Senior Functional Safety Engineer

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area : Science
Full Time Salary: £43,790 to £59,245 per annum
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 16/04/2023
Ref No: 11000

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About Us

Diamond Light Source is one of the world’s most advanced scientific facilities. We’re home to the UK’s synchrotron light source – a giant microscope producing beams of light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. Probing the structure and composition of matter, our work drives innovation in everything from vaccines to nanotech.

At Diamond we are currently planning a major upgrade of the facility, known as Diamond-II. Diamond-II will combine a new machine and new beamlines with a comprehensive series of upgrades to optics, detectors, sample environments, sample delivery capabilities and computing, which will ultimately generate an even more brilliant light source at a higher energy.

About the Role

We now have an opportunity for a Senior Personnel Safety Engineer (internally titled ‘Senior Personnel Safety Engineer’) to support the design, development, commissioning and operational of the Personnel Safety Systems to support the design, development, and operation of the accelerators and/or beamlines on the Diamond Synchrotron.

You will be required to:

  • Contribute to the design and development of the Personnel Safety Systems to protect staff, users and public from the radiation hazards across Diamond.
  • Apply technical know-how on active safety systems to ensure that the developed systems meet the goals of required safety integrity level.
  • Capture and maintain documentation and Electrical wiring diagrams for Personnel Safety Systems that ensures compliance with international standards.
  • Assist with statistical analysis of the installed Personnel Safety System to verify its integrity level and functional correctness.
  • Monitor and report on work-packages related to Personnel Safety System by external suppliers including preparation of tenders and service level agreements.
  • Maintain records of subsystem modules & software revision history.
  • Analyse failures and maintain the safety assessment system.
  • Carry out fault finding and corrective action planning on installed equipment.

About You

You will hold an Honours degree in physics, Electrical Engineering or similar, as well as having knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Safety systems design
  • Safety related components
  • CAD packages

You will also demonstrate excellent communications skills, along with the ability to solve technical problems, evaluating alternative courses of action and innovating where necessary.


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 initial closing date for applications is 16th April 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.

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