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Beamline Scientist, I04-1/XChem

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The world-first XChem facility at Diamond offers routine and fast crystal-based fragment screening to academia and industry.

Beamline Scientist, I04-1/XChem

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary £33,963 - £39,955 / £45,949, dependent upon skills and experience

Full time or Part time considered – minimum 20 hours

3 Years fixed term

Ref No: 10582



About Us

Diamond Light Source is one of the world’s most advanced scientific facilities. We’re home to the UK’s synchrotron light source – a giant microscope producing beams of light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. Probing the structure and composition of matter, our work drives innovation in everything from vaccines to nanotech.

About the Role

The world-first XChem facility at Diamond offers routine and fast crystal-based fragment screening to academia and industry. The platform supports all steps from crystal soaking and harvesting to data collection and analysis. It is part of the MX beamline I04-1 and is shared with the XChem industrial group.

To ensure Diamond can continue to meet demand and ensure long-term sustainability and development of the facility, we are now recruiting a Beamline Scientist into the XChem team on a 3 year fixed term basis, to support academic and industrial users with experiments and service work, develop new fragment-related methodologies, and help expand the XChem offering beyond hit identification. 

About You

The nature of the role requires graduate or postdoctoral experience in crystallography and crystallization, but additionally someone highly organised and with the natural authority necessary to assist users productively. First-hand experience in crystallographic fragment screening and compound development is highly 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. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable. 

We take an active approach to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our activities at Diamond, with a dedicated commitment to ensuring we provide a fulfilling and enjoyable place to work, where all staff feel valued and recognised for their individual contribution. 

To Apply

Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role. 

Diamond is a thriving international organisation, attracting a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world. Our staff currently comprises 44 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us. 

The closing date for applications is 5th August 2021, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.