Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics

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 Department of Physics is with a staff of about 350 scientists and educators one of the largest departments within Lund University. There are seven research divisions and a number of research centra within the department. The research activities at the department cover a broad spectrum of modern physics.

The Division of Synchrotron Radiation Physics ( is a part of the Department of Physics and has more than 40 employees. A strong focus of the research is experimental studies of electronic, structural and chemical properties of materials using synchrotron radiation, advanced lasers as well as high resolution Scanning Probe microscopy in combination with nanoscale engineering.  

We would like to hire a researcher in the direction of surface structure determination of model catalysts and in situ studies of catalytic reactions under industrially relevant conditions using a combination of several lab and synchrotron-light based methods. The reaction which will be in focus is hydrogenation of CO2 and NH4 oxidation over model catalysts. A large part of the work will be done at the MAXIV laboratory in Lund and DESY/PETRA III in Hamburg.

Work description

The work includes structure determinations and reaction studies of model catalysts, such as oxide films on single crystalline metals and powder samples are included in the work. As the experiments generate a significant amount of data, a large amount of data analysis including programming is included in the work. Independent development work of advanced experimental equipment as well as of software is included in the work. The work includes a significant amount of travel, production of research reports and presenting research work at scientific conferences. Some supervision of PhD students is to be expected in the work.



  • A PhD in physics/chemistry/nano science.
  • Very good knowledge in English.
  • Documented scientific work and scientific production. 
  • Experience in synchrotron radiation work with an emphasis of surface science.


  • Experience with situ high energy surface x-ray diffraction and ambient pressure XPS, oxide growth and gas handling/reactivity is a merit.
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment In accordance to agreement for two years
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/1194
  • Edvin Lundgren, Professor, +46 46 222 4154
  • My Geborek, HR Officer, +46462229562
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 19.Apr.2018
Last application date 03.May.2018 11:59 PM CET

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