Beamline Control Systems - Group Leader

Diamond Light Source
Harwell, UK
£55,097 - £74,545
Closing date
18 Dec 2022

Job Details

Beamline Control Systems - Group Leader

Harwell, Oxfordshire

Salary £55,097 - £74,545

Full time / Flexible hours considered

Reference: 10948

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.

Software helps to enable the world-leading science performed at Diamond. Our software systems facilitate operations at all levels, including the low-level control of synchrotron and beamline hardware.  

About the Role

We now have an opportunity for a Beamline Control Systems Group Leader who will provide leadership and management of the design, development, commissioning, and operational support of distributed controls systems to support the design, development and operation of the beamlines and experiment station at Diamond, as well as the technical development and support of control system software.

The role will work closely with the Data Acquisition Group Leader, to jointly manage the aligned controls and data acquisition teams and develop overall technical direction for beamline control systems and data acquisition. The role will work in close collaboration with other software and IT groups in Diamond to deliver an integrated service.

You will be responsible for the line management and development of the beamline controls staff of eighteen.

The Diamond Photon beamlines and experiment station are controlled through a distributed, heterogeneous computing environment, using embedded systems for direct control of the instrumentation, together with Linux workstations for the operator interfaces. The software makes extensive use of the open-source EPICS Control System tool kit ( with EPICS servers interfaced to underlying hardware. For large area pixel detectors, the EPICS Area Detector extensions are used to provide high data rate paths to parallel file systems and streaming data to client applications. The client applications comprise general-purpose tools for synoptic display management, alarm handling and archiving, as well as bespoke tools to manage the data acquisition processes

About You

You will hold an Honours degree in physics, electrical engineering, computer science or similar, and demonstrate relevant experience.

You will demonstrate extensive experience in the software design and/or programming of industrial or scientific systems, as well as knowledge and experience in:

  • Modern programming languages and techniques. Developing software in a real time distributed control environment. Developing in a Unix environment. Developing with a source code control and structured release environment. Using software testing and debugging tools and developing automated test harnesses. Operation of accelerators. EPICS toolkit. Photon beamlines and experiment stations.

Knowledge of Interfacing and readout of high-speed area detectors and an appreciation of synchrotron light-based science will also be an advantage.


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 initial closing date for applications is 18th December, however, applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis until this vacancy is filled.


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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