Lunds universitet, MAX IV, MX group

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.

MAX IV Laboratory recently received funding from the Novo Nordisk Foundation (http:// for a new beamline called MicroMAX (, a micro-focus macromolecular crystallography beamline. MicroMAX will exploit new sample delivery methods and the unique performance of the MAX IV 3 GeV storage ring to provide new possibilities in collecting high quality structural data from microcrystals.

MicroMAX will build on the rapid development of serial crystallography that is presently attracting great interest within the structural biology community. MicroMAX will not only increase the probability of obtaining structural data from challenging projects where only microcrystals are available but also enable data collection at room temperature and time resolved experiments with a time resolution down to the microsecond range.

The Macromolecular Crystallography (MX) group is responsible for the BioMAX beamline that is in operation and the design, construction and future operation of the MicroMAX beamline. We have started developing activities in the field of serial crystallography and we have already performed experiments at BioMAX.

We are now looking for a beamline scientist to lead the design and construction of the experiment station. We foresee that a permanent position will be advertised in a later stage of the project to finalize the station, take it in user operation and to continue the technical and scientific developments.

You will take a leading role in the design and construction of the MicroMAX experiment setup. You will work closely with the MicroMAX research engineer and project manager and other staff within the MicroMAX team and MX group. A major aspect of the experiment setup is the evaluation and implementation of different sample delivery systems that exist and that are being developed by us and the community. An important part of your work will be to create a flexible solution to accommodate these different sample delivery systems, and to incorporate and further develop the different sample delivery systems in collaboration with other members of the MX group and other external collaborating groups. Your work will involve interactions with other groups at MAX IV, collaborating groups and suppliers as well as handling of procurements and administrative tasks.

You will participate in the user support, especially with the already existing serial crystallography environments at BioMAX, and within the on-call service of BioMAX and later MicroMAX.

You are strongly encouraged to develop your own research project and collaborations. Furthermore, you will have to participate in experiments at MAX IV or at other facilities, in particular related to the use and development of serial crystallography or time-resolved crystallography.


  • PhD in a relevant field
  • Proven track record of successfully executed instrumentation projects
  • Knowledge of crystallography
  • Experience from storage ring or FEL facility
  • Very good command of written and spoken English

The following qualifications are considered an asset

  • Experience of software development and programming instrumentation controllers
  • Knowledge of Python
  • Knowledge of CAD
  • Knowledge of CAD/CAM using 3D printer technology
  • Structural biology

Probation period may apply.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As per agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/578
  • Uwe Müller, 0462229872
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 27.Feb.2019
Last application date 24.Mar.2019 11:59 PM CET

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