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Data Analysis Scientist - X-ray and Electron Scanning Microscopy

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About Us Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.

About The Role

We now have an opportunity for a Data Analysis Scientist to add to the extensive expertise within the Diamond Imaging Group, through data processing activities at I08, I14 and the electron microscopy facility, ePSIC, by assisting users in interpeting data, developing new computational methods for both acquisition and analysis and developing expertise in data analysis within the user community (workshops, documentation, tutorials).

Electron and X-ray techniques are used to explore the properties of complex materials across different time and spatial scales and share many common measurement modes (Diffraction, EDS/XRF, EELS/XANES) and can also share new technique developments in areas such as compressed sampling and ptychography.

The Data Analysis Scientist will help drive beamline scientific output and beamline development by working closely with users and Imaging group scientists to improve core capabilities and to develop and introduce new methods also working closely with the experienced software scientists and engineers of the Data Analysis Software Group. This work will impact on how Diamond scientists and users both acquire and process their data and will help to drive research in areas such as photovoltaics or corrosion.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Working in collaboration with software engineers and scientists to implement new functionality and enhance and streamline existing functionality.
  • Looking for opportunities to automate and improve experiment workflows.
  • Collaborating on beamline upgrades and development projects, including taking specific responsibility for certain components of software or data analysis such as the design, development, installation, testing and commissioning phase.
  • Providing specialised data analysis / mathematical knowledge and technical advisory / support function to other departments.
  • Developing your own research and disseminating the results.
  • Assisting in the long-term development of software for the beamlines.

You will also have the opportunity to help others to develop professionally, and to create and deliver new and exciting projects.

About You

You will hold a first degree in a relevant discipline, along with a relevant postgraduate degree, or significant relevant experience.

You will demonstrate data analysis experience from a professional, scientific or technical field, with experience of using advanced mathematics and software engineering techniques for application development.

You will hold practical experience of the full Software Development Lifecycle, with proficiency in technologies such as Java C++ and Python.

Further knowledge or experience in the following areas is desirable:

•        Knowledge of scanning electron or x-ray diffraction e.g. 4D STEM, or related imaging techniques.

•        Knowledge of spectro-microscopy (XANES,EELS).

•        Data management, describing data and exploiting databases for science.

•        Project management.

Above all you will demonstrate a passion to learn and think creatively in the solutions we provide to enable science.

You will display excellent interpersonal, communication and presentational skills. Your ability to work effectively with people from different disciplines is a crucial component to the success of this project; interfacing with scientists and software engineers in the pursuit of scientific excellence, collecting and transforming requirements, and delivering and designing innovative software.


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to ensure an excellent work/life balance including 25 days’ annual leave, 13 days statutory and company holidays, flexible working hours, an onsite nursery, an excellent pension scheme, and social and sporting activities. 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 the 5th January 2020.


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