DIA0496/SB - Beamline Support Scientist (B16 Test Beamline)

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Job Title Beamline Support Scientist (B16 Test Beamline)
Job Reference DIA0496/SB
Post Type
Division Science
Salary information Circa £26k (circa £31k for appointment at the higher level, based on skills, qualifications and experience)
Application deadline 07/03/2009
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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.

Beamline B16 Test beamline has been developed for the characterisation of optics, detectors and other instrumentation, and for the development of novel techniques. It is a highly versatile and flexible beamline catering to diverse types of experiments. The beamline works in the 2-20 keV X-ray energy range and supports several operational modes and experimental techniques.

We are seeking a self motivated candidate to work as a support scientist on this beamline.


Beamline Support Scientist will work under the direction of the Principal Beamline Scientist and with other beamline staff in the following areas:

For appointment at the higher level, the following to be carried out to a greater depth than the Beamline Support Scientist.

  • Procurement, installation and commissioning of beamline components and instrumentation;
  • Maintenance of the beamlines during operations;
  • Development and testing of new equipment and software;
  • Support of users in performing their experiments at Diamond;
  • Testing samples sent to Diamond by users;
  • Development of new instrumentation to upgrade the performance of the beamlines;
  • Support of in-house research programmes.

For appointment at a higher level, additional responsibilities supporting in-house and user research programme as follows:

  • Undertaking data analysis;
  • Development of new instrumentation, equipment and software to upgrade the performance of the beamlines.
  • Local contact support.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate Science Degree;
  • Experience in the use of scientific instrumentation;
  • Experience in scientific data collection;
  • Knowledge of synchrotron radiation techniques;
  • Experience with Windows/Linux/Unix;
  • Good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills;
  • Ability to interact with staff and facility users at all levels;
  • Ability to work flexibly with occasional weekend and out-of hours working;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Self motivation.

For appointment at a higher level:

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in supporting Scientists in the conduct of research in a synchrotron or equivalent facility;
  • Relevant experience of providing support as a local contact;
  • Capability of providing full data analysis for users of the assigned beamline.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Appropriate PhD or equivalent qualification or experience;
  • Experience in laboratory work;
  • Experience in the one or more of the following x-ray techniques: x-ray optics, diffraction, imaging, micro-tomography or reflectometry;
  • Experience in 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 recruitment@diamond.ac.uk

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