Detector Group Leader

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Full Time Salary: £55,097 to £74,545 per annum
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 11/09/2022
Ref No: 10870

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. 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.

At Diamond we are currently planning a major multi-million-pound upgrade of the facility, known as Diamond-II. Diamond-II will combine a new machine and new beamlines with a comprehensive series of upgrades to optics, detectors, sample environments, sample delivery capabilities and computing, which will ultimately generate an even more brilliant light source at a higher energy.

About the Group

The Detector Group at Diamond is a multi-disciplinary team of around twelve strong, comprising scientists, electronic, FPGA and software engineers and technicians from diverse backgrounds in the fields of physics, synchrotron science and telecommunications. The group has active participation in the Medipix (CERN), Percival (DESY), LEAPS-INNOV (pan-European), Ge-detector (Soleil) collaborations and develops bespoke X-ray detector solutions for the Diamond beamlines alongside the support of commercial detector solutions where appropriate.

About the Role

We now have an excellent opportunity for a Detector Group Leader to lead a highly dynamic team working at the cutting edge of detector technology, contributing to shaping the detector landscape both for current beamlines and for the new and upgraded beamlines planned for Diamond-II.

As the Detector Group Lead you will be overseeing the construction, installation, commissioning, and operation of the detector systems.

You will also be responsible for:

  • Delivering and maintaining appropriate detectors for all beamlines within the available budget and timescale required.
  • The smooth and reliable operation of detectors on beamlines.
  • Providing technical leadership and strategy by establishing a long-term vision for the detector programme at Diamond. Periodically revise it to align with the changing priorities of Diamond.
  • Management and professional development of the detector group team of staff.
  • Budgetary responsibility for the detector operations and relevant upgrade projects.
  • Establishing and maintaining links with detector groups at other synchrotrons and related institutions.
  • Engaging with, and providing expertise and consultancy to, Quantum Detectors Ltd – the Diamond and STFC spinout tasked with commercialising in-house developed detector technology.

The availability of a test beamline at Diamond allows the detector group to evaluate the performance of innovating detector technologies and their application to synchrotron X-ray experiments. Close cooperation with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory enables access to other world-class facilities as well as the interaction with world-leading detector developers.

About you

You will hold a degree in physics or electronic engineering or demonstrate significant equivalent experience.

You will demonstrate:

  • The ability to successfully motivate and manage a team of scientists, engineers, and technicians.
  • Experience of delivery of projects and project management including budgetary and resource management responsibility.
  • A proven track record of research in an appropriate field of science related to ionising radiation detectors.
  • A knowledge of the evolving landscape of spectroscopic, position sensitive and other detector technologies.
  • An understanding of the principles of the interaction of radiation with matter.
  • Experience in the operation of ionising radiation detectors.


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.

The closing date for applications is 11th September 2022.


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