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Software Engineer

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Software Engineer

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

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

Full time

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared, and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

About the Role

We now have an opportunity for a Software Engineer within the Diamond Data Acquisition (DAQ) group to support and develop the Generic Data Acquisition (GDA) software for experiments at Diamond. These experiments use X-rays to analyse samples under different experimental conditions and are performed on experimental facilities (beamlines) which are part of Diamond’s Imaging & Microscopy (I&M) and Spectroscopy Science Groups. These beamlines cover a wide range of scientific disciplines from chemistry and catalysis to environmental and life sciences, materials science, medicine, hard condensed matter, and cultural heritage.

The DAQ group develops software to interface with and control the hardware which allows experiments to be performed and monitored as well as guiding the end user to tools for data reduction and analysis. The group works closely with scientists, motion, and controls engineers to continuously develop and improve software solutions for scientific data acquisition and on-the-fly monitoring and data analysis. Typical experiments will generate tens of terabytes of data per day.

The I&M experimental setups at Diamond are becoming highly automated, enabling adaptive experiments that take account of changes to the sample or its environment to be configured. This provides an exciting opportunity to lead in the development of bespoke software to make experiments autonomous.

This role involves contributing to the development of software for several I&M and Spectroscopy beamlines.

As a Software Engineer in the DAQ Group you will work alongside other software engineers supporting a range of experimental techniques and developing GDA capabilities in an open and collaborative environment. You will be required to interact with scientists and translate their specifications for scientific capabilities into software requirements. You will liaise with controls and motions engineers to put these requirements into action. You will also potentially participate in international collaborations within this domain, sharing best practice and supporting other facilities and synchrotrons within the collaboration.

About You

·      Qualified to degree level in a STEM subject with experience in the full Software Development Lifecycle.

·      Experience using modern high-level language.

·      An understanding of good software design principles and design for usability.

·      Experience of working with large and complex code bases would be an advantage.

·      Experience of Python, Java, Spring, JMS message-oriented middleware, Java RMI, the HDF5 file format and the Eclipse RCP platform.

·      You should display good communication, interpersonal and analytical skills, with personal interest or experience in a science environment.


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.