Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.
About the Role
The XPDF (I15-1) Beamline at Diamond is the first dedicated X-ray Pair Distribution Function instrument of its kind in Europe. This beamline performs experiments to study the local structure of materials from a vast range of scientific fields such as catalysis, energy materials, and pharmaceuticals. The beamline is in the process of a major upgrade which will see the installation of a high-throughput robotic sample changer, upgraded end-station and bespoke detector.
The Beamline Scientist will contribute to the technical development of the beamline, assist in the installation and commissioning of beamline components, provide user support, and carry out research in areas relevant to the beamline.
Further responsibilities will include:
- Provide beamline operational support including responsibility for day-to-day safe operation.
- Act as a single point of contact for selected user experiments.
- Collaborate on beamline upgrades and development projects.
- Develop own research in an area relevant to the beamline and disseminate the results and become recognised in this field of expertise.
- Manage the development, procurement, testing, installation, and maintenance of bespoke scientific equipment and software to perform novel experiments.
- Give advice to users on proposal submissions.
- Lead the design, procurement, testing, installation and commissioning of major beamline and support laboratory upgrade projects, including project management, resource planning, and management of contracts (required for appointment at Senior level).
- Lead the development of new hardware and/or software capabilities in the field of local structure (required for appointment at Senior level).
- Engage actively with new and existing user communities who will benefit from I15-1 through participation in conferences and workshops.
Successful applicants will be considered as either a Beamline Scientist or Senior Beamline Scientist, depending on the strength of their knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications.
We are seeking a Beamline Scientist or Senior Beamline Scientist with a strong background in local structure analysis and experience with PDF analysis software, such as PDFgui, TOPAS, RMCProfile or EPSR.
You should have a PhD degree in chemistry, physics, materials science or related fields.
Experience with synchrotron diffraction and total scattering methods are essential. A demonstrated independent research program, knowledge of X-ray instrumentation, and prior experience of supporting research at a facility are essential for appointment to the Senior level.
You will demonstrate good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills, and the ability to interact effectively with staff and facility users at all levels.
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.
Diamond is a thriving international organisation, attracting a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world. Our staff currently comprises 39 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us.
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 4th January 2021. Interviews will take place on either 20th January 2021 or 21st January 2021.
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.