Head of Magnet Group

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire, UK
£55,097 to £74,545
08 Jun 2022
26 Jun 2022

Head of Magnet Group

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary £55,097 to £74,545)

Full time

5 Years Fixed Term

Reference: 10825

Head of Magnet Engineering

Full time / Flexible hours considered

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national 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.

At Diamond we are currently planning a major multi-million pound upgrade of the facility, known as Diamond-II. Diamond-II will combine a new machine and new beamlines with a comprehensive series of upgrades to optics, detectors, sample environments, sample delivery capabilities and computing, which will ultimately generate an even more brilliant light source at a higher energy.

About the Role

We now have an excellent opportunity for a Head of Magnet Engineering (internally titled ‘Head of Magnet Group’) to manage the delivery of high-quality accelerator magnets for the Diamond-II project.

The key duties of the role will include:

  • Managing the magnetic designs of high-quality magnets, covering the full range of permanent magnets, d.c., a.c. and pulsed electromagnets.
  • Managing the delivery of detailed procurement specifications.
  • Coordinating and overseeing the supervision of procurement contracts for the supply of magnets.
  • Managing the setting-up and operation of the required high precision magnetic measurement systems, data collation, analysis, and interpretation.

About You

You will have a Degree in Physics or Engineering or demonstrate significant equivalent experience.

You will demonstrate significant experience of magnetic and mechanical design of electromagnetic and permanent magnets, along with experience of the specification, procurement management, and quality control of magnets.

You will be an experienced people manager with the ability to lead and motivate others.

You will display excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


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.

Diamond is a thriving international organisation, attracting a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world. Our staff currently comprises 44 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us.

The closing date for applications is 26th June 2022.