Beamline Scientist, I24

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located at Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, we enable world-leading research across a wide range of scientific disciplines and industrial applications.

The Microfocus Macromolecular Crystallography beamline I24 provides a high flux (>10^12 ph/s), versatile X-ray beam (5 - 100 µm). A bespoke end-station, automated sample exchange and two detectors: a silicon Pilatus and new CdTe Eiger, combine to provide a state-of-the-art MX beamline. I24 offers users conventional pin-based cryo-crystallography, room temperature experiments, and serial crystallography of microcrystals. We aim to be at the forefront of MX, developing new approaches for the most demanding structural biology problems, for example through serial approaches which have been successfully used at X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) sources such as SACLA, while the recent addition of a CdTe detector opens up a new field of high energy MX. 

We are looking to recruit a motivated beamline scientist will work closely with the Principal Beamline Scientist in the continuing development of the beamline including design, procurement, construction, commissioning of upgrades as well as ongoing user support. The Beamline Scientist will take an active role in developing new techniques for microfocus data collection and serial sample delivery at I24. Areas currently under active development include implementation of serial techniques both at synchrotrons and XFELs, dynamic crystallography and high energy microfocus data collection. I24 is a well-established, world-leading beamline and this position represents an exciting opportunity to play a key role in I24’s evolution at a time when both methods and sources are evolving rapidly. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally competitive research program in methods development or structural biology that complements the research and development activities at I24 and the Diamond MX village that includes several beamlines and the UK XFEL hub.

Business Area
Full Time Salary
£33,963 to £39,955 per annum (Discretionary range to £45,949)
Post Type
Full time / Permanent
Closing Date
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Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements and secondment opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 39 different nationalities.  Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (78% men and 22% women as at 5 April 2019). Therefore, in accordance with law and good practice, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women. 

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