Senior Laser Support Scientist

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 

We now require a self-motivated candidate to work as a senior support scientist on laser projects supporting the research at Diamond Light Source. The science is related to structural and electronic changes that occur on timescales of femtoseconds to microseconds and are vital to the performance of a wide range of dynamic systems, including optoelectronics, catalysis, ultrafast phase transitions and biological function.

The role has two main responsibilities:

  • Supporting and operating a high rep-rate femtosecond laser (PORTO)and an infra-red laser (QCL) which are used for experiments for pump-probe and time resolved spectroscopy or diffraction measurements. This work will involve working across a number of different beamlines (X-ray instruments) with user groups, the staff of the Central Laser Facility, and with different beamline teams and other staff at Diamond to ensure laser support and instrument developments.
  • Maintaining, and operating a similar suite of femtosecond Coherent lasers in the I06 beamline laser cabin and the recently acquired continuous wave laser for imaging applications.


About You 

You will hold an appropriate science PhD degree or equivalent qualification or experience, along with being self-motivated and flexible.

Experience/Knowledge are required in the following:

  • The use of lasers.
  • Specification and development of laser instrumentation.
  • Windows/ Linux/Unix.
  • Knowledge of synchrotron radiation techniques (Desirable).
  • Experience in the relevant area of science, e.g. spectroscopy, ultrafast science. (Desirable)


You will demonstrate good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills, and the ability to interact effectively with staff and facility users at all levels. 



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 

Applicants are required to outline their suitability for this role via the online application process.

The closing date for applications is 22nd May 2022.

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.