Beamline Scientist – I20-scanning

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Full Time Salary: £37,087 to £40,754 per annum
Post Type: Full time / Fixed term
Term: 3 years
Closing Date: 08/10/2023
Ref No: 11179

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities and talented staff are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research.

About the Role

I20-Scanning is a flagship spectroscopy beamline dedicated to carrying out X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray emission spectroscopy techniques. I20-Scanning is part of an integrated project devoted to X-ray spectroscopy which includes I18 Microfocus and B18 Core X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy beamlines. At the heart of I20-Scanning is an innovative four-bounce monochromator which provides high-purity monochromatic X-rays to perform detailed EXAFS and XANES measurements. Two end stations are available to perform XAS and XES experiments, and in 2023, the X-ray emission spectrometer was upgraded to a fourteen-analyzer system to make the beamline among the best X-ray emission beamline in the world. I20-Scanning supports a multi-disciplinary user community in catalysis, environmental science, materials science, biology and energy materials and beamline scientists are expected to perform in-house research in one of these fields.

 We now have an opportunity for a beamline scientist on a three-year term who has experience and a strong research interest in XAS/XES, is highly motivated and able to work as part of the multi-disciplinary beamline team. The successful candidate will need to work closely with the Principal Beamline Scientist and I20 team supporting the beamline operation, acting as a local contact for user experiments, testing and commissioning of new optics, sample environments, assisting in the development of new equipment, and carrying out research in relevant scientific areas.

 About You

You will have Science Degree in Chemistry, Physic, Natural Sciences, or equivalent qualification.

As well as knowledge and experience in the following areas:

•            X-ray absorption and X-ray emission spectroscopy techniques

•            Data collection at a synchrotron and carrying out XAS/XES experiments

•            EXAFS/XANES data analysis

•            XAS/XES research experience


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 26 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays and 2 annual volunteering days, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

 To Apply

Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role.

 The initial closing date for applications is 8th October 2023, however applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis until this vacancy is filled.

Other information

Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements, secondment and job share opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 44 different nationalities. Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (77% men and 23% women as at March 2021). Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women.

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level Two.

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