Senior Support Scientist

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Full Time Salary: £33,963 to £39,955 per annum (Discretionary range to £45,949)
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 10/07/2022
Ref No: 10824

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.

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities and talented staff are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research.

About the role

We have an opening for a dedicated and enthusiastic scientist working in the area of condensed matter physics research. The position is based in the Magnetic Materials Group (MMG), which focusses on investigating ferroic and functional materials using x-ray diffraction, photoemission electron microscopy and polarised spectroscopies. The post involves enabling sample characterisation using laboratory-based techniques including x-ray diffraction, SQUID magnetometery, Atomic Force Microscopy as well as developing new facilities. The post holder will also assist in the experiments on the beamlines of the MMG.

Responsibilities’ will include:

  • Provide operational support for laboratory equipment and beamlines, including responsibility for the day-to-day safe operation of the equipment, interact closely with the users of the facility.
  • Act as a single point of contact (Local Contact) for a proportion of user experiments providing specialist technical/scientific advice.
  • Manage the day-to-day coordination of support groups at Diamond to implement upgrade projects, to improve the quality of the equipment, develop solutions for emerging problems, and ensure its smooth operation.
  • Develop own research in an area relevant and disseminate the results.
  • Procurement of new components, including writing system specifications, the management of contracts and liaison with suppliers.
  • Manage the development, procurement, testing, installation, and maintenance of bespoke scientific equipment and software to perform novel experiments on the beamlines and the peripheral laboratory.

About You

You will have excellent interpersonal communication skills, an ability to collaborate in large and complex cross-disciplinary groups and have a passion for enabling the best science.

Experience with use of scientific instrumentation along with an appropriate science or engineering degree, or equivalent qualification or an appropriate PhD and proven relevant experience.

You will have experience/knowledge:

  • In conducting research at a synchrotron or equivalent facility.
  • In performing risk assessments.
  • Of vacuum equipment.


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 10th July 2022.

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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