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Principal Beamline Scientist – X-ray spectroscopy / magnetic imaging

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We now have an opportunity for a Principal Beamline Scientist as part of our magnetic materials group on Diamond’s beamline I06

Principal Beamline Scientist – X-ray spectroscopy / magnetic imaging

Harwell, Oxfordshire

Salary £55,097 - £74,545

Full time / Flexible hours considered

Ref: 10685

A unique opportunity to join Diamond’s I06 beamline and lead on the development of state-of-the-art capabilities for magnetic imaging and spectroscopy.

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, producing beams of light 10 billion times brighter than the sun to probe the structure and composition of matter and drive innovation in everything from vaccines to nanotech.

About the Role

We now have an opportunity for a Principal Beamline Scientist as part of our magnetic materials group on Diamond’s beamline I06.  This group operates four beamlines, performing research on quantum materials using soft X-ray spectroscopy, scattering and microscopy techniques (I06, I10), soft X-ray RIXS (I21), and hard resonant and non-resonant X-ray scattering (I16). I06 uses an intense polarised soft X-ray beam (80eV-2100eV) to study magnetic phenomena using primarily Photo-Emission Electron Microscopy (PEEM) or a 6T superconducting vector magnet for X-Ray Magnetic Circular/Linear Dichroism. We also perform soft X-Ray Resonant Diffraction (SXRD) on the beamline. 

This is a unique opportunity to lead on a variety of improvements we are making to our facility including the commissioning and exploitation of an aberration corrected PEEM instrument that will offer state of the art capabilities for magnetic imaging and will be operational later this year. We are also upgrading our synchrotron to a low-emittance lattice, alongside major investments in experimental facilities, computation, and infrastructure as part of our multi-million-pound Diamond-II upgrade programme, which this role will contribute to. 

Further responsibilities will include:

·      Managing a beamline team (3 scientists, 1 PDRA, 1 technician)

·      Leading the development of polarised soft x-ray spectroscopy and microscopy

·      Leading and developing the beamline operation and upgrade programmes

·      Conducting you own internationally competitive in-house research programme, primarily on I06, but also on our other facilities 

About You

You will have a relevant first degree along with a second degree in an area related to x-ray studies of condensed matter physics in magnetic materials, or you will demonstrate significant equivalent experience. 

You will also demonstrate experience in an active research program in a field relevant to the use of the polarised soft x-ray techniques and be able to highlight your personal contributions to research publications and demonstrate international recognition for your work. 

You should be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and presentational skills, with the ability to interact effectively with staff and facility users at all levels as well as successfully managing a team. 

You will be self-motivated with excellent organisational and planning skills.


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 closing date for applications is 12th of December 2021, interviews will be being held in early to mid-January 2022.