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Beamline Scientist, I15-1

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The XPDF (I15-1) Beamline at Diamond Light Source is the first dedicated X-ray Pair Distribution Function instrument of its kind in Europe.

Beamline Scientist, I15-1

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary £33,963 to £39,955 per annum, dependent upon skills and experience

Full time / Flexible hours considered.

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron source and a leading scientific facility of its type in the world. Located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in South Oxfordshire, we enable cutting edge research across a broad range of scientific disciplines and industrial applications.

About the Role

The XPDF (I15-1) Beamline at Diamond Light Source is the first dedicated X-ray Pair Distribution Function instrument of its kind in Europe. This beamline performs experiments to study the local structure of materials from a vast range of scientific fields such as catalysis, energy materials, and pharmaceuticals. The beamline is in the process of a major upgrade which has decently delivered a high-throughput robotic sample changer and later in the year will include an upgraded end-station and bespoke detector.

We are seeking a permanent Beamline Scientist with a strong background in local structure analysis and experience with PDF analysis software, such as PDFgui, DiffPy-CMI, TOPAS, RMCProfile or EPSR. The scientist is expected to contribute to the technical development of the beamline, assist in the installation and commissioning of beamline components, to provide user support, and to carry out research in areas relevant to the beamline.

About You

You should have a PhD degree in chemistry, physics, materials science or related fields.

You will have experience with synchrotron diffraction and total scattering methods.

You will be able to demonstrate an independent research program and knowledge of X-ray instrumentation.

Prior experience of supporting research at a facility is desirable.


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.

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 16th May 2021 with interviews scheduled for the 3rd & 4th June 2021.