Electron Microscope 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)
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date:18/04/2021
Ref No: 10500

Diamond Light Source is one of the world’s most advanced scientific facilities. We’re home to the UK’s synchrotron light source – a giant microscope producing beams of light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. Probing the structure and composition of matter, our work drives innovation in everything from vaccines to nanotech.

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic scientist to operate and manage a new PhotoEmission Electron Microscope (PEEM) and Low-Energy Electron Microscope (LEEM) facility. The PEEM/LEEM will provide high-resolution magnetic and structural imaging of thin films and nanostructures. You will enable novel research in condensed matter physics and physical chemistry, working with national and international researchers. You will be expected to develop your own scientific research programme using the PEEM/LEEM.

Expertise in a relevant area of condensed matter physics, imaging and scientific instrumentation are essential. You should be able to demonstrate an established reputation in a relevant area of research along with a track record of developing scientific equipment. You will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the PEEM/LEEM facility and will work as an integral part of a beamline team operating an aberration-corrected PEEM/LEEM. You will be expected to collaborate closely with the user community and to develop the PEEM/LEEM facility to maintain it as a world-class facility.

Please note internally this role is known as a Beamline Scientist.


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.

We take an active approach to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our activities at Diamond, with a dedicated commitment to ensuring we provide a fulfilling and enjoyable place to work, where all staff feel valued and recognised for their individual contribution.

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 18th April, 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 and secondment opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 39 different nationalities.  Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (78% men and 22% women as at 5 April 2019). 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.

To apply for this job please visit vacancies.diamond.ac.uk.