(Senior) Data Acquisition Scientist DIAD

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Division: Life Science
Salary range (Full Time): £33,297to £39,172 per annum (Discretionary range to £45,048), or £42,931 to £50,507 per annum (Discretionary range to £58,083) for the Senior level
Ref No: 10005

The Data Acquisition Software

Diamond requires a continual technology refresh to deliver cutting edge experimental capabilities. An essential component of Diamond’s technical estate is its Data Acquisition (DAQ) software, GDA, which is responsible for:

  • Programmatic orchestration of beamline experiments;
  • Capture and storage of experimental data;
  • Real-time visualisation of collected data.

GDA is a client-server application written in Java, making use of the Eclipse RCP. The GDA client provides both a GUI and a Jython scripting capability for users to control experiments.

What we are looking for

Our Data Acquisition Software team are looking to recruit a Data Acquisition Scientist or Senior Data Acquisition Scientist to join the team supporting and developing the GDA software which is used throughout the organisation to conduct scientific experiments. Ideal candidates will have a personal interest in physics and science, and strong analytical and communication skills. Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate experience in the full Software Development Lifecycle, preferably using Java or Python, and an understanding of good software design principals and design for usability. A degree level qualification in science, engineering, mathematics or computer science is essential.

As a member of the DAQ Software team you will be working alongside a bright and motivated team in an open and collaborative environment. You will be required to interact with beamline scientists and translate their specifications for scientific capabilities into software requirements.

For appointment at the senior level, the following are essential:

  • Demonstrate strong leadership and organisation skills and have proven experience in managing small teams of software engineers;
  • Provide technical leadership.

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 vacancies.diamond.ac.uk.