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Senior Support Scientist – SAXS Beamline I22

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We are looking to recruit a Senior Support Scientist, to a position on the Scattering beamline, I22.

Senior Support Scientist – SAXS Beamline I22

Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

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

Full time/Fixed term

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 are looking to recruit a Senior Support Scientist, to a position on the Scattering beamline, I22. The principal role for this post will be to facilitate User support during operations but will also involve assisting in the commissioning of optics components and new end station equipment on I22. Non Crystalline Diffraction is one of the truly synergistic interdisciplinary sectors within UK science and the wider international arena and I22/B21 serve communities in the biological, medical, physical and environmental science communities. The selected candidate will have experience in, at least, one of these areas and be encouraged to participate in individual or collaborative research activities on the beamline and elsewhere.

Beamline I22 (Non Crystalline Diffraction) is a high-flux SAXS/WAXS facility that is optimised for both biological and materials science. The beamline uses an in-vacuum undulator to generate X-rays in the range of 6-21 keV, and delivers a high photon flux into a focused 60 x 240 µm spot. I22’s optical setup and endstation allow for a range of small angle scattering experiments at a variety of beamsizes from ~200 μm down to 10 μm, whilst also allowing for the collection of wide angle scattering data as well. The Sample platform is designed to host a wide range of purpose designed specialized environment cells.

About You

You will have knowledge of Non Crystalline Diffraction/SAXS-WAXS and experience with vacuum systems.

You will have experience or knowledge of beamline controls systems and x-ray optics.

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

You will demonstrate good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills, and 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, 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 24th October.