Head of Storage Ring RF Group

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Job Title Head of Storage Ring Radio Frequency Group
Job Reference DIA0806/SB
Post Type
Division Technical
Salary information Circa £55k
Application deadline 15/02/2013

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.

Diamond’s source of synchrotron light is a third-generation, low emittance 3 GeV storage ring. The 500 MHz Radiofrequency (RF) system for the storage ring consists of three 300 kW IOT-based transmitters, two installed and one spare 2.2 MV superconducting cavities supplied by a dedicated liquid helium refrigerator, as well as a RF Test Facility for cavity tests and development.

As Head of Storage Ring RF Group you will manage and develop the associated RF systems and staff. Reporting to the Technical Director, the duties of the post include the following:

  • Responsible for the operation and future development of radiofrequency systems for the Diamond storage ring, including the associated cryoplant.
  • Manage the fault analysis and improvement programmes to achieve continuous improvement in operational reliability.
  • Responsible for safety aspects related to the operation of the Storage Ring RF Systems, including the RF Test Facility.
  • Act as Radiation Protection Supervisor for the above systems.
  • Provide support and assistance to other groups responsible for the Linac and booster radiofrequency systems.
  • Provide training, documentation and support to the Operating Team in the use of the storage ring RF equipment.
  • Contribute to accelerator physics studies of the Diamond accelerators, with particular emphasis on RF related effects.
  • Keep up to date with world-wide developments in RF technology in areas relevant to Diamond; propose and carry out relevant development projects and promote collaborations with other laboratories as appropriate, in order to maintain Diamond’s performance as state-of-the-art. 
  • Manage the Storage Ring RF Group to carry out the above activities.
  • Manage the associated budgets, project management and planning aspects.
  • Comply with, and where appropriate contribute to the development of, Diamond Health and Safety procedures and policies.
  • Conform with all other generic duties of a Group Leader, as listed in the Working Guidelines for Technical Division Group Leaders.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate physics/engineering degree or equivalent qualification;
  • Significant experience backed by a theoretical understanding of high and low power RF systems, including as many as possible of: Low-level RF systems, high power RF sources and HV power supplies, RF cavities, superconducting RF systems and liquid helium cryogenic plant
  • Ability to lead a group, and encourage teamwork within the Technical Division;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels;
  • Self motivated and ability to motivate others;
  • Must be willing to work outside normal working hours, including occasional evenings, nights and week-ends as operational needs dictate;
  • Must be willing to travel within the UK and overseas, to visit laboratories and companies, attend meetings and conferences etc.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Experience of line management and of running a team;
  • Practical experience and theoretical understanding of synchrotron RF systems;
  • Knowledge of the state-of-the-art and future trends in synchrotron light source RF systems worldwide.

Further Information

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Professor Richard Walker on 01235 778484.

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 recruitment@diamond.ac.uk

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