Head of Magnet Engineering

Head of Magnet Engineering

Full time / Flexible hours considered


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.

At Diamond we are currently planning a major multi-million pound 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 an excellent opportunity for a Head of Magnet Engineering (internally titled ‘Head of Magnet Group’) to manage the delivery of high-quality accelerator magnets for the Diamond-II project.

The key duties of the role will include:

  • Managing the magnetic designs of high-quality magnets, covering the full range of permanent magnets, d.c., a.c. and pulsed electromagnets.
  • Managing the delivery of detailed procurement specifications.
  • Coordinating and overseeing the supervision of procurement contracts for the supply of magnets.
  • Managing the setting-up and operation of the required high precision magnetic measurement systems, data collation, analysis, and interpretation.


About You

You will have a Degree in Physics or Engineering or demonstrate significant equivalent experience.

You will demonstrate significant experience of magnetic and mechanical design of electromagnetic and permanent magnets, along with experience of the specification, procurement management, and quality control of magnets.

You will be an experienced people manager with the ability to lead and motivate others.

You will display excellent interpersonal and communication skills.



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 44 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us.

The closing date for applications is  26th June 2022.

Business Area
Full Time Salary
£55,097 to £74,545
Post Type
Full time / Fixed term
5 years
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.