Lunds universitet, MAX IV

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 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.

MAX IV is looking for a Director. The Director has the overall responsibility for the management, operation and strategic planning of the MAX IV Laboratory and reports to the laboratory’s board and to the Vice Chancellor of Lund University.   

Additionally, the Director:
Provides the overall leadership, management and control for the laboratory. 
Ensures that operations are carried out in compliance with all applicable Swedish laws and legal requirements and policies, with appropriate control for detection of potential non-compliance.
Ensures that MAX IV delivers according to a strategic plan and in congruence with stakeholders’ expectations.
The laboratory is in a transitional phase from construction to operation. This implies a focus on ensuring that the laboratory organization is optimal for achieving its goals. Good communication within the laboratory is essential. Crucial issues regarding communication with present stakeholders and communicating a vision for the future that will bring new stakeholders on board will also be a focus. 

Together with the management team, proposes the goals, mission and vision for MAX IV to the MAX IV board. Ensures that strategic and operational plans are communicated, implemented and understood throughout the laboratory. Ensures proper staff management to attract and retain capable staff.
Carries out internal and external communication.
Has overall responsibility for finance and business control including current investments and future funding.
Maintains and continuously improves the laboratory governance according to the suggestions and expectations of the MAX IV board.

PhD in a topic relevant for research with synchrotron radiation.

Essential requirements;

  • Internationally-recognized scientific reputation. 
  • Leadership experience in managing large multicultural and multidisciplinary research-oriented organizations.
  • Experience in developing  and implementing a strategic plan.
  • Track record of collaborative decision making.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team.
  • Good communication skills.

Additional requirements are considered assets;

  • Experience working and/or management at a synchrotron radiation facility or similar.
  • Experience in managing a user infrastructure facility. 
  • Experience in managing organizational change.
  • Experience in leading managers and experts.
  • Experience in industrial research and development.
  • Established Swedish and/or European networks
  • Insight into the Swedish higher-education system and the research policy landscape.
  • Knowledge of Scandinavian language or willingness to learn Swedish

The application consist of your CV and a vision for the MAX IV laboratory for the next five years. Please provide the names and contact information for three references.

The Director will be employed permanently as a researcher at Lund University with a five-year appointment as Director. The appointment may be extended by up to five years. 

The process
We aim to conduct interviews on June 10, 11 and 12.  Please indicate your availability on these dates in your application.  If these are not possible alternatives can be arranged.

Type of employment Tillsvidareanställning
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/56
  • Stacey Sörensen, Pro vice chancellor for research, research +46462227265
  • Anna-Lena Torstensson, HR officer recruitment, +46462224008
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 15.Feb.2019
Last application date 16.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CET

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