Science Group Leader, Crystallography

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Division: Physical Science
Salary range (Full Time): £65,972 to £77,614 per annum (Discretionary range to £89,257)
Full time, 5 year fixed term. This will be a five-year fixed-term appointment which can be renewed. Diamond will review the appointment along with its business model and the successful candidate’s performance prior to the end of the five year period.
Provisional Interview Dates:  October / November – tbc.
Closing Date:14/10/2018
Ref No: 10059

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron, a world-leading facility for research using ultra-bright photon beams, recently complemented by two state of the art electron microscopy centres. Located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in South Oxfordshire, Diamond hosts a large portfolio of beamlines and facilities supporting cutting edge research across many disciplines including biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Diamond invites applications for a full-time science leader for the Physical Sciences Crystallography group. The successful applicant will be an academic or beamline scientist with an in-depth crystallography expertise, extended experience of large scale facilities and an internationally recognized research profile in materials science, chemistry, condensed matter physics, or related disciplines. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to extend her/his research program using synchrotron X-ray diffraction as a primary tool, develop the group strategy to promote strong collaborative and in-house research programs, and lead the development program for beamlines and laboratories to deliver world-leading capabilities for the Diamond academic and industrial user communities. The candidate will work collaboratively with software and control groups at Diamond to define priorities for data handling and analysis and with lead engineers to prioritize project and operation support for the group. The Crystallography group leader reports directly to the Physical Sciences director, alongside four other science group leaders, and will be responsible for the operational program in her/his area.

Currently, the crystallography group consists of four X-ray beamlines: I11, the powder diffraction beamline; I19, a single crystal beamline dedicated to small molecule crystallography; I15, the extreme conditions beamline; and I15-1, for pair distribution function (PDF). Itemploys 23 scientists, technicians and Post-doctoral research fellows (and typically two PhD students per beamline). Given the significant capital investment and program of upgrades in place to continuously improve the facility and beamlines, the successful candidate will be in a position to propose large projects to the directors and for consideration for our science and industrial advisory committees. Moreover, the recent proposal to upgrade the Diamond Light Source to a low-emittance synchrotron ring (Diamond-II) by 2025 presents a unique and timely opportunity to play a central role in shaping the future of UK synchrotron crystallography in the physical sciences.

Other information

Where appropriate for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements and secondment opportunities (e.g. for fixed-term contract positions).

Diamond are members of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion and we have achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level One. Women are underrepresented and so 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.

To apply for this job please visit