DIA0486/SB - Electrical/Mechanical (Beamline) Technicians

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Job Title Electrical/Mechanical (Beamline) Technicians
Job Reference DIA0486/SB
Post Type
Division Science
Salary information Circa £25k (dependant on skills, qualifications and previous experience).
Application deadline 06/03/2009
Date of interviews //

Job Description

Diamond Light Source is a new synchrotron and a leading scientific facility of its type in the world. Located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in South Oxfordshire, we host research facilities supporting cutting edge research in all fields of science.


To support the Diamond scientists during the installation and commissioning of the beamlines. Once the beamlines are in use the technicians will maintain the equipment and work with the beamline scientists in designing and installing new beamline components and helping users to carry out experiments.

During installation and commissioning


Installation and commissioning support for specialist beamline equipment

  • This will include working on all electrical aspects of the beamline including racks and field equipment. It will also include installation of motors and electrical sensors for items such as vacuum, pneumatics, water flow and temperature monitoring;
  • Undertaking the testing, fault finding and calibration of above systems;
  • Safety inspections on electrical systems;
  • Undertaking the testing, fault finding and calibration of modules;
  • Safety inspections on electrical systems.

General laboratory work including some electrical cabling, design and build of simple electronic devices.


Installation and commissioning of specialist beamline equipment including:

  • Optical components such as monochromators, mirrors, gratings;
  • Detectors; * Diffractometer/ goniometer (sample orientation equipment);
  • Experimental chambers that provide high/ low temperature and or high/low pressure or high magnetic field environments for sample testing;
  • Robotic/ automated sample handling equipment;
  • Vacuum equipment including pumps, gauges, controllers etc;

General laboratory work, including designing and building simple mechanical devices.

During operation

  • Maintaining and upgrading existing beamline equipment;
  • Assisting in installation and commissioning of further specialist beamline equipment;
  • Assisting users.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

The successful candidates are required to have at least 2 years experience in a technical environment in either university or industry and have the following skills and experience:

Electrical Technician

  • ONC or Electrical or Electronic City & Guilds or GNVQ level 2 qualification with specific relevant experience of rack test & assembly and or electrical wiring regulations (applicants with equivalent work experience may also be considered);
  • Relevant work experience in an electronics/instrumentation support role with industrial or scientific control systems;
  • Basic knowledge of electrical and electronic circuit theory and practice;
  • Experience in testing, fault finding and calibration of electrical systems;
  • Good understanding of electrical safety practices for LV & HV low power circuits and devices;
  • Ability to understand and work with electrical and mechanical drawings and circuit diagrams;
  • Ability to carry out a variety of light mechanical and electrical assembly tasks, including soldering, crimping, cable assembly and rack wiring;
  • Ability to use standard electronic measurement instruments including oscilloscopes and multimeters.

Mechanical Technician

  • ONC or GNVQ level 2;
  • Proven technical work experience in at least one of the following areas: cryogenics, high temperatures, magnetic fields and/or high pressures, ultra high vacuum specialist gases, cooling water;
  • Ability to understand and interpret mechanical drawings;
  • Ability to carry out a variety of light mechanical and electrical assembly tasks, including soldering.

Both Positions

  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Good communication skills, verbal and written;
  • Good IT skills - standard MS Office software;
  • Good planning and organising skills;
  • Effective team player.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

Electrical Technician

  • Experience with Stepper Motors, Servo drives and encoders;
  • Experience of commissioning and fault finding for motion control systems;
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD for electrical design work;
  • An understanding of PLC operation and programming;
  • An appreciation of the parameters affecting choice and operation of different drives;
  • Familiarity with using quality assurance procedures, work planning and safe systems of work;
  • Knowledge of communication protocols such as RS232/422/485;
  • Knowledge of CDM Regulations; * Knowledge of HSE legislation;
  • Knowledge of latest IEE wiring regulations;
  • Knowledge of BS EN 60204-1 Safety of Machinery, Electrical equipment of machines.

Mechanical Technician

  • Knowledge of ultra high vacuum equipment;
  • Able to produce simple engineering drawings;
  • Experience with chilled water, compressed air, domestic water;
  • Basic understanding of electronic and electrical circuits;
  • Familiarity with using quality assurance procedures, work planning and safe systems of work.

Further Information

  • Candidates must be available to work flexibly during commissioning and later operations when there will be periods of intense activity to meet deadlines;
  • Some travel may be required, usually within the UK and with occasional overnight stays.

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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