Senior Diagnostics Physicist/Engineer

Diamond Light Source
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire
£43,790 to £51,517 per annum dependent upon skills and experience
Closing date
18 Jun 2023

Job Details

Senior Diagnostics Physicist/Engineer

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

£43,790 to £51,517 per annum dependent upon skills and experience

Full time

26 Months Fixed Term

Reference: 11084

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.

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.

About the Role

Please note: this is a 26 months fixed term contract.

We now have an opportunity for a Senior Diagnostics Physicist/Engineer to join our Diagnostics team in the development of state-of-the-art instrumentation enabling world class scientific research to take place at Diamond.

The Diagnostics group provides a variety of instrumentation and feedback systems to act as the “eyes and ears” throughout the particle accelerator and beamline complex, characterising the electron and photon beams, and thus enabling control and delivery of high-quality beams for the scientific user community.

This role will define, design, and deploy state-of-the-art custom RF instrumentation for world leading beam diagnostics. A key element of the role is the delivery of new diagnostics instrumentation for the future accelerator upgrade Diamond-II featuring RF design and characterisation, electronics design including PCB layouts, and developing prototypes to ensure suitability for production at scale. Duties also include the maintenance, research and development of existing diagnostics instrumentation and feedback systems. You will apply knowledge and do hands-on practical work in the lab, on the accelerator and beamlines.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining a current knowledge of other comparable projects and communicating with scientists and engineers at other international facilities and conferences;
  • Co-ordinating relationships with suppliers to procure and deliver services, equipment or expertise;
  • Collaborating with the other groups to identify areas of research that would help to further improve diagnostics systems. 

About You

Suitable candidates should be qualified to degree level in Physics or Engineering, or demonstrate significant equivalent experience, with a relevant post graduate qualification desirable.

All candidates should demonstrate knowledge and experience of experimental techniques, data analysis, RF systems and electronics development. Knowledge and experience in beam diagnostics is beneficial.

You will demonstrate good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills, with the ability to interact effectively with staff and facility users at all levels.


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 and 2 annual volunteering days, 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

Applicants are required to outline their suitability for this role via the online application process. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

The closing date for applications is 18th June 2023, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.


Diamond 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. 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.

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

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