Research Technician (MPL)

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.

The Membrane Protein Laboratory (MPL) at Diamond Light Source is a research and training facility funded by Wellcome to democratise membrane protein structural biology through integrated technologies that support membrane protein production, sample preparation and data collection using the beamlines and microscopes at Diamond.  Recently refunded by Wellcome we are now seeking to expand our support to cover dynamic structural biology at atomic and cellular scales.

 About the Role

The MPL at Diamond Light Source is seeking a research technician for a full-time, 3 year, fixed-term position.  The successful candidate will support the molecular biology, protein production, crystallisation and electron microscopy platforms within the MPL. As a research technician, you will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of equipment such as liquid handlers, imaging systems and custom HPLCs. You will provide training and support in their use to Diamond staff as well as visiting scientists from all over the world. You will provide general day-to-day laboratory support for a diverse range of medically relevant research projects proposed by the wider membrane protein community. Previous examples have involved establishing the structural rational of an antimicrobial resistance mechanism or working towards understanding the molecular basis of childhood dementia. 

About you

You will have excellent interpersonal communication skills, an ability to collaborate in large and complex groups, a keenness to overcome problems as well as adherence to best scientific practices that are all vital to this position.

Prior hands-on experience with protein purification or mammalian cell culture is essential, while experience of working with membrane proteins, protein crystallisation or single-particle EM is highly desirable.


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.

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
£26,399 to £31,058 per annum
Post Type
Full time / Fixed term
3 years
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.