Beamline Scientist / Senior Beamline Scientist

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Full Time Salary: £33,963 to £39,955 per annum (Discretionary range to £45,949), or £43,790 to £51,517 per annum (Discretionary range to £59,245) for the Senior level
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 03/10/2021
Ref No: 10624

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.

About the Role

As one of the four beamlines in the Surfaces and Structures Group, I09 delivers undulator radiation of both soft and hard x-rays for research employing photoelectron spectroscopy (SXPES and HAXPES), absorption spectroscopy (XAS), photoelectron diffraction (PhD), x-ray standing waves (XSW) and soft x-ray angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (SX-ARPES). The beamline supports a strong user community conducting studies of a wide variety of materials ranging from electron correlations in oxides, cationic/anionic redox in Li-ion batteries, to geometric structures of monolayers of two-dimensional materials.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to fill the role of a beamline scientist to develop and lead in-house research exploiting the capability (particularly HAXPES and SX-ARPES) and exploring the new opportunities of I09 and the available off-line facilities. The role involves operating the beamline and supporting the user community and other staff members in the group, who the scientist is encouraged to engage and collaborate with. The role also requires the scientist to contribute to the technical development and future upgrade of I09. In particular, the scientist is expected to be actively involved in the commissioning of a SX-APRES end-station and a HAXPES end-station as well as the development of UHV sample preparation and characterisation facilities within the group.

About You

The post holder should have a PhD degree in physics or a related field with a good record of conducting high quality original research, preferably in the area of electronic structures of correlated oxide heterostructures. Experience and background in synchrotron research using HAXPES and/or (SX-)ARPES is essential.


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, 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.

Other information

Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements and secondment 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, in accordance with law and good practice, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women.

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview 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 One.

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