Lunds universitet, MAX IV, Controls & IT

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 MAX IV Controls and IT team (KITS) deliver solutions to the whole MAX IV organisation in the areas of control system hardware, controls software applications, infrastructure and networking, information management and scientific software. This is a dynamic and highly challenging environment and requires close collaboration with the staff in order to understand the needs and be effective in forming solutions. We are around 50 people in total who work in 5 domains in a well organised and agile way. We hold values of lean management, knowledge spread, user autonomy, continuous improvement and flexibility as guiding principles for our work.

We are looking for a person with a large experience of working with experimental instrumentation. The work will consist of designing, building and commissioning systems that integrate timing, motion, detection, and positioning, data collection and eventually metadata collection in a form that is scientifically usable. We are typically using equipment developed in collaboration with other facilities. Experience of working in collaborations is of course an advantage. The hardware team work in an agile way in close collaboration with all other IT teams, beamline staff and scientists, also with other groups in an open and friendly environment.


  • Designing, building, installing and commissioning electronics hardware equipment for the MAX IV facility.

Required Qualifications

  • Master degree or higher in electronics, system engineering, circuit design, timing or equivalent.
  • Experience from data acquisition systems integrating motion, timing, and detectors/cameras.

Additional Desirable qualifications

  • Experience of working in a research oriented large facility.
  • Experience from any of the topics: stepper motors, piezo motors, nanometer precision encoders, timing and event handling, detectors / cameras both for beamline surveillances as well as photon and electron detection, measurements with synchrotron beamline equipment, python programming and fpga programming, network configuration, circuit design.
  • Experience of any of the following:  IcePAP, Alba Electrometer, PandABox, Sardana, Tango or other community developed systems

Probation 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 PA2019/594
  • Darren Spruce, +46462223941
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64,
Published 06.Mar.2019
Last application date 31.Mar.2019 11:59 PM CET

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