Head of Scientific Computing

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Software
Full Time Salary: up to £74,545 per annum
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Provisional Interview Dates: 25th February 2022
Closing Date: 13/02/2022
Ref No: 10613

About Us

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.

About the Role

The development of synchrotron technology proceeds at a relentless pace and requires a cutting edge and exceptional IT infrastructure to support this critical work. Advances in data management, data storage, automation and remote access ensure Diamond remains world-class and world leading.

We are now searching for an IT Leader who can drive our IT strategy within our specialist scientific computing services and core infrastructure.

You will provide the vision and future strategy to enhance and optimise our centre, working closely with our other IT Leaders and the software groups to understand strategic drivers and tactical needs.

You will ensure we can provide technically innovative solutions that meet our organisation requirements with the necessary usability, technical stability, and scalability.

You’ll have overall responsibility for planning, acquisition, deployment, and maintenance of state-of-the art HTC hardware and software resources as well as the oversight of datacentre infrastructure.

One of the defining features of many modern scientific facilities, from hadron colliders to gene sequencing factories, is the avalanche of data they generate. We will require you to develop and design a 5-year strategy to substantially expand our IT hardware (disk farms and compute clusters) to support an additional data centre, of around 1MW capacity.

About You

You will have a thorough understanding of advanced and High-Performance Computing (HPC) at research institutions or industry, from both a traditional sense and with regard to emerging technologies and paradigms, including accelerator technologies, cloud computing and data-intensive research.

Your background will cover implementing and leading HTC solutions, including successful IT delivery and support. Make no mistake, the HTC solution will be demanding and we require individuals who have experience working with extremely large data sets and very high data rates.

You will have the ability to deliver inspirational leadership to cross-functional teams, directing change, project management and IT transformation.


With highly-advanced technology at your disposal and a wide range of training and mentoring opportunities available, Diamond is an excellent choice for those looking to enhance their skills and experience.

We offer 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 industry-leading 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.

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, 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 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.

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