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Today, at the prestigious AAAS science conference in Washington DC, Diamond will unveil plans for its biggest recruitment campaign since its inception 20 years ago. Dozens of new roles will be available in the coming year and some examples of the variety of STEM careers will be showcased and celebrated by an all-women lineup from the Diamond team. This recruitment drive aims to ensure the facility has the knowledge and expertise required to help plan and deliver world leading science for the next decade and beyond.
In the lead-up to International Women’s Day (8th March), Diamond’s workshop will shine a light on career pathways in world-changing science. A panel of four women from Diamond will address how their work across science and engineering helps to address 21st century challenges from energy research to pandemic preparedness. They will share their professional journeys and insights into their roles. Job roles range from scientists, engineers, software experts, technicians to professional roles all essential to enabling the most brilliant science performed by scientists at Diamond.
Through part of the next decade, Diamond will deliver an upgrade programme called Diamond-II. To continue delivering the world-changing science that Diamond leads and enables, Diamond-II is a project that will deliver a new machine and new beamlines with a comprehensive series of upgrades to optics, detectors, sample environments, sample delivery capabilities and computing.
The workshop panel will feature Dr Lorraine Bobb – Head of Diagnostics Group; Sarah Macdonell – Head of Beamline Systems Engineering; Dr Chidinma Okolo – Beamline Scientist at B24 and Dr Lucy Saunders – Beamline Scientist at I11. It will be chaired by Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke – Head of Impact, Communications and Engagement, with an interactive Q&A session facilitated by Molly Pekarik Fry – Web and Digital Content Manager.
UKRI announced last June a new investment of £81.5 million over the next three years in Diamond-II, which when complete will:
Minister of State at the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology, George Freeman MP, said:
The Diamond Light Source is a jewel in the crown of UK research infrastructure, and at the heart of some of the most exciting recent discoveries.
Diamond’s unique capabilities, along with UK government funding, gives the next generation of scientists the opportunity to conduct ground-breaking research to help tackle so many of the big global challenges we face as a planet and society. Now more than ever is an exciting time to build a career with DLS.
Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke, Head of Impact, Communications and Engagement comments:
Diamond is preparing for its final stage bid for making this investment a reality and it is paramount that we secure the best people to join us in all of the roles that are becoming available. To this end, we have created an open talent pool for anyone interested to apply. All one has to do is register for a job alert.
It will be an exciting time to join Diamond as we lay the foundations for the future of the facility. Currently 12 vacancies are open and dozens will be added over the coming months. We’re acting fast to ensure our preparations for the upgrade are progressing in line with the project plan. So, if you are looking for a place where you can make a difference, where 21st century global challenges are being addressed, there’s no better place to be.
To date, together with its 16,000 strong user community, Diamond has enabled ground-breaking scientific achievements, including:
Andrea Ward, CEO and Director of Finance and Corporate Services concludes:
Diamond Light Source has established itself as a world-class synchrotron facility enabling research by leading academic and industrial groups in physical and life sciences. Diamond has pioneered a model of highly efficient and uncompromised infrastructure offered as a user-focussed service driven by technical and engineering innovation.
Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
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