Software Engineer – Web Application Developer

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: 19/03/2023
Ref No: 11013

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 makes a range of advanced measurement and analysis methods available to researchers around the world. Traditionally, researchers have travelled to Diamond to conduct their experiments, but increasingly automation technology has been developed to allow researchers to submit their samples and have their experiments carried out remotely with no need for them to attend site.

About the role

Effective information management is essential for Diamond to conduct its critical work; providing scientists the tools to turn theoretical science into practical and often life-changing discoveries. A critical component of Diamond’s software architecture is its Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The LIMS is a web application that captures the full lifecycle of experiments at Diamond. The LIMS enables scientists from all over the world to plan and prepare their experiments, facilitates integration and interoperability with data analysis tools and provides visualisation of experimental activity and results.

The web application needs extending to support emerging requirements to streamline operations and support automated data collections. The software stack is also undergoing a technical refresh to take advantage of modern JavaScript libraries and frameworks. This presents ideal opportunity for a Software Engineer to grow and develop with our world leading science facility, or to utilise the skills and experience you already have in this rewarding role.

As a member of the Scientific Information Management Systems group, you will be working alongside a bright and motivated team in an open and collaborative environment. You will be required to interact with Diamond scientists and translate their specifications for scientific capabilities into software requirements. You will also participate in international collaborations within this domain, sharing best practice and supporting other facilities and synchrotrons within the collaboration.

 About you

You should be able to demonstrate experience in the full Software Development Lifecycle.

You will also have:

  • A degree level qualification in STEM or equivalent experience.
  • Strong JavaScript skills with significant experience with JavaScript frameworks such as React or Angular.
  • Experience with unit test frames works such as Jasmine or Mocha. Knowledge of agile practices (specifically SCRUM).
  • The ability to work across multiple projects and systems, and interface with other IT teams delivering science services.
  • Good commutations skills as you will be talking to the leading scientists in their field.
  • An interest in supporting scientific stakeholders, coupled with strong analytical skills.

We use an open-source development model in a not-for-profit institution, so Knowledge of GitHub / GitLab would be useful. The systems provide the shop window to all services, so a passion for UX and quality are essential.


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, restaurant and sports and leisure facilities.

To Apply

Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role.

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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