Detector Group Leader

Diamond Light Source
Harwell, UK
£55,097 to £74,545 per annum
Closing date
28 Aug 2022

Job Details

Detector Group Leader

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary £55,097 - £74,545

Full time / Flexible hours considered

Reference: 10870

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. 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.

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 Group

The Detector Group at Diamond is a multi-disciplinary team of around twelve strong, comprising scientists, electronic, FPGA and software engineers and technicians from diverse backgrounds in the fields of physics, synchrotron science and telecommunications. The group has active participation in the Medipix (CERN), Percival (DESY), LEAPS-INNOV (pan-European), Ge-detector (Soleil) collaborations and develops bespoke X-ray detector solutions for the Diamond beamlines alongside the support of commercial detector solutions where appropriate.

About the Role

We now have an excellent opportunity for a Detector Group Leader to lead a highly dynamic team working at the cutting edge of detector technology, contributing to shaping the detector landscape both for current beamlines and for the new and upgraded beamlines planned for Diamond-II.

As the Detector Group Lead you will be overseeing the construction, installation, commissioning, and operation of the detector systems. 

You will also be responsible for:

  • Delivering and maintaining appropriate detectors for all beamlines within the available budget and timescale required. The smooth and reliable operation of detectors on beamlines. Providing technical leadership and strategy by establishing a long-term vision for the detector programme at Diamond. Periodically revise it to align with the changing priorities of Diamond. Management and professional development of the detector group team of staff. Budgetary responsibility for the detector operations and relevant upgrade projects. Establishing and maintaining links with detector groups at other synchrotrons and related institutions. Engaging with, and providing expertise and consultancy to, Quantum Detectors Ltd – the Diamond and STFC spinout tasked with commercialising in-house developed detector technology.

The availability of a test beamline at Diamond allows the detector group to evaluate the performance of innovating detector technologies and their application to synchrotron X-ray experiments. Close cooperation with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory enables access to other world-class facilities as well as the interaction with world-leading detector developers.

About you

You will hold a degree in physics or electronic engineering or demonstrate significant equivalent experience.

You will demonstrate:

  • The ability to successfully motivate and manage a team of scientists, engineers, and technicians. Experience of delivery of projects and project management including budgetary and resource management responsibility. A proven track record of research in an appropriate field of science related to ionising radiation detectors. A knowledge of the evolving landscape of spectroscopic, position sensitive and other detector technologies. An understanding of the principles of the interaction of radiation with matter. Experience in the operation of ionising radiation detectors.


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.

The closing date for applications is 11th September 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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