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 with focus on in-situ chemistry/catalysis studies in energy range 2.4-40 keV. It is in commissioning phase and is expected to go into user operation from 2019.

We are now looking for a scientist with strong background and interest in hard X-ray synchrotron radiation instrumentation, preferably in X-ray absorption spectroscopy or X-ray emission spectroscopy. You are expected to lead the assembly and installation of instrumentation of the highly complex experimental station and participate in its commissioning. In the operations phase you will share responsibility for operation and user support, maintenance, and further development of the beamline. The user support involves contact with the users before, during and after their experiments in order to make sure that all necessary technical preparations and other prerequisites are in place for a successful experiment and data analysis. The nature of the participation in user support will depend on the interests and the profile of the successful candidate. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage in research and development projects at the beamline with a very active Scandinavian user community and get own beam time share for in-house research projects as well as apply for user beamtime.

The successful candidate must have following qualifications:

  • PhD in natural sciences or engineering subjects of relevance for hard X-ray beamlines and solid background in the techniques and technologies relevant for the Balder beamline: hard x-ray XAS and/or XES.
  • Demonstrated experience in working at synchrotron radiation facilities preferably as beamline staff.
  • Demonstrated practical experience of designing, developing, running, and maintaining equipment relevant for beamline measurements including sample environments, gas handling systems and detector systems.
  • Excellent command of English, both oral and written, good communication skills, and good team working skills including also ability to work independently and plan your own time.

Merit will be given for the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated practical experience in techniques auxiliary to XAS/XES: XRD, IR, UV-vis, Raman etc.
  • Computer literacy: expected skills include knowledge of Python and basics of Linux.
  • User-level knowledge of control system architecture and software.

Probationary period may apply.

Type of employment Tillsvidareanställning
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/2290
  • Conny Såthe, +46709323673
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64,
Published 25.Jun.2018
Last application date 15.Sep.2018 11:59 PM CET

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