Mechanical Beamline Technician / Senior Beamline Technician I15-1

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Full Time Salary: £26,399 to £31,058 per annum or £33,963 to £39,955 per annum for the Senior Level
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 03/10/2021
Ref No: 10616

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron source and a leading scientific facility of its type in the world. Located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in South Oxfordshire, we enable cutting edge research across a broad range of scientific disciplines and industrial applications.

About the Role

The XPDF (I15-1) Beamline at Diamond Light Source 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 main duty of the Mechanical Beamline Technician/Senior Mechanical Beamline Technician is to support the scientists and technical support groups associated with the beamline during beamline maintenance, commissioning and operations. The technician will help maintain the equipment already existing on the beamline, and will work with the beamline scientists and engineers in designing and installing new beamline equipment as part of upgrades. He/she will also help users to carry out experiments, machining small pieces of equipment such as sample holders, and integrating ancillary equipment into the experimental areas. He/she will need to ensure that all beamline work is carried out in a safe manner, and that the equipment is appropriately integrated and installed. The technician will work also with other staff from the four beamlines of the Crystallography group to support their operations.

*Successful applicants will be appointed at either Grade 5 or 6, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.*

About You

You will have significant technical experience with an ONC or GNVQ level 2 qualification or equivalent work experience.

You will have the ability to carry out a variety of light mechanical and electrical assembly tasks (this involves building new equipment/developments for subsystems of the scientific equipment such as (cryogenic) sample environments under high vacuum).

For the senior level you will have experience with ultra-high vacuum and high-vacuum systems (desirable for Grade 6).

For the senior level you will have proven experience in at least one of the following areas: cryogenics, precision mechanics, motion systems, scientific instrumentation (desirable for Grade 6).


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.

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 and secondment 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 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.

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