Lund University, MAX IV , Diffraction & Scattering

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 ForMAX beamline is designed for multiscale structural characterization of materials from macroscopic to molecular length scales, by combining small- and wide-angle x-ray scattering (SWAXS), scanning SWAXS imaging, and full-field tomographic imaging. A particular focus is the development of new materials and specialty chemicals from forest raw material, contributing towards our transition to a sustainable, bio-based economy.

Would you like to work at one of the brightest lightsources in the world?

MAX IV is looking for a scientist to strengthen the ForMAX team through expertise in combined scanning SWAXS and full-field tomographic imaging.

Your main work tasks will be to

  • Play a major role in the operation, maintenance, and further development of the beamline, together with the rest of the ForMAX team and technical support teams.
  • Provide support for external users.
  • Supervise junior team members.
  • Lead research projects, with the objective to develop combined scanning SWAXS and full-field tomographic imaging capability for our user community.
  • Actively participate in cross-beamline or facility-wide development projects.
  • Develop your skills in beamline instrumentation, control systems, data acquisition pipelines, and/or data reduction and analysis tools.
  • Actively participate in research collaborations with academic and industrial partners.

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

  • PhD degree in physics, chemistry, materials science, or another relevant subject.
  • Documented expertise in scanning SWAXS and full-field tomographic imaging, including data analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver tasks on time, in scope, and within budget, as an individual and within a team.
  • Good command of written and spoken English.

Below are seen as merits

  • Demonstrated evidence of method development of combined scanning SWAXS and full-field tomographic imaging.
  • Expertise in the development of data analysis or image reconstruction tools.
  • Experience in development/commissioning of sample environments.
  • Skills in programming.
  • Previous work experience at a large scale research facility.
  • Published research on materials, or demonstrated experience of working with materials, relevant for ForMAX.

As a person you are able to work independently and to take initiative. You should have strong social and communication skills. The ability to work within a team successfully is key in this role.

What we offer
When you join our MAX IV team, you step into a world of front edge science. We make the invisible visible by supporting scientist from all over the world, generating scientific results for the benefit of society. We offer you a multicultural work environment with great opportunities for personal development with respect for a healthy work-life balance.

Would you like to work in a challenging and supporting environment? Then join us and take the opportunity to make a real difference!

For further information, please visit:
Compensation & benefits – MAX IV (

Probationary period applies.
Work out of hours and travel may be required in this position.

Type of employment Permanent position – (starting with a temporary contract)
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As per agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2024/992
  • Ann Terry, +46703264498
  • Kim Nygård,
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-2229364,
Published 08.Apr.2024
Last application date 05.May.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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