Engineering Technician

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Technical/Engineering
Full Time Salary: £26,399 to £31,058 per annum (Discretionary range to £35,716)
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 18/04/2021
Ref No: 10430

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.

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About the Role

We now have an opportunity for an Engineering Technician within the Diamond Accelerators Engineering Group. The Diamond Accelerators are the heart of the Diamond facility, combining to generating the brilliant light that is used in the experiments.

The successful candidate will integrate in an experienced team of highly skilled mechanical and electrical technicians supporting the installation, commissioning, and testing of equipment associated with the Linac, Booster, Storage Ring and Beamline Front ends. He/she will help maintain and modify the existing equipment and assist in the design review process of new equipment and upgrades.  He/she will need to ensure that all work is carried out in a safe manner, and that the equipment is appropriately integrated and installed to the agreed procedures.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Carrying out inspection of manufactured items and assemblies to drawings.
  • Carrying out fault finding, repairs and maintenance of the accelerator systems.

Some flexibility over working hours will be required during periods of intense activity, and occasional local travel may be required.

About You

We are looking for some who is a practical technician with the skills to support installation, maintenance and development activities of the Diamond Accelerator Engineering Team.

Candidates should:

  • Be competent in modifying or making small parts or tooling aids using standard workshop tools.
  • Be able to inspect and measure components using workshop tools, experience in using Coordinate measuring machines is not required.
  • Be familiar with installation of high-pressure piping using compression fittings.
  • Be able to sketch out by hand and clearly communicate your ideas to the team.
  • Be able to read written instructions, including mechanical assembly and part drawings and understand the tolerances stated and how they can be achieved.
  • Have an appreciation of lifting and slinging and the safety issues when installing heavy complex equipment.
  • Have a basic understanding of electrical engineering and able carry out assembly and testing of low voltage electrical works under supervision.

Full training will be given on all aspects of the specialist activities of the group so no experience of Diamond or similar facilities is required, but you should have the foundation skills that often comes from following an engineering apprenticeship scheme.


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.

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 initial closing date for applications is 18th April 2021, 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.

This role does not meet the required skill level for a Tier 2 work visa and therefore we would be unable to sponsor individuals due to the current Home Office rules. To be appointed to the role, candidates will need to have the right to work in the UK without sponsorship from us.

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