(Senior) Beamline Scientist CSXID

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Full Time Salary: £37,087 to £40,754 or £44,666 to £52,547 per annum for the Senior level, dependent upon skills and experience
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 01/10/2023
Ref No; 11171

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located on the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, a 20-minute drive south of Oxford in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Diamond Light Source conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science and offers rewarding career opportunities. We are currently planning a major upgrade of the facility, known as Diamond-II which will combine a new machine and new beamlines with a comprehensive series of upgrades to optics, detectors, sample environments, sample delivery capabilities and computing.

About the Role

We now have a unique opportunity for a (Senior) Beamline Scientist to join the Coherent Soft X-ray Imaging and Diffraction (CSXID) beamline, one of the Diamond-II upgrade flagship beamlines dedicated to 3D operando imaging of magnetic nanodevices and functional materials.

We are seeking someone to lead the development of an instrument dedicated to operando imaging of functional materials including photovoltaics, battery materials and catalytic particles. The role will involve close collaboration with a multidisciplinary team to drive the development of both hardware and software and requires excellent communication and organisational skills. Once operational, the successful candidate will participate in the maintenance, development, and upgrades of the beamline as well as the provision of user support.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop an internationally competitive research program in line with the capabilities of the CSXID beamline.

Applicants will be considered at either Grade 4 or 5, depending on the strength of your skills, experience, and qualifications.

 About You

You should hold an appropriate Science or Engineering Degree or equivalent as well as a appropriate PhD and proven relevant experience.

Applications with an active research program in imaging functional materials or a related field are encouraged. The research program should ideally include experience with in-situ or operando measurement techniques including the experimental setup, analysis, and interpretation of data.

The successful candidate will have proven knowledge and experience of synchrotron-based x-ray techniques, ideally with experience of coherent imaging techniques or polarised x-ray spectroscopy.

For consideration at the senior level, candidates are expected to have experience in developing and installing synchrotron instrumentation as well demonstrating an internationally recognised research program with a vision for how your research would complement the capabilities of the CSXID beamline.


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 26 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays and 2 annual volunteering days, 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 initial closing date for applications is 1st October 2023, 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, 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.