Chief Executive Officer

Diamond Light Source
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire, UK
Closing date
28 Aug 2022

Job Details

Chief Executive Officer

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary: Negotiable

Reference: 10862

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. 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.

At Diamond we are at the beginning of a major 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 a prestigious opportunity for a world-renowned scientific leader to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer at Diamond.

Our CEO will provide overall strategic leadership, vision, direction and management to Diamond, as well as having ultimate responsibility for the high-profile, multimillion pound Diamond-II upgrade project.

You will work with the company’s Chairperson and be responsible for reporting to the Diamond Board on the operations and financial status of the company.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Managing Diamond’s Science, Technical and Finance and Corporate Services Directors and directing the appointment of other senior staff.
  • Holding overall responsibility for the Diamond budget.
  • Liaising with representatives of the UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, UK Research and Innovation and Wellcome.
  • Liaising with leaders at other synchrotron and research facilities.
  • Leading Diamond’s CEO divisional office.

About You

You will be a leading international scientist with proven leadership experience of a large laboratory or scientific facility.

You will hold first and second degrees in STEM disciplines, with a proven record of scientific achievement.

Your experience will include:

  • Successful leadership of a major complex scientific project.
  • Managing teams with an ability to develop potential. Developing significant scientific strategies. Working with national funding agencies. Prioritisation of research programmes to deadlines and within funding constraints.

You will demonstrate the ability and scientific standing necessary to gain and retain the confidence of the organisation, and the ability to influence and negotiate at the highest level.

You will have the vision and ability to identify scientific and technical opportunities and drive such developments, and to develop successful organisational structures.


An excellent benefits package is offered to support a positive work/life balance, including a generous leave allowance and Christmas closure, flexible working hours and an exceptional public sector pension scheme. There is also access to a range of amenities on site. A relocation allowance will also be available where applicable.

We take an active approach to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our activities at Diamond, with a dedicated commitment to ensuring we provide a fulfilling and enjoyable place to work, where all staff feel valued and recognised for their individual contribution.

To Apply

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

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 28th August 2022.


Diamond profile imageDiamond 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.

Why work for us
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.

Training and development
We offer a great package of training whatever your discipline, with supportive and ambitious managers and supervisors committed to your development. We seek to equip all of our staff with the best skills for their research, software development or engineering career. We offer bespoke training packages for all staff and students, whether you are here on a short summer placement, studying for a PhD, or embarking on a career as a software scientist or engineer. We also provide access to conferences and networking opportunities.

What we are looking for
We are looking for motivated scientists, mechanical and software engineers to be part of our varied research and development. We offer a range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate and have a dedicated Student Engagement team to support you during your time with us.

  • Undergraduates: We offer summer and year-long placements for undergraduates in a range of disciplines, with projects that range from developing software to preparing and analysing samples.
  • Graduates: Our graduate roles in engineering and software are a great way to embark on a career with bespoke training and development.
  • PhD students: We co-fund a number of PhD studentships each year with partners across the UK and Europe in diverse scientific disciplines. We offer our students an enhanced stipend, expert supervisors and access to world-leading facilities.


Number of employees

Main areas of research
Chemistry, earth science, engineering, environmental science, life sciences, physics and materials science, cultural heritage, and more

Positions recently recruited for
Undergraduate – programmes run annually; graduate positions in engineering/software; PhD studentships across all disciplines; PDRA/research

Desired degree disciplines/class
Varies according to role

Eligible to work in the UK

How to apply
Please visit

Closing date
All year round

Tel +44 (0)1235 778218

Find Us
Diamond House
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus
OX11 0DE
United Kingdom

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