Lunds universitet, MAX IV, Spectroscopy

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.

The Balder beamline is dedicated to XAS and XES techniques in energy range 2.4-40 keV. The beamline is in commissioning phase at the 3 GeV storage ring at the MAX IV Laboratory and is expected to go into user operation 2019. 

Soil organic matter (SOM) stores a large part of the Earth’s carbon. Yet, our understanding of the molecular processes that control the stability and mobility of SOM is limited. This, in turn, limits our ability to predict how SOM will respond to environmental changes. The fate of SOM is influenced by the complex microbial, chemical and physical interactions in soils, which calls for a cross-disciplinary approach to advance this area of science. One area of particular interest is the interactions between Fe and SOM components, and the role of Fe in SOM redox processes.

We are now looking for a postdoctoral scholar with a strong scientific background in XAFS and/or XES spectroscopy and a focus on biogeochemistry/environmental science to join our teams. This position is shared between the Balder beamline at MAX IV and the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, Lund University. Your research will be conducted within the multidisciplinary research environment  “Molecular Interactions Controlling soil Carbon Sequestration – MICCS”, and your primary research tasks will be to investigate the role of Fe in soil carbon decomposition primarily using XAFS and XES spectroscopy. You are expected to develop new sample environments and experimental protocols to target the critical processes. As part of the Balder beamline team you are expected to participate in support to external users, in maintenance and further development of the beamline. You are also expected to promote X-ray spectroscopy to the biogeochemistry/environmental science community.

The successful candidate must have following qualifications:

  • PhD in the area of geochemistry, soil chemistry, biogeochemistry, physical chemistry or related disciplines completed not more than three years before the date of application.
  • Documented knowledge and practical experience in XAFS spectroscopy methodology (data acquisition and analysis).
  • An interest in the development of sample environment and experimental instrumentation.
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken).
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong drive towards research publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams and interact with a diverse group of scientists and technical staff in a dynamic environment.

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the doctoral degree or equivalent is completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

This is a 2 year temporary employment.


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 PA2018/2165
  • Kajsa Sigfridsson Clauss, Beamline Scientist, +46-733 35 07 24
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.Jun.2018
Last application date 15.Sep.2018 11:59 PM CET

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