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Post-Doctoral Research Associate / Senior Accelerator Physicist

Diamond Light Source
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire
£33,963 to £39,955 per annum or £43,790 to £51,517 per annum for the Senior level
Closing date
25 Sep 2022
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Post-Doctoral Research Associate / Senior Accelerator Physicist

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary £33,963 to £39,955 per annum or £43,790 to £51,517 per annum for the Senior level

Full time / 3-year Fixed Term

Ref: 10872

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.

About the Role

The Accelerator Physics (AP) Group is responsible for all AP-related activities and operations at Diamond, including conducting both near and long-term research and development to keep performance at the forefront of accelerators worldwide. The team is currently focussed on the Diamond-II upgrade project, in which the storage ring will be replaced with a high-brightness multi-bend achromat structure. This upgrade will enable x-rays to be generated with unprecedented levels of brilliance, transverse coherence and reduced spatial dimensions, allowing significant advances to be made across a broad range of scientific fields.

We now have an opportunity for a Post-doctoral Research Associate or Senior Accelerator Physicist to join the Diamond Accelerator Physics Group for an initial period of 3 years.

The duties of this role include conducting theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies of the existing and future Diamond accelerators to understand and improve the performance. These studies cover a broad range of activities, including on-going lattice optimisation studies, application of machine learning techniques to improve performance, studying the injection process and developing the tools and techniques required to carry out this work. The role will involve interacting with other technical groups at Diamond.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining a current knowledge of other comparable projects and communicating with scientists at other international facilities and conferences to ensure exchange of knowledge. Developing skills and experience in all areas of Accelerator Physics. Publishing research results in journals and conference proceedings. Delivering high-quality internal reporting and professional advice.

At the Senior level responsibilities will also include:

  • Providing professional leadership and guiding future approach. Building collaborations inside and outside of Diamond. Mentoring and leading more junior staff and students.

Successful applicants will be appointed as either a Post-Doctoral Research Associate or Senior Accelerator Physicist depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

A flexible approach to work is required including some out of hours work in support of accelerator operations and development, as well as occasional UK and overseas travel including overnight absences.

About you

You will hold a PhD in an appropriate branch of Physics with the willingness to develop a deeper knowledge of accelerator physics, along with the following:

  • Knowledge and experience in Accelerator Physics Good experience in the development and use of numerical algorithms to solve Physics problems; ability to handle large scale simulations Ability to solve technical problems, evaluate alternative courses of action, take decisions, and innovate where necessary.

At the Senior role you will also require the following:

  • Extensive knowledge and proven ability in accelerator physics, especially for low emittance storage-rings Experience in lattice design and optimisation using a range of accelerator modelling codes Significant practical experience of carrying out accelerator physics studies on operating particle accelerators.

You will bring with you good communication and presentational skills, initiative, and self-motivation. 


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 25th September 2022, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.


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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