Beamline Scientist - XFEL Hub

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

The XFEL Hub at Diamond Light Source is seeking a Beamline Scientist for a full time, permanent position. This person will help with the activities of the Hub and its mission to enable and promote dynamic structural biology at Diamond and at X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs). To this end, the Hub is developing tools and methods to enable time-resolved serial crystallography experiments conducted at near-physiological temperatures, especially at XFELs but also at Diamond MX beamlines. We are also working to develop freeze-quench strategies to trap reaction intermediates for analysis by complementary approaches including structural and spectroscopic methods. The scientist will help the XFEL Hub execute a variety of R&D plans, which when successful, will yield robust and routine time-resolved serial crystallography strategies/results at Diamond, Diamond II, and at XFEL facilities. The candidate will also peruse R&D projects that are complementary to the mission of the Hub.

The position will very likely include international travel to XFEL facilities in the USA (LCLS), Japan (SACLA), South Korea (PAL-XFEL), Switzerland (SwissFEL) and Germany (European XFEL) for data collection along with members of the Hub and the international research community.

About You

Excellent interpersonal communication skills, an ability to collaborate in large and complex groups, as well as adherence to best scientific practices are all vital to the position.

Prior hands-on experience with macromolecular crystallography at a synchrotron is required. Serial synchrotron crystallography experience is highly desirable.

Serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) experience at an XFEL facility is not strictly required but is highly desirable. Moreover, the direct hands-on XFEL experience with time resolved SFX methods at one or more XFEL facilities is ideal.


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.

Business Area
Full Time Salary
£33,963 to £39,955 per annum (Discretionary range to £45,949)
Post Type
Full time / Permanent
Closing Date
Ref No


Other information


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 44 different nationalities.  Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (77% men and 23% women as at March 2021). Therefore, in accordance with law and good practice, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women. 

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level One.