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.

FemtoMAX is an ultrafast beamline on the Short Pulse Facility (SPF) at MAX IV, utilizing femtosecond time-resolved X-ray techniques to enable studies of the structural dynamics of materials. You will join a team of scientists and research engineers who are developing the capabilities and performance of the beamline which is currently within its commissioning phase of development. We are looking for highly motivated scientists to complement our team. Depending on the quality and skills of the candidates, we may recruit one or two people.

Your responsibilities will include:

• working with the commissioning of FemtoMAX
• being part of a research team carrying out experiments using femtosecond time-resolved X-ray techniques
• contributing to the development and maintenance of the beamline

List of tasks/responsibilities:

• 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


• Helping to maintain the laser systems at FemtoMAX, including:
o High-level tasks (for example, alignment)
o Necessary maintenance such as water and filter changes
• Experience in instrument control software, automation and control


• A PhD degree in a relevant subject (Physics, Chemistry or similar degree)
•  Experience in using ultrafast X-ray sources
• Research experience in fields of relevance to the user program at FemtoMAX
• Knowledge of using femtosecond lasers and short-pulse technology
• Demonstrated computing programming skills
• Excellent command of English (both written and oral)
• Ability to work independently and in small teams

 The following are considered to be an asset:

• Documented track-record of maintaining a laser system
• Experience in working with hard X-rays
• Knowledge of programming using Matlab and Python.

Any other Relevant Information

You must expect to perform some work out of normal working hours, including weekends, during MAX IV operation cycles. There will be occasional requirements to travel within Sweden and overseas.

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

Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/1217
  • Jörgen Larsson, +46 46 222 3099
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 05.Nov.2018
Last application date 07.Nov.2018 11:59 PM CET

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