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Computer Systems Administrator

Diamond Light Source

Location: Harwell
Salary: £33,963 to £39,955
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 1st September 2021
Closes: 26th September 2021
Job Ref: 10553

About Us

Diamond Light Source is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world. It houses the UK’s synchrotron light source, producing beams of light 10 billion times brighter than the sun, to probe the structure and composition of matter. From viruses and vaccines, to alternative energy solutions and nanotechnology, it underpins research and innovation for more than 8000 scientists. 

The Diamond Scientific Computing Group provides an extensive computing infrastructure that supports Scientists in their efforts to capture experimental information, process and visualise terabytes of multidimensional data on the fly, and apply complex mathematical, fitting or theoretical models to interpret their results. 

About the Role

An opportunity has arisen in the Scientific Computing team for a talented engineer to help push back the frontiers of science. The team designs, commissions and maintains all of the infrastructure required to enable the operation of the machine, data collection, data analysis and archival. This ranges from high performance computing hardware, through virtualisation and containerised solutions to cloud computing on and off premises.

We are looking for someone who will engage with our scientists and engineers to make best use of modern development and deployment practices and provide best of breed solutions and support. The technical landscape changes at a relentless pace providing opportunities for an innovative engineer to improve performance, resilience and quality of infrastructure. Diamond Light Source is working towards a huge upgrade project that will see the entire synchrotron replaced with a state of the art machine in 2026. This will provide new challenges and opportunities to help drive the cutting edge of scientific research.

Working within a close-knit and highly skilled group, you will collaborate and have the opportunity to support and develop other team members, and to create new projects. Your experience and underlying knowledge will permeate throughout the wider team, leading initiatives and inspiring others. You will have special responsibility to manage the computing requirements of the Diamond controls engineers.

Through collaborating with similar facilities, you will help us to incorporate new methods, technologies and ways of working. You will help us adopt best practice in terms of security, and will contribute to the long term future of Diamond Light Source as a world leading scientific research facility.

About You

You will hold a degree in a STEM subject or demonstrate significant equivalent experience. 

You will have experience in developing and deploying production grade infrastructure. Exposure to configuration management and DevOps tooling is desirable. You will be a keen and tenacious problem solver who is prepared to work with subject matter experts to solve complex issues.

You will display good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills to interact effectively with staff 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. 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 26th September 2021.

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