Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Elektro- och informationsteknik

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

The Department of Electrical and Information Technology (EIT) at Lund University, Faculty of Engineering (LTH), is one of the largest departments with about 120 employees and conducts research and teaching mainly in electrical engineering and computer technology. We are located on LTH's campus in northern Lund. MAX IV Laboratory is a national Swedish research facility that supports three research areas: accelerator physics, synchrotron radiation science, and nuclear physics. Approximately 1000 scientists from around the world visit the laboratory per year.

Subject description
This post doc position at the EIT Department is related to MAX IV to strengthen the interaction between the research activities at the infrastructure (MAX IV) and the research efforts at the department. More specifically, the position aims at using and further developing a combination of spectroscopy and scattering techniques to investigate and improve the critical interfaces between metal electrodes and functional oxides in electronic device structures under operando conditions. The position connects to FlexPES that is an undulator-based soft x-ray beamline, which started regular user operation in 2020. The candidate will mainly work at the UHV surface & material science branch of the beamline which is used for high-resolution spectroscopy (x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and near edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS)). A description of the beamline can be found at

Work duties
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral posistion is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

Detailed description of the work duties, such as:

  • You will work together with the beamline team with commissioning and operation of the beamline, and participate in various development projects at the UHV surface science end station. These projects include automation of experiments, development of control systems, mechanical design of new equipment, etc.
  • You will participate in giving support to the user groups, with the chance to get involved in collaborations with various users and beamline staff, and pursue his/her own research and/or development projects.
  • To conduct research in collaboration with colleagues at the EIT department in the areas of interface studies and control at HfO2-based ferroelectric and resistive RRAM interfaces using the MAX IV beamlines.
  • Supervision of degree projects. 
  • Administration related to the work duties listed above.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • The candidate must hold a PhD in physics, solid state chemistry, or similar, with experience in the use and maintenance of ultra-high vacuum equipment.
  • Documented experience in driving research projects, data analysis and preparing scientific publications is required.
  • Ability to work in a team and good communication skills.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Proven experience in NEXAFS or XPS with synchrotron radiation is a strong plus.
  • Experience in other spectroscopy or diffraction techniques, advanced data analysis and/or programming is a plus.
  • Experience in investigating devices structures in collaboration with device engineers is a strong plus.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2020/2664
  • Lars-Erik Wernersson, +46 46 222 90 03,
Published 18.Aug.2020
Last application date 02.Sep.2020 11:59 PM CEST

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