Lunds universitet, MAX IV, Operations

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 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.

Would you like to operate the brightest light source in the world?

As a member of the Operations Group you will work as an operator of the three MAX IV accelerators to provide the required beam conditions for our beamlines and machine scientists. This role consists entirely of shift work, with operator coverage needed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Your tasks will include:

  • Routine operation of the MAX-IV accelerators according to the agreed weekly plans.
  • Maintaining, as far as possible, the nominal beam conditions during delivery periods
  • Documenting issues and actions as they arise
  • Troubleshooting system failures
  • Handover to incoming operators on shift changes
  • Act as the on-site radiation safety officer when required


You have experience in the operation of large, complex facilities, and/or have started a Bachelors degree in physics or an engineering discipline. Previous experience in the operation of accelerators in synchrotron facilities is a considerable advantage.

You have experience in programming, with experience in Python, C++, Matlab, and/or Javascript, being advantageous.

You perform well as a shift worker, and are happy to work during evenings, nights, as well as during the weekend.

As a person you have strong communications skills, and are comfortable solving problems within a team. You consider yourself to be a careful and efficient problem solver, naturally balancing the risks and rewards of various solutions to find the best way forward.

On call services may apply in the future.

Probationary employment may apply.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full-time/Part-time
First day of employment As per agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 50%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/1858
  • Stephen Molloy, +46-722 40 00 88
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64,
Published 17.May.2019
Last application date 30.Jun.2019 11:59 PM CEST

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