Beam Diagnostics Physicist / Engineer (UK)

Beam Diagnostics Physicist / Engineer (UK)

Advanced Oncotherapy
18th May 2020
Daresbury, United Kingdom
Job Type


Advanced Oncotherapy is an innovative technology business focused on delivering a proton-based
radiotherapy system using technology originally developed and tested at the world- renowned CERN
facility in Switzerland.
Proton beam therapy is likely to play a crucial role in the affordable treatment of cancer in the future.
Advanced Oncotherapy’s system is based on a linear accelerator (‘LIGHT’) technology that is superior
to traditional cyclotron/synchrotron accelerators and significantly less expensive to implement than its
competitors. The company acquired the technology through the acquisition of A.D.A.M. SA, a CERN
spin-off company, in 2013.
The first LIGHT system is being installed and commissioned at our test site at STFC Daresbury, in
the north of England, prior to shipping to our customer sites.
The post holder will be in charge of the installation and commissioning of the beam instrumentation
foreseen in the LIGHT proton therapy accelerator at Daresbury STFC (UK). As a beam
instrumentation expert, he/she will have to coordinate or participate in all the needed tests to
operationalize the instruments in due time. The post holder will have an active role during the beam
commissioning in the control room, by performing measurements, developing analysis tools and
debugging the accelerator. Once commissioning is over, he/she will be involved in the continuous
operation and maintenance of the machine in the control room. The role will involve travel in Europe
and work on shifts.
Key Responsibilities
• Installation and supervision of all the critical Beam Instrumentation;
• Commissioning of the Beam Diagnostics devices and verification of their functionalities
through the LIGHT accelerator control system;
• Beam commissioning in the control room, acting as instrumentation expert reference person
during the daily operations.
• Write or give feedback on all work instruction and test procedures needed to install and
bring to operation the beam instrumentation;
• Verify and report beam instrumentation functionalities; provide valuable feedback for future
• Perform on-site inspection/diagnosis and immediate fix-solutions on the installed BD
• Develop data analysis tools during control room operations needed to facilitate and speed
up the beam commissioning and regular operation monitoring;
• Participate into the development of the remaining Beam Diagnostics devices for the LIGHT
• Masters (or PhD) degree in Physics or Electronic Engineering;
• At least 3 years work experience in beam instrumentation for particle accelerators;
• A strong technical knowledge of laboratory instruments and measurement techniques;
• Solid background in electronics and analog signal acquisition and processing;
• Good knowledge of RF linear accelerator principles and beam dynamics concepts;
• Experience in development of Python/Matlab scripts for data analysis;
• Have a well organised and methodical approach to work;
• Have experience of cross-functional working and demonstrate an effective collaborative way
of working;
• Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) with the ability to
communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders;
• Highly motivated, proactive and enthusiastic, with the ability to work on own initiative;
• Languages: fluent English, other European languages advantageous.
Advanced Oncotherapy plc
Registered in England and Wales Company Reg No: 05564418 T: +44 (0) 20 3617 8728 E:
Registered office: 3rd Floor, 4 Tenterden Street, London, W1S 1TE
Beam Diagnostics Physicist / Engineer
What we offer
▪ A friendly, multi-cultural environment working in a multi-disciplinary team.
▪ A wide range of tasks and opportunities for learning new skills and techniques.
▪ An initial placement at our new site on the STFC Daresbury campus with the opportunity
to travel to other installation sites in the UK and Europe after c18 months.
▪ A competitive salary, 28 days holiday, private healthcare, 7.5% contribution to pension
Applications to
The HR Director, Bridget Biggar
Please submit a CV and cover letter together with the names of 2 referees, and copies of
qualifications/relevant training.

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