation experiments;
• Experience of programming


Further Information

Must be available to travel occasionally within the UK and abroad, 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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