Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; an important scientific facility which accelerates electrons to near light speeds, to produce a light 10 billion times brighter than the Sun. Our scientists use the light in the experimental beamlines 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
Our accelerators and beamlines are controlled through a distributed control system using embedded controllers for the local control of instrumentation and motion components, together with Linux Workstations for the user interfaces. We make extensive use of open source software, including the EPICS toolkit and use modern source code control techniques. We have many interesting areas of operation including instrumentation, motion control, robotics and automation.
We now have a new opportunity for a skilled and experienced Software Systems Engineer to help us design, develop and maintain software and control systems primarily across our accelerator systems. The successful candidate will work within the accelerator team and will liaise with internal customers to perform requirements gathering and translate those into software requirements, design, development through to deployment and commissioning.
Software applications and services are typically implemented in languages such as C, C++ and Python as well as domain-specific languages for automation, motion control and robotics. Diamond offers extensive training on the relevant technologies, as well as training and seminars on various other topics to support continuous personal learning and career progression.
At the senior level a software systems engineer will include working at a higher level of autonomy, to be able to lead the design process, to manage projects and to take on team leadership or mentoring activities.
You will be educated to degree level in a STEM discipline or demonstrate significant equivalent experience.
Applicants are required to outline their suitability for this role via the online application process. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.
The closing date for applications is 01/03/2020, however applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis until this vacancy is filled.
Life at diamond
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 39 different nationalities. Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (78% men and 22% women as at 5 April 2019). 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.