Lunds universitet, MAX IV, Diffraction & Scattering

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

MAX IV is a Swedish national large-scale research laboratory hosted by Lund University. It provides scientists from Sweden as well as internationally, with state-of-the-art instrumentation for research in areas such as engineering, physics, structural biology, chemistry and nanotechnology. Fully developed it will receive more than 2 000 scientists annually, conducting ground-breaking experiments in materials and life sciences using the brilliant X-ray light. As a national laboratory, MAX IV is operated in agreement with governmental regulations, and in compliance with major funders such as the Swedish Research Council (VR) and the Wallenberg Foundation. 250 people are currently employed at MAX IV Laboratory, and 16 beamlines are funded. The facility is in a ramp-up phase with 3 beamlines now receiving users and 13 more scheduled to be commissioned and built to receive users within the next few years. The facility is dimensioned for 25-28 beamlines.

We are looking for a scientist to assist with development and commissioning of the FemtoMAX beamline. FemtoMAX is an ultrafast beamline on the Short Pulse Facility (SPF) at MAX IV, utilizing ultrafast X-ray techniques to enable studies of the structural dynamics of materials. You will be part of a team developing the capabilities and performance of the beamline which is currently within its commissioning phase of development. Your responsibilities will include providing user support, in particular, in the scientific areas of low density matter (LDM) and atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) science, and to maintain the laser systems at FemtoMAX.

Your tasks will involve:
- Contributing to the development of the MAX IV FemtoMAX beamline, including:
        o helping with the commissioning of FemtoMAX
        o being part of a research team carrying out experiments using femtosecond
           time- resolved X-ray techniques
        o developing the capabilities and performance of the beamline
- Providing user support, in particular for:
        o low density matter (LDM)
        o atomic, molecular, optical (AMO) science
- Maintaining the laser systems at FemtoMAX, including:
        o High-level tasks (for example, alignment)
        o Necessary maintenance such as water and filter changes
        o Training approved people in the operation of the laser systems
        o Supervision of safe working practices

You will have the following qualifications:

  • A PhD degree in Physics, Chemistry or similar degree
  • Experience in using ultrafast X-ray sources
  • Documented experience in pump and probe studies of atoms and molecules.
  • Research experience in fields of relevance to the user program at FemtoMAX
  • Knowledge of using femtosecond lasers and short-pulse technology
  • Documented track-record of maintaining a laser system
  • Experience of implementing laser safety regulations
  • Demonstrated computing programming skills
  • Excellent command of English, communication skills and team working skills
  • Ability to work independently

The following are considered to be an asset:

  • Experience in working with hard X-rays
  • Knowledge of programming using Matlab and Python

Recommendation letters will be important to verify the care and skill of the candidate. First round interviews will be held in August.

A probationary period will apply.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As per agreement
Salary Montly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/1212
  • Jörgen Larsson, +46 46 222 3099
Published 27.Jun.2018
Last application date 13.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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