IT Security Engineer - MS365

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. 

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities and talented staff are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research.


About The Role

We are now looking for an experienced IT Security Engineer to provide technical expertise and experience to address many aspects of Information Security across Diamond, including software patching, monitoring IT systems, providing advice, and deploying and configuring MS365 tools and technologies to implement integrated security elements. 

Responsibilities will include: 

IT security

  • Implement software patching for CIT systems
  • Work with and support other IT groups at Diamond [Science, Comms, Engineering] to implement and advise on systems patching
  • Review available automated software patching and licensing systems with a view to recommend its use as an automated Diamond wide service
  • Monitor, report and manage IT security activities and controls across diamond with particular focus on MS365 security
  • Participate as required in Project boards, incident management, and work groups to represent IT security providing advice and guidance re security architecture.
  • Advise users and IT teams on best practice re IT security issues and controls
  • Provide the technical expertise for systems security design
  • Monitor and report on IT security compliance, most likely as a regular automated process
  • Document IT security policies as required, for example Software patching policy.


MS365 Security

  • Deploy and configure MS365 tools and technologies to appropriately manage security risks
  • Be the focal point for IT security issues and controls for Windows and MS365 environment
  • Work with the MS365 Product Owner and Head of Cybersecurity Manager to develop mitigation plans for identified IT security risks


During ‘embracing MS365’ project – 2 years approximately

  • Assist “product owner MS365” in leading a programme to implement security features of MS365 to provide optimal security for Diamond
  • The post will be 40% seconded to the project; during this time, the holder will report to the Head of Cyber Security and Information Management


About You

You should be educated to Degree Level or have a combination of education and commensurate work experience. 

You will demonstrate recent relevant experience in operating and supporting a company-wide service, especially with MS365 information architecture and security principles experience.

You will also demonstrate:

  • Relevant experience using MS365 functions and elements, including Azure and defender
  • Microsoft Security Suite and its associated products (Azure Sentinel, Azure Defender, MS365 Defender).
  • Good understanding of and experience with forensics needed following a breach.
  • Good knowledge of principles behind the design and operation of networks, including TCP/IP, routers, switches, and firewall platforms.
  • Good knowledge of common platforms and technologies such as Linux, Windows, Mac, Active Directory.
  • An awareness of the legal environment and its implications for IT operations and services and information management including but not limited to the Data Protection Act and GDPR.
  • Good knowledge of remote access solutions, ideally including SSL based VPNs


You will have a solution focus with good organisation skills, along with excellent communications and interpersonal 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. 

Our aspiration is to be a fulfilling and enjoyable place to work; where all staff feel valued and recognised for their individual contribution, and we provide learning and development activities and opportunities to support career development.


To Apply

Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role.


The closing date for applications is 29th May 2022 however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

Business Area
Full Time Salary
£33,963 to £39,955 per annum (Discretionary range to £45,949)
Post Type
Full time / Permanent
Provisional Interview Dates
Closing Date
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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.