Electrical Design Engineer

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. Engineering at Diamond enables our scientists to use synchrotron light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.


At Diamond we are currently planning a major upgrade of the facility, known as Diamond-II. Diamond-II will combine a new machine and new beamlines with a comprehensive series of upgrades to optics, detectors, sample environments, sample delivery capabilities and computing, which will ultimately generate an even more brilliant light source at a higher energy.


About the Role

We now have several opportunities for talented Electrical Design Engineers to join our Engineering team to provide electrical engineering design support to the technical systems of the Diamond facility, and to contribute to the Diamond-II upgrade project.

The Engineering team plays a key role in the design, development and construction of the Accelerators and Beamlines that generate and transport light to the scientific samples.

The role is responsible for:

  • Working with internal and external scientific and engineering colleagues to produce electrical systems designs for a variety of projects including precision positioning controls for optical systems, vacuum control systems, machinery controls, safety circuits and LV systems.
  • Developing and applying expertise in technologies such as programmable logic controllers, motion controls, distributed I/O, instrumentation and pneumatic controls.
  • Use of electrical CAD software and AutoCAD to produce schematics, hook-ups and other electrical design documentation.
  • Producing high quality detailed electrical drawings from customers specifications.
  • Contributing to design reviews and system verification and validation.
  • Maintaining and updating engineering drawings and documentation on projects.


About You

Suitable candidates should be qualified to at least HND level or equivalent in Electrical Engineering or a similar relevant discipline, with degree level qualifications desirable.

We are seeking an Electrical Engineer, with experience in the design, manufacture, assembly, testing and commissioning of electrical systems working within a QA environment, who also has an understanding of electrical designs for control and automation systems and, with good working knowledge of AutoCAD and an electrical CAD system.

The successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate design ability in at least two of the following areas:

  • Electrical Rack design.
  • Precision motion control systems using stepper, servo, DC motors and piezo actuators.
  • Vacuum control systems.
  • Safety circuits for personnel and machinery.
  • Low Voltage systems.
  • Programmable logic controllers.
  • Distributed I/O.
  • Pneumatic control systems.
  • Robotic systems.


You will display excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively within a team.



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.

Diamond is a thriving international organisation, attracting a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world. Our staff currently comprises 39 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us.


The closing date for applications is 27th November 2022. Interviews will be held w/c 5th December. 

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, secondment and job share 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, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women. 

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Disability Confident 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 Two.