Vibration Physicist / Engineer

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Technical/Engineering
Full Time Salary: £26,399 to £31,058 per annum
Post Type: Full time / Fixed term
Term: 4 years
Closing Date: 03/07/2022
Ref No: 10661

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

The stability of the electron and photon beam at Diamond is key to the delivery of world leading science. With a multi-million-pound upgrade project underway, known as Diamond-II, the much stricter beam stability requirements will require increased dedicated efforts to maintain such high standards.

We now have a new opportunity for a Support Vibration Engineer or Physicist to work on improving Diamond’s vibration and stability. This is a cross functional role based in Diamond’s Technical Division, which involves working closely with the Diagnostics group and the Science Division, to measure and assess the effects of mechanical vibration on the photon and electron beams.

Your role will be to initially support, and then lead, a range of vibration and stability projects. You will be measuring and evaluating the stability of key components of the Diamond-II synchrotron upgrade, including diagnostic equipment supports and our girder prototypes.

The role will involve stability problem solving of Diamond systems and equipment, including developing passive and active damping solutions.

Other responsibilities will include:

  • sensor selection, procurement, data processing and interpretation of vibration data,
  • support, maintain and operate a range of vibration measurement equipment including accelerometers, seismometers and data acquisition systems,
  • communicating findings to both internal audiences and international experts

About you

We’re looking for an enthusiastic engineer / physicist to support our vibration and stability work.

This role is ideal for a recent graduate or for someone looking to move into the precision engineering or accelerator physics field.

Suitable candidates should have a good understanding of the physical and mechanical principles behind vibration and stability, together with a broad general physics knowledge.

you should have a good knowledge and understanding of sensors for vibration measurements and data collection processes and equipment. You should also have some experience with hands-on, practical work using measurement equipment and instrumentation.

You should be qualified to degree level in Physics or Engineering or demonstrate significant equivalent experience.

You will demonstrate good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills, with the ability to interact effectively with staff and facility users at all levels.


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.

To apply

The initial closing date for applications is 3rd of July 2022 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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