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Senior Software Engineer Team Leader (ISPyB)

Diamond Light Source

Location: Harwell
Salary: £43,790 to £59,245
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 2nd September 2021
Closes: 26th September 2021
Job Ref: 10620

Senior Software Engineer Team Leader (ISPyB)

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary £43,790 - £51,517 (Discretionary range to £59,245), dependent upon skills and experience

Full time / Flexible hours considered. Full time or Part time considered

Reference: 10620


About Us

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.

Scientific Software, Controls and Computation (SSCC) software and computing systems support activities that extend from when a “Diamond user” applies to the User Office for beam time, through to pre-experiment planning, on to the life cycle of conducting the experiment and to post-experimental analysis. It extends from the control of the instruments, managing the experiment and the data analysis through to the deposition of the resulting data and metadata into the data archive and catalogue. It supports the transfer of data to the home institute and the capturing of publication information. It is critical to the running of Diamond as a world leading Research Institution.

About the Role

We have an opportunity for a Senior Software Engineer Team Leader to lead a team developing software and databases to manage the ISPyB/SynchWeb applications and APIs that provide experimental information management systems for instruments at Diamond. ISPyB provides a back-end data model and service to collect metadata, with SynchWeb providing the main web-based user interface. The services support shipping of samples, visualisation of processing pipelines and facility wide statistics.

The role will develop the services to meet the need of the science community at Diamond and further afield and contribute to the ISPyB collaboration that develops the system, as well as contributing to the development of software across the whole of SSCC.

About You

The candidate we are looking for will be committed to the development of excellent software services, focussed on the needs of scientists. This is an ideal role for someone with experience of technical development either with line management experience or with an enthusiasm to develop these skills. You should understand what is required to deliver the whole service ensuring resilience and responsiveness in the services that are provided.

We are looking for:

  • Ability to lead and mentor small teams of technical or administrative roles
  • Good interpersonal, communication  and presentational skills and the ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels
  • Use of software development frameworks and applications
  • Experience of programming languages such as JavaScript, PHP and Python, and software tools for delivering and visualising large complex data
  • Use of information or data management and models in the context of data analysis and processing


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

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.

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