Accelerator Physicist

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Job Title Accelerator Physicist
Job Reference DIA0890/NH
Post Type
Division Technical
Salary information Circa £33,000, dependent on experience
Application deadline 11/12/2013

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 Diamond facility employs three accelerators a 100 MeV linac, a 3 GeV booster synchrotron and a 562 m circumference, low emittance, 3 GeV storage ring. Diamond is now seeking a permanent Accelerator Physicist to work in the Accelerator Physics Group within the Diamond Technical Division.

  • The key duties of the post are as follows:
  • Provide accelerator physics (AP) support for Diamond operations and perform machine characterisation studies during machine development shifts;
  • Carry out theoretical studies to model, understand, and optimise the performance of the Diamond accelerators under all required operating conditions;
  • Contribute to beam dynamics studies in order to better characterise the Diamond storage ring with the aim of improving the machine performance;
  • Contribute to development of high-level software applications for machine operations and code development for accelerator physics studies;
  • Responsible for investigating AP aspects of reported photon beam movements and remedies, liaising with Diagnostics Group and Beamline Scientists as appropriate;
  • Responsible for AP studies and measurements related to girder alignment issues, liaising with the Survey Team, Engineering Group, Diagnostics Group and Beamline Scientists;
  • Contribute to the design of the DDBA (Double-Double Bend Achromat) lattice upgrade for Diamond with numerical studies;
  • Prepare the high level software required for DDBA commissioning and contribute to the commissioning of the DDBA optics;
  • Contribute to AP studies of a possible Diamond-II upgrade;
  • Contribute to any future Linac and Free-Electron Laser (FEL) simulations;
  • Responsible for genetic optimiser software tool development for transfer line, storage ring lattice and FEL optimization studies;

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Qualified to PhD level in an appropriate branch of physics;
  • Experience in Accelerator Physics, including beam dynamics and high level software applications;
  • Practical experience with the operation of accelerators and carrying out independent experimental research;
  • Understanding of orbit correction systems and alignment issues to ensure the best performance of the machine;
  • Practical experience of high performance computing, advanced optimization software and its application to modelling and operation of accelerators;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written;
  • Ability to solve technical problems, evaluating alternative courses of action and innovating where necessary;
  • Self-motivation and a willingness to take responsibility;
  • Ability to work effectively alone and without direct supervision, or as part of a team;

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Experience with simulation and optimisation of ultra low emittance lattices;
  • Knowledge and experience of collective effects;
  • Knowledge and experience of Linacs and FELs;
  • Experience of project management and planning;

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to work flexibly with occasional out-of hours and week-end working during start-up, machine development and commissioning periods;
  • Must be available to travel occasionally within the UK and abroad, including overnight absences;

Further Information

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