Lund University, MAX IV , Imaging

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 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.


  1. Assist Life Science/Soft Matter users in the preparation of samples especially for X-ray imaging/spectroscopy methods. This includes eg. (cryo)microtome/ultratome slicing; and/or assisting the user in developing a relevant sample protocol. Where necessary perform or assist in optical microscopy/histology or other complementary methods to characterize the sample prior to X-ray measurements. Sample preparation will take place at the BioMedical Centre (BMC) in Lund.
  2. The position is part of a national network of nodes and the candidate is expected to liaise with facilities in Umeå, Göteborg and Stockholm to discuss and present sample preparation methods, storage and handling, and be of help to set up a safety protocol for MAX IV use together with the Biolab manager.
  3. Training scientists in optical imaging techniques and, where needed, in basic (cryo)sample preparation/handling methods for X-ray imaging/spectroscopy.
  4. Gather an in-depth understanding of relevant X-ray techniques at MAX IV, and identify their demands and constraints on (Life Science) sample preparation.
  5. If an interest exists: assist users with post-analysis, such as imaging data analysis or further sample characterization assistance. Assist with grant applications for equipment and identify services and instrumentation needed at MAX IV/LU for sample preparation & characterization in the long run.

The following qualifications are essential for the position:

  • PhD in a relevant Life Science field.
  • Experience with sample preparation techniques for Life Science/Soft Matter samples (>2 years), such as:(cryo) microtomy and/or ultramicrotomy; freeze-drying; plunge freezing and cryo-protectant techniques.
  • Experience with optical microscopy and lab-based analysis techniques (histology, ICP-MS, etc.) within Life Science/Soft Matter (>2 years)
  • Proven ability to manage projects independently, support a team of scientists, and attract new relevant projects together with the team.
  • Knowledge of diverse Life Science/Soft Matter samples and their structure (eg. tissues, cells, animal/plant-based samples)

The following qualifications are an additional requirement:

  • Proficiency in (optical) image analysis
  • Teaching experience

The successful candidate has the ability to cooperate, take initiative, is service minded and is strategic. The candidate is proficient in English and Swedish, both written and oral.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type 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 PA2018/4494
  • Karina Thånell, +46709323020
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64,
Published 19.Dec.2018
Last application date 06.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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