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PDRA in Statistical Analysis of Change in Diffraction Data

Diamond Light Source
Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK
£37,087 to £40,754 per annum
Posting live until
30 Jun 2024

Job Details

PDRA in Statistical Analysis of Change in Diffraction Data

£37,087 to £40,754 per annum dependent upon skills and experience

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire – primarily based onsite

3.5 Years


About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national 3rd generation synchrotron science facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences. 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

As part of a BBSRC funded consortium project within the Collaborative Computational Project 4 (CCP4) we are looking to recruit a data analysis scientist at the Post-Doctoral Research Associate level with knowledge of statistical analysis methods. The successful candidate will build on recent exciting developments in the field of time resolved serial crystallography at Diamond and other facilities. You will develop new approaches to analyse X-ray diffraction data from macromolecular crystallography (MX) experiments aiming to robustly identify when changes in the data reliably indicate relevant changes in macromolecular structure.

You will be embedded within a dynamic and interdisciplinary data analysis team as well as a diverse and research active MX scientist team. Data required for your work will be obtained by colleagues within the Diamond with whom you will also test and improve the methods that you develop.

More broadly, you will be able to collaborate with the broader CCP4 team ( who are located on the Harwell campus together with Diamond.

About You

The successful candidate will have strong knowledge and experience of statistical analysis and its application to experimental data. You will have demonstrable software experience particularly in Python. A background in macromolecular crystallography is not required though would be advantageous and training necessary in the scientific field will be provided.

This post represents an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic scientist to play a key role in developing methodologies to maximise the output of the rapidly developing field of time resolved structural biology.


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 26 days annual leave plus Christmas closure, public holidays, 2 annual volunteering days and flexible working hours. We also offer an excellent defined benefit 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 30th June 2024, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date. 


Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron. It works like a giant microscope, harnessing the power of electrons to produce bright light that scientists from around the UK (and further afield) can use to study anything from fossils to jet engines, to viruses and vaccines. Diamond is a unique environment, offering world-leading scientific and engineering challenges to staff and students. As the UK’s synchrotron, we collaborate with colleagues from around the world to deliver our science, underpinned by exceptional engineering and software. Synchrotron science is incredibly interdisciplinary, and scientists and engineers at Diamond work on tackling some of the most challenging scientific questions of the 21st century from climate change to infectious diseases.

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Diamond House
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus
OX11 0DE

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