Lunds universitet, MAX IV,

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 an internationally recognized scientist with a strong scientific network in the field of biology, chemistry or life sciences using synchrotron radiation to join our management team as Science Director. Are you up for this challenge and can you add valuable complementary competence to our organization?

Then this is a unique opportunity to shape the facility and the chemical and life sciences program at MAX IV for the next decade. At MAX IV you will be part of a growing organization with very high visibility and impact far beyond MAX IV itself. You have the opportunity to work closely with our host Lund University, other national and international universities and synchrotron radiation facilities as well as with local partners such as Science Village Scandinavia and the European Spallation Source.                        

You will closely collaborate with our newly appointed Physical Sciences Director, who is starting work in March 2018. You will take over the position from the present Life Sciences Director who is moving to a new position outside of MAX IV where he will be part of facilitating the use of synchrotrons and neutron facilities in industry related research and innovation within academia, institutes and companies.

The position is a permanent position as researcher at MAX IV with a renewable 5-year assignment as Science Director.

Work tasks
The capabilities and capacity of MAX IV will continue to grow for at least another decade. As Science Director you will partially initiate and lead the work to realize such growth as well as be responsible for leading and operating the science activities related to life sciences, biology and chemistry at Sweden’s largest research infrastructure. This requires scientific creativity, an ability to reach out and connect to top-researchers in Sweden and around the world, as well as working on obtaining the funding to realize the scientific ambitions. This work is done in very close collaboration with the Physical Sciences director.

Today the Life Science Director is responsible for three groups containing several beamlines each, as well as the Controls & IT group, the Users Office and ILO. You will be line manager for five group managers and responsible for negotiating goals, follow up on budgets and tasks related to systematic work environment. 
You will be part of the MAX IV management team. As member of the management team you share the responsibility for operation, development and visibility of the laboratory as a whole. Leading and developing people on all levels is an important part of your tasks. We are working actively to incorporate new complementary expertise, increase diversity and to strengthen the MAX IV team and for opening the facility to new user communities.
- PhD in biology, chemistry, medicine or a related area with own experience of research using a research infrastructure like a synchrotron, free electron laser or a neutron source.
- Internationally recognized scientist with a strong scientific network in the field of biology, chemistry or life sciences.
- Proven leadership in academia or industry.
- A scientific network in Sweden and experience of Swedish or EU funding applications is a definite merit.
- Experience from building synchrotron instrumentation or leadership experience from a synchrotron radiation facility will be a definite merit.
- Experience in leading controls & IT work is a merit.
- Talent and interest in communicating science is a benefit.
- Teaching experience at university level will also be meriting.
- You are fluent in English oral and written, Swedish is seen as a definitive merit.

Interviews are scheduled in two rounds: 1st interviews: April (9), 10, 11, 12, 13
2nd interviews: April (23), 24, 26, 27

In your application we appreciate your CV, names of three potential references and a vision for science at MAX IV until 2023.

Type of employment Contrat de durée indéterminée
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/597
  • Christoph Quitmann, +46462224733
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 25.Feb.2018
Last application date 26.Mar.2018 11:59 PM CET

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