Electronics Engineer (Detectors)

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: 29/03/2020
Ref No: 10295

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

We now have an opportunity for an Electronics Engineer to join the Diamond Detector Group to design and prototype precision analogue and digital electronic interfaces for X-ray detectors, as well as the testing and benchmarking of detector electronics and data acquisition / readout systems.

Additionally, you will be responsible for the installation and commissioning of detectors and associated electronics for synchrotron X-ray experiments.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Involvement in assembly of detector electronics, including rack-based systems such as NIM, PXIe and MicroTCA.
  • Assisting in the installation of beamline detector and diagnostic systems.
  • General laboratory work for commissioning including detailed commissioning of electronics, specifying electrical cabling and the design and build of simple mechanical devices.
  • Enhanced development of electronic instrumentation, upgrading existing beamline detector and diagnostics based equipment.
  • Assisting in installation and commissioning of further specialist diagnostics and detector equipment.
  • Ownership and management of small specific projects in the detector development programme.

About You

You should hold a degree in Electronics Engineering or demonstrate significant equivalent experience. Membership of a relevant Professional Institute is desirable.

You will have experience in precision electronics and instrumentation design, build, installation and commission, from small projects to large detectors.

You will also demonstrate experience in electronics systems commissioning and fault finding, while any experience at large scientific facilities or synchrotrons is desirable, as is previous detector experience.

You will demonstrate knowledge of printed circuit board design and assembly and have hands-on experience of board level circuit test using a range  of test equipment (DMM, oscilloscopes, logic analysers etc.), along with the ability to analyse requirements and problems and then produce and implement solutions.

Use of data analysis applications such as Matlab, CAD software, Cadence schematic capture and PCB layout in Allegro (or equivalent), and experience with Linux and a programming language, (e.g C++, Java, Python) will be beneficial.

You will display excellent communication, interpersonal and presentational skills to interact effectively with staff at all levels and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to ensure an excellent work/life balance including 25 days’ annual leave, 13 days statutory and company holidays, flexible working hours, an onsite nursery, an excellent pension scheme, and social and sporting activities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

To Apply

Applicants are required to outline their suitability for this role via the online application process. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 29th March 2020.

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.