Lunds universitet, MAX IV, Controls & IT

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 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. As a national laboratory, MAX IV is operated in agreement with governmental regulations, and in compliance with major funders such as the Swedish Research Council (VR) and the Wallenberg Foundation. 250 people are currently employed at MAX IV Laboratory, and 16 beamlines are funded. The facility is in a ramp-up phase with 3 beamlines now receiving users and 13 more scheduled to be commissioned and built to receive users within the next few years. The facility is dimensioned for 25-28 beamlines.

The MAX IV Controls and IT team (KITS) deliver solutions to the whole MAX IV organisation in the areas of control system hardware, controls software applications, infrastructure and networking, information management and scientific software. This is a dynamic and highly challenging environment and requires close collaboration with the staff in order to understand the needs and be effective in forming solutions. We are around 50 people in total who work in 5 domains in a well organised and agile way. We hold values of lean management, knowledge spread, user autonomy, continuous improvement and flexibility as guiding principles for our work.


There is a MAX IV X-ray nanoprobe beamline already in operation providing scientist with excellent coherent beams  and several imaging beamlines under construction. MAX IV is looking for a scientific software expert who as a member of MAX IV Controls and IT in a close cooperation with MAX IV imaging group will contribute to development and support of software for interpretation of imaging experiments including all imaging modalities present now and in future in MAX IV. The major responsibilities will be supporting software for MAX IV users including industry and beamline scientists, developing data processing pipelines, contributing to scientific software frameworks or exploring potential of cloud and collaborative data processing. As a part of MAX IV common services you will closely collaborate beside the beamline scientists and users, with HPC experts, with Nordic academic partners constituting MAX IV scientific software World and with other international scientific facilities. You will also be welcomed to participate in experiments in MAX IV imaging beamlines in order to connect IT experts with experimental scientists.


The successful candidate is expected mainly to be open to developing software and supporting data analysis for several synchrotron based imaging methods and must have the following qualifications:

  • higher university degree in physics, physical chemistry, material science, mathematics, computer science or e-Sciences
  • at least 3 years experience in data analysis from X-ray and synchrotron imaging experiments or a significant documented contribution to a development of scientific software project related to synchrotron imaging methods during 3 years
  • 3 years experience with supporting data analysis for synchrotron or neutron scattering experiments
  • documented scientific contribution to development of a related imaging method
  • experience in Python scripting and programming

Merit will be given for the following qualifications:

  • vision of future for user friendly analysis platform for imaging experiments
  • PhD in the field related to X-ray imaging or diffraction techniques, computing or e-Sciences
  • user and working experience from synchrotron, X-FEL or neutron user facility
  • experience with synchrotron data processing pipelines
  • good knowledge of programming languages from the C-family, Fortran or scientific computing environments as Matlab or R
  • experience with GPU and FPGA computing
  • excellent knowledge of HDF5 format and tools
Type of employment Provanställning
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/1380
  • Zdenek Matej, +46-722 31 58 83
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64,
Published 03.Sep.2018
Last application date 24.Sep.2018 11:59 PM CET

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