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.

We are looking for a scientist / postdoc to work as a part of the HIPPIE beamline team for during two years’ time. The HIPPIE beamline, on the 3 GeV ring of MAX IV, is dedicated to ambient pressure x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (APXPS) and accepted its first regular users in early 2018. To our users we offer different sample environments for the study of e.g. catalysis, electrochemistry, thin film growth and liquid jets. Likewise, we offer our users the possibility of simultaneous APXPS, PM-IRAS and mass spectroscopy investigations. In addition to user operation we continue to commission the beamline and end station.

The work tasks of the scientist / postdoc include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • development of her/his own scientific project within the possibilities and capabilities of the beamline and collaboration with user groups,
  • interaction with and support of general and expert users,
  • active participation in the continued commissioning of the beamline and end station in collaboration with the entire beamline team.

The scientific project of the researcher can also make use of other beamlines at MAX IV or at other synchrotron radiation facilities. The general surface science environment of MAX IV (which includes a scanning tunnelling microscopy laboratory) can also be employed.

The active collaboration with users to forward the scientist's / postdoc's own research project as well as the projects of users is highly desirable as is the collaboration with the SPECIES beamline for APXPS and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering on the 1.5 GeV ring of the MAX IV Laboratory.


  • The successful candidate must hold a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related discipline.
  • Documented extensive experience of performing and interpreting surface science experiments.
  • Documented extensive experience of working with ultrahigh vacuum instrumentation.
  • Documented experience of synchrotron-based spectroscopy and/or microscopy experiments, of working with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and of work with the design and set-up of new surface science instruments are considered an advantage.

The ability work in a team, good communication skills and good command of the English language are mandatory.

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 PA2018/2659
  • Samuli Urpelainen, group manager,
  • Joachim Schnadt,
  • Andrey Shavorskiy,
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64,
Published 05.Sep.2018
Last application date 16.Sep.2018 11:59 PM CET

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