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Beamline Control Systems Group Leader

Diamond Light Source
Harwell, Didcot
£55,097 to £64,821 per annum (Discretionary range to £74,545)
Closing date
6 Nov 2022

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Beamline Control Systems Group Leader

Salary: £55,097 to £64,821 per annum (Discretionary range to £74,545)

Post Type: Full time / Permanent

Ref No: 10913

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 now have an opportunity for a Beamline Control Systems Group Leader who will provide leadership and management of the design, development, commissioning, and operational support of distributed controls systems to support the design, development and operation of the beamlines and experiment station on Diamond. In addition, the technical development and support of control system software. The role will work closely with the Data Acquisition Group Leader, to jointly manage the aligned controls and data acquisition teams and develop overall technical direction for beamline control systems and data acquisition. The role will work in close collaboration with other software and IT groups in Diamond to deliver an integrated service.

The Diamond Photon beamlines and experiment station are controlled through a distributed, heterogeneous computing environment, using embedded systems for direct control of the instrumentation, together with Linux workstations for the operator interfaces. The software makes extensive use of the open source EPICS Control System tool kit ( with EPICS servers interfaced to underlying hardware. For large area pixel detectors, the EPICS Area Detector extensions are used to provide high data rate paths to parallel file systems and streaming data to client applications. The client applications comprise general-purpose tools for synoptic display management, alarm handling and archiving, as well as bespoke tools to manage the data acquisition processes

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Providing technical direction and management for the delivery of new beamline control systems across Diamond. Jointly leading the aligned Beamline Controls and Data Acquisition Teams, in close collaboration with Data Acquisition Group Leader Working in close collaboration with other software and IT groups in Diamond to deliver an integrated service. Line management and development of the beamline controls staff of eighteen and contractors typically of four. Ensuring adherence to Health & Safety policies and compliance with legislation for areas of responsibility across the company.

About You

You will hold an Honours degree in physics, electrical engineering, computer science or similar, and demonstrate relevant experience.

You will demonstrate extensive experience in the software design and/or programming of industrial or scientific systems, as well as knowledge and experience in the following:

  • Modern programming languages and techniques. Developing software in a real time distributed control environment. Developing in a Unix environment. Developing with a source code control and structured release environment. Using software testing and debugging tools effectively and developing automated test harnesses. Operation of accelerators. EPICS toolkit. Photon beamlines and experiment stations.

Knowledge of Interfacing and readout of high-speed area detectors and an appreciation of the synchrotron light-based science would also be an advantage.


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.

The initial closing date for applications is 6th November, however, applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis until this vacancy is filled.


Diamond Light Source is one of the world’s most advanced scientific facilities. We’re home to the UK’s synchrotron light source – a giant microscope producing beams of light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. Probing the structure and composition of matter, our work drives innovation in everything from vaccines to nanotech.

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