Vacuum Technician / Senior Vacuum Technician

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Technical/Engineering
Full Time Salary: £26,399 – £35,716 or £33,963 – £45,949 for the Senior Level
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 02/04/2023
Ref No: 11031
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    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.

    About the Role

    We now have an opportunity for a Vacuum Technician to participate in the construction, conditioning, testing, commissioning, installation and maintenance of the Diamond vacuum systems and support equipment.

    This role will also play a part in our major multi-million-pound facility upgrade, known as Diamond-II, which will generate an even more brilliant light source at a higher energy.

    You will be working within an ultra-high vacuum (UHV) clean assembly environment, undertaking vacuum inspection and acceptance testing of vacuum components and assisting and advising on the correct procedures and techniques for UHV installations and testing.

    Further responsibilities will include:

    • Preparing the equipment and areas for vacuum installations.
    • Advising on the purchasing and procurement of equipment.
    • Utilising the quality control and quality procedures of the Diamond project.
    • Assisting with vacuum equipment and project Lab tests.
    • Monitoring equipment maintenance requirements.

    Successful applicants will be considered as either a Vacuum Technician or Senior Vacuum Technician, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

    At the senior level will also supervise small teams for vacuum installation and maintenance tasks and take part in the planning and preparation of work including resource allocation for systems installations.

    About You

    You will be an experienced Technician or Engineer from a high technology environment with experience in assembly and operation of scientific vacuum equipment.

    To be considered at the senior level you ideally will have served a recognised Engineering Apprenticeship or Engineering Degree or demonstrate equivalent on-the job experience.

    Some knowledge or experience in any of the following areas will be beneficial:

    • Leak detectors.
    • Residual Gas Analysers.
    • Quality Control Systems.
    • Work and resource Planning.
    • Safe Systems of work.
    • Using cranes and slings, forklift trucks etc. for heavy lifting.
    • Testing, fault finding and maintenance of electro-mechanical systems.
    • Interpreting mechanical drawings.


    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 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 2nd 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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