PDRA in Accelerator Physics / Senior Accelerator Physicist

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Technical/Engineering
Full Time Salary: £33,963 to £39,955 per annum or £43,790 to £51,517 per annum for the Senior level
Post Type: Full time / Fixed term
Term: 3 years
Closing Date: 12/02/2023
Ref No: 10979

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

The Accelerator Physics (AP) Group is responsible for all AP-related activities and operations at Diamond, including conducting both near and long-term research and development to keep performance at the forefront of accelerators worldwide. The team is currently focussed on the Diamond-II upgrade project, in which the storage ring will be replaced with a high-brightness multi-bend achromat structure. This upgrade will enable x-rays to be generated with unprecedented levels of brilliance, transverse coherence and reduced spatial dimensions, allowing significant advances to be made across a broad range of scientific fields.

We now have an opportunity for a Post-doctoral Research Associate or Senior Accelerator Physicist to join the Diamond Accelerator Physics Group for an initial period of 3 years.

The duties of this role include conducting theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies of the existing and future Diamond accelerators to understand and improve the performance. These studies cover a broad range of activities, including on-going linear and nonlinear beam dynamics optimisation studies, application of machine learning techniques to improve performance, studying the injection process and developing the tools and techniques required to carry out this work. The role will involve interacting with other technical groups at Diamond. You will also take part in machine development activities for the existing Diamond accelerators.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining a current knowledge of other comparable projects and communicating with scientists at other international facilities and conferences to ensure exchange of knowledge.
  • Developing skills and experience in all areas of Accelerator Physics.
  • Publishing research results in journals and conference proceedings.
  • Delivering high-quality internal reporting and professional advice.

At the Senior level responsibilities will also include:

  • Providing professional leadership and guiding future approach.
  • Building collaborations inside and outside of Diamond.
  • Mentoring and leading more junior staff and students.

Successful applicants will be appointed as either a Post-Doctoral Research Associate or Senior Accelerator Physicist depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

A flexible approach to work is required including some out of hours work in support of accelerator operations and development, as well as occasional UK and overseas travel including overnight absences.

About you

You will hold a PhD in an appropriate branch of Physics with the willingness to develop a deeper knowledge of accelerator physics, along with the following:

  • Knowledge and experience in Accelerator Physics
  • Good experience in the development and use of numerical algorithms to solve Physics problems; ability to handle large scale simulations
  • Ability to solve technical problems, evaluate alternative courses of action, take decisions, and innovate where necessary.

At the Senior role you will also require the following:

  • Extensive knowledge and proven ability in accelerator physics, especially for low emittance storage-rings
  • Experience in lattice design and optimisation using a range of accelerator modelling codes
  • Significant practical experience of carrying out accelerator physics studies on operating particle accelerators.

You will bring with you good communication and presentational skills, initiative, and self-motivation.


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.

The closing date for applications is 12th of February 2023, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

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, 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.