Beamline Scientist / Senior Beamline Scientist I18

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Full Time Salary: £37,087 to £40,754 (Discretionary range to £46,868), or £44,666 to £52,547 per annum (Discretionary range to £60,430) for the Senior level
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 15/10/2023
Ref No: 11173

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

Beamline I18 is a microfocus spectroscopy beamline covering the energy range from 2 to 20 keV with a variable X-ray beam size that can be focused down to 2 microns. The principal experimental techniques used on the beamline are X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) imaging, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). We are currently in the process of building a new portable X-ray Emission Spectrometer with three analyser crystals which will be used for high energy resolution measurements. The beamline has an active user community covering many scientific disciplines ranging from bio-medical imaging to the study of extra-planetary matter and environmental science.

We now have an opportunity for a Beamline Scientist / Senior Beamline Scientist with a strong background in XRF imaging and XAS. You will participate in the development and commissioning of new equipment: new instrumentation such as X-ray detectors, novel sample environment, etc. You will be expected to interact positively with the user community and provide a high level of expertise to support visiting research teams using the beamline and to provide support with data analysis.

Applicants will be considered at either Grade 4 or 5, depending on the strength of your skills, experience, and qualifications.

About You

You will hold an appropriate first degree or equivalent qualification, as well as a PhD degree in chemistry, physics, materials science, or related discipline.

We would particularly welcome applicants with a background in physical sciences with desirable experience in chemistry and catalysis, energy research (batteries, solar cells, etc.), environmental science or high-pressure research.

The successful applicant should have an independent research program in a science area relevant to the beamline, along with:

  • Relevant synchrotron research experience.
  • Experience in X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy.
  • Experience in beamline X-ray optics and X-ray instrumentation, including X-ray detectors.

To be considered for the Senior position you will also have experience in:

  • Other synchrotron-based techniques such as X-ray Emission Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction, Computed Tomography.
  • Instrumentation design and construction
  • Supporting Scientists in the conduct of research in a synchrotron or equivalent facility.
  • Project management
  • Software packages and programming


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 15th 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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