Lund University, MAX IV , Spectroscopy

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.

Your team
The APXPS team operates the SPECIES and HIPPIE beamlines at the 1.5 and 3 GeV rings, respectively. Both beamlines are dedicated to developing the ambient pressure x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy user scientific program at MAX IV. The beamlines provide a wide range of sample environments for in situ and operando XPS measurements. The team consists of 12 members who are actively driving multiple in-house research programs, among which are atomic layer deposition, time-resolved photoemission, electrochemistry, 2D materials, and photo-catalytic reactions.

The APXPS team is looking for two postdocs who will:
Actively drive the development of one or more scientific projects within the following areas using the possibilities and capabilities of the beamlines and collaboration with user groups:

  • Photoelectrochemistry or Photoelectrocatalysis
  • High-temperature corrosion
  • Time-resolved XPS with chemical (gas, temperature) perturbations
  • Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and/or Photo-ALD
  • Photo- or heterogeneous catalysis
  • Interact with and provide support for user groups in relation to their beamtimes
  • Actively participate in the continued commissioning of the beamlines and end-stations in collaboration with the entire APXPS team.

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

Your main work tasks will be:

  • Leading and managing scientific and/or development projects
  • Interacting with and supporting user groups
  • Contributing to the day-to-day operation of the beamline and the end-stations together with the team
  • Contributing to the ongoing projects at the end-stations e.g., automation of experiments, development of the control system, and the mechanical design of the equipment
  • Establish collaborative research with other groups outside MAX IV and involve them in APXPS team activities
  • Propose own competitive ideas for research and development projects which can be realized within the APXPS team
  • Acquire and use the knowledge necessary to operate the tools available at the beamlines
  • Acquire knowledge about and follow general and organizational safety rules and requirements.

To be successful in this role, you need to have the following qualifications:

  • PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related discipline. The degree must be obtained no earlier than 3 years before the application date
  • Extensive experience in performing and interpreting surface science experiments and working with ultrahigh vacuum instrumentation
  • Experience in performing synchrotron-based spectroscopy experiments and using Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy
  • Performed extensive research in one or more of the following fields of science: Surface Science, Catalysis, ALD, Corrosion, or Electrochemistry
  • Аbility to work independently
  • Good command of the English language, good communication, and team working skills.

The following are seen as merits:

  • Experience with the design and set-up of new surface science instruments
  • Experience in programming
  • Experience in user support at Synchrotrons
  • Experience in design and simulation software (Solidworks, Comsol, etc.).

Appointment to the position of postdoc 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 application deadline. Under special circumstances the PhD can have been completed previous to the aforementioned three years.

Further information
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment. A postdoctoral fellow is employed under a period
of at least two years and at most three years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor-2022-02-01” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow, 2022-02-01”) 

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As per agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 2
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2023/2110
  • Andrey Shavorskiy, +46702281657
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-2229364,
Published 10.Jul.2023
Last application date 31.Aug.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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