Mechanical Technician

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Full Time Salary: £26,399 to £31,058 per annum
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 07/03/2021
Ref No: 10502

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.

About the Role

We now have an opportunity for a Mechanical Technician to work at the forefront of our work by supporting scientific research on our beamlines.

You will be working across our Structures and Surfaces Group which is dedicated to the study of the detailed structure, chemistry, and electronic behaviour of materials such as battery materials, catalysts, and molecular interfaces. This role will also focus on Beamline I09, which consists of uniquely designed lines to deliver soft and hard x-rays and fully equipped ultrahigh vacuum end stations containing an extensive suite of instrumentation. This allows us to include sample growth capabilities as well as cryogenic (liquid Helium) sample manipulators allowing micron positioning capabilities. A third end station is also being constructed to enable research using a novel state-of-the-art detector system.

Your role will be to support (together with the Senior Mechanical Technician) the scientist and technical support groups associated with the beamline during maintenance, commissioning, and operations.

Your key duties will include:

  • The installation, maintenance and upgrading of bespoke, prototype and high-tech equipment such as ultra-High Vacuum optical components, Vacuum equipment and detectors, and diffractometer/goniometer and sample environment equipment
  • Working with beamline scientists and engineers in designing and installing new beamline equipment
  • Helping users carry out experiments on all branches of the beamline
  • Carrying out regular inspection of installed equipment to comply with safety regulations

The role will require a willingness to work flexibly at periods of intense activity and to occasionally travel within the UK when required.

Please note that internally this position is known as a Beamline Technician.

About You

You will have significant technical experience either via an ONC/GNVQ Level 2 (or equivalent) or similar work experience or an apprenticeship.

You will have experience of working in a safe manner and ensuring that equipment is integrated and installed to a high standard.

You should have a good knowledge, or a willingness to learn about ultrahigh vacuum techniques including vacuum pumps, gauges, and sample manipulation and be able to carry out a variety of intricate mechanical and electrical assembly tasks.

An understanding of maintaining a clean and tidy working environment that meets the operational needs of the beamline for investigating atomically clean surfaces in ultrahigh vacuum.


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

Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role.

The initial closing date for applications is 7th March 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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