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Operations Support Technician for Macromolecular Crystallography Group

Job Location: 
Didcot, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Job Title / Reference: 
Operations Support Technician for Macromolecular Crystallography Group - 0011/17/CH
Post details: 
Full time / 3 year Fixed Term Contract
£19,580 to £23,035 (Discretionary range to £26,490)
Application deadline: 
Sunday, March 26, 2017
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Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located on the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire a 20 minute drive south of Oxford in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Diamond Light Source conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science and offers rewarding career opportunities covering both technical and scientific disciplines.

For further details on applying for employment at Diamond, please visit our 'Application Form' page.

Appointments will be made depending on the skills and experience of the candidate. Electronic Diamond application forms in MS-Word are preferred. These should be emailed to


The macromolecular crystallography group at Diamond comprises 7 beamlines dedicated to life science studies, from high throughput highly automated facilities through to world first, technically challenging macromolecular crystallography beamlines. Significant advances in automation have been made which drive a demanding and diverse user programme and which require further developments and support to fully exploit.

Diamond is looking to recruit an Operations Support Technician to join the Life Science Division. The position will provide general assistance for our scientific user programme organising the receipt, registration, storage and distribution of samples delivered to Diamond on a daily basis and maintaining the storage facilities and tools associated with this. A majority of the samples received are at cryogenic temperatures. The successful applicant will have good IT (Word, Excel, etc) and administration skills. During periods where the facility is providing experimental access to users there is an expectation that the post holder will provide basic support to users in the early evening (17:00 – 19:00).

This post provides an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic person to contribute to the continued success of a world-leading scientific facility.

To handle logistics of receiving and returning user samples delivered to Diamond for the MX village to ensure efficient use of the beamlines. Oversee maintenance of associated  tools and equipment and provide basic support to users starting at 17:00/18:00.

Duties / Responsibilites

To support the MX Village in the following areas:

  • Provide basic support to facility users between the hours of 17:00 – 19:00;
  • Ensure delivered samples are collected from stores, registered and stored;
  • Ensure correct storage – e.g. temperature control, liquid nitrogen as appropriate;
  • Prepare, to a schedule, cryogenic and non-cryogenic samples for delivery to on-site scientific facilities;
  • Maintain accurate computerised records for inter and intra logistics and sample tracking;
  • Assist with housekeeping tasks, maintaining the storage area, handling tools and sample transport containers;
  • Relocate parcels / deliveries to storage compounds / locations;
  • Assist with packaging items/goods for dispatch;
  • Plus general admin duties.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • 5 GCSEs including Maths and English or equivalent;
  • Ability to interact effectively and diplomatically with staff and facility users at all levels;
  • Proven organisational skills with good attention to detail;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Willingness to help and the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Capable of carrying out mechanical tasks and manual handling;
  • Flexible approach to work;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Good IT skills, including MS Office Suite.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Experience of working in a stores environment;
  • Experience of cryogenics;
  • Experience of Linux operating system;
  • Experience in working within a scientific or academic environment.
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