Lund University, Faculty of Science, MAX-Faculty of Science

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The MAX IV Laboratory is a national facility for synchrotron radiation based research placed at Lund University. At the laboratory there is around 175 employees and also the university department MAX Nfak.

The MAX IV laboratory is currently commissioning a 3 GeV linear accelerator and two storage rings to produce synchrotron radiation. The laboratory is engaged in a number of development projects with the focus of improving light sources. A further development of the MAX IV Laboratory towards a Free Electron Laser is being prepared and the buildup of competence for such a source has been initiated.

Free Electron Lasers are, in contrast to synchrotrons, capable of generating synchrotron light with properties similar to lasers. Different methods have been proposed allowing the generation of radiation pulses characterized by a high degree of coherence combined with a few fs (or lower) temporal length.

Job assignments
The main task for the doctoral student will be to conduct research education which includes work with research but also completing graduate courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties to a maximum of 20 %.

The properties of Free Electron Laser pulses are determined by an interplay between the characteristics of the electron beam, the periodic magnetic structure and the electro-magnetic field used to initialize the amplification process. To be able to understand, measure and refine these properties and analyze how they develop in the FEL process, it is necessary to build models and develop methods to study the properties of the generated light. This is the initial part of the project.

In a later part of the project this will be used to acquire knowledge to develop the qualities of the FEL. This can be approached by in detail working on the optical properties but also by looking at the FEL concept as a whole. Of interest is also to develop existing techniques in the context of a future FEL at MAX IV. This can include measurements of properties of the MAX IV linac and undulator technology for FELs.

The project is co-supervised with FERMI@Elettra which opens up possibilities for measurements and tests of the simulation findings on an operating Free Electron Laser.

The successful candidate will be given opportunity to assist in the supervision of master students.

The activities are placed at the MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University. Visits and experiments in Trieste, Italy, and other laboratories may occur. Participation in summer schools and national and international conferences is encouraged.

Other project directions may be possible depending on the specialization of the candidate.

Basis of assessment
Selection to postgraduate studies is based on the expected ability to perform well in the studies. The evaluation of the ability to perform well is based primarily on the results of studies at the basic and advanced levels, in particular:

  • Knowledge and skills relevant to postgraduate studies within the research area, such as a broad and thorough preparation in physics. This can be documented by appended documents.
  • Estimated ability to work independently and the ability to formulate and solve scientific questions. This ability can be established, for example, based on undergraduate research experiences, a Master's thesis or in a discussion of scientific problems during a possible interview.
  • Skills in written and oral communication.
  • Other experience relevant to postgraduate studies, such as professional experience.
  • Good knowledge in Accelerator Physics on master level is an advantage.
  • Experience of Accelerator Physics either by a Master degree project or practical work at an accelerator facility is an advantage.
  • Expericne of simulations of Free Electron Lasers is an advantage.

We consider good cooperation ability, drive and independent work ability as positive personal attributes.

The selection of the successful candidate will be based on the results of studies at the basic and advanced levels, the requirements indicated above, and the ability to cope with the challenges outlined in the anticipated assignments.

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2017-05-01 ar according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/379
  • Francesca Curbis, Senior Lecturer, +46 70 932 33 54,
  • Ragnhild Möller, HR Coordinator, +46 46 222 94 58,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
Published 02.Mar.2017
Last application date 01.Apr.2017 11:59 PM CET

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