Lunds universitet, MAX IV, Spectroscopy

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.

We are looking for a postdoc to work as a part of the APXPS team with primary placement at the SPECIES beamline (APXPS branchline) of MAX IV Laboratory for a two-year position. The beamline began user operations in autumn 2019 and currently offers variety of sample environments (e.g. catalysis and ALD) for performing APXPS experiments. Together with the HIPPIE beamline SPECIES constitutes the APXPS team consisting of currently nine members working together on the support and development of APXPS programme at MAX IV. Both beamlines provide wide range of sample environments for in situ and operando XPS measurements – catalysis, electrochemistry, thin film growth, solid-liquid interfaces, liquid jets, and sulphur chemistry.

The work tasks of the scientist / postdoc include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Development of her/his own scientific project within the possibilities and capabilities of the beamline and collaboration with user groups: Sulphur Chemistry, Time-resolved XPS, Catalysis, Thin layer growth, and Electrochemistry.
  • Interaction with and support of expert users and regular users during their beamtimes.
  • Active participation in the continued commissioning of the beamlines and end stations in collaboration with the entire APXPS team.

The scientific project of the researcher can also make use of other beamlines at MAX IV or at other synchrotron radiation facilities. The general surface science environment of MAX IV (which includes a Scanning Probe Microscopy laboratory) can also be employed.


  • The successful candidate must hold a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related discipline.
  • Documented extensive experience of performing and interpreting surface science experiments.
  • Documented extensive experience of working with ultrahigh vacuum instrumentation.
  • Documented experience of synchrotron-based spectroscopy experiments, of working with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and of work with the design and set-up of new surface science instruments are considered an advantage.
  • Experience in development of own data analysis tools and experience in analysing large and complex datasets is considered an advantage. Experience with Python programming language is considered an advantage.
  • Experience in user support at the synchrotrons is considered as an advantage.
  • Experience in design and simulation software (Solidworks, Comsol, etc.) is considered an advantage

The ability work in a team, good communication skills and good command of the English language are mandatory.

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 PA2020/3354
  • Andrey Shavorskiy, +46702281657
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 26.Oct.2020
Last application date 15.Nov.2020 11:59 PM CET

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