Lunds universitet, MAX IV, Imaging

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.

MAXPEEM is a photoelectron spectromicroscopy beamline (30-1500 eV) which hosts a state-of-the-art aberration corrected low energy electron microscope capable of imaging with high spatial resolution, down to less than 10 nm. MAXPEEM is currently in its first cycle of user operation and is situated on the 1.5 GeV ring.

We are now looking for a postdoc to join our team, who enjoys working in an international and creative environment and on an advanced instrument. The position is linked to the SSF project “Novel two- dimensional systems: from growth to applications”.

Main task
The candidate is expected to develop his/her own research program within the SSF project’s remit and exploit the unique possibilities of the advanced microscope. The main task is then to run experiments on the microscope and beamline that are linked to the program, and the partners within the project. Collaborations with other users at the frontiers of the field are also encouraged, as well as side projects connected to instrument development.

The tasks also include

  • Taking a share of the user support
  • Participating in the expansion of the present and future user community of the MAXPEEM beamline
  • Participating in commissioning tasks at the beamline and its infrastructure together with the rest of the team.

The candidate must hold a PhD or equivalent degree in physics or another field relevant to the project.

Essential requirements
The candidate should demonstrate experience in several of the following areas

  • Defining and exploring novel research directions, especially within low energy (photo)electron microscopy or in closely related techniques
  • Managing instrumentation projects and reaching highest possible level of performance
  • Computer control or advanced data analysis & programming
  • Manuscript preparation and scientific presentation

Additional requirements that are considered assets

  • Experience in development and/or operation of a low energy (photo)electron microscope
  • Experience in providing user support
  • Experience in related synchrotron or electron spectro/microscopy techniques

Other qualifications that are important are independence and an ability to take initiative.
The work requires very good communication and interpersonal skills, and a solid command of English, both oral and written.

The position is a 2-year temporary employment. 

Depending on the level of experience, the person may either be hired as postdoc or temporary scientist.

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 PA2019/2880
  • Karina Thånell, +46709323020
  • Alexei Zakharov, +46462223357
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
Published 12.Sep.2019
Last application date 06.Oct.2019 11:59 PM CET

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