Mechanical Beamline Technician/ Senior Mechanical Beamline Technician

    Mechanical Beamline Technician/ Senior Mechanical Beamline Technician

    £29,778 to £31,679 (Discretionary range to £36,430), or £37,087 to £40,754 (Discretionary range to £46,868) for the Senior Level, dependent upon skills and experience

    Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire –based onsite.

    Full time / Flexible hours considered.

    Reference: 11374

    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 have an opportunity for a Mechanical Beamline Technician/Senior Mechanical Beamline Technician to support the scientists and technical support groups associated with the beamline during beamline maintenance, commissioning, and operations. The technician will help maintain the equipment already existing on the beamline and will work with the beamline scientists and engineers in designing and installing new beamline equipment as part of upgrades. He/she will also help users to carry out experiments, machining small pieces of equipment such as sample holders, and integrating ancillary equipment into the experimental areas. The post holder will need to ensure that all beamline work is carried out in a safe manner, and that the equipment is appropriately integrated and installed. The technician will work also with other staff from the four beamlines of the Crystallography group to support their operations.

    Beamline I19 at Diamond, is a facility tailored for small-molecule single-crystal diffraction. Our beamline utilises an intense X-ray beam (5-30 keV) to delve into the intricate structural properties of a range of materials of relevance to pure and applied chemistry, as well as industry, and pharmaceutical compounds.

    *Applicants will be considered at either Grade 5 or 6, depending on the strength of your skills, experience, and qualifications. *

    About You

    Ideally you will hold a ONC or GNVQ level 2 qualification although applicants with equivalent work experience will also be considered.

    You should have proven experience in at least one of the following areas: cryogenics, precision mechanics, ultra-high vacuum and high-vacuum, specialist gases, cooling water. As well as familiarity with using quality assurance procedures, work planning and safe systems of work, including risk assessments, permit to work, written SOPs etc.

    For the Senior position you will also have experience:

    · With chilled water, compressed air, domestic water.

    · Of using cranes and slings etc. for heavy lifting.

    · Of line Management


    Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 26 days annual leave plus Christmas closure, public holidays, 2 annual volunteering days and flexible working hours. We also offer an excellent defined benefit 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.

    The closing date for applications is 9th June 2024, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

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