Lunds universitet, MAX IV, Diffraction & Scattering

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.

Job description

We are looking for a research engineer to strengthen the IT skills within the ForMAX team during installation and commissioning phases. The candidate will work in close collaboration with the Controls and IT group (KITS) and other beamline teams at MAX IV.

The tasks include:

  • Lead the development and implementation of data acquisition strategies (detectors’ data stream, preprocessing, live view, data and meta storage).
  • Develop advanced data collection schemes (on-the-fly scans, semi-simultaneous SAXS/WAXS and microtomography experiments).
  • Integrate sample environment controls.
  • Deliver solutions in a timely and well documented manner, adopting strategies and software methodologies already in place within the KITS group.


We are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:

  • PhD in a relevant field.
  • Computer programming skills, with documented experience of programming Python, Matlab, Java, C/C++, or GUIs.
  • Documented experience of automation and control of, for example, sample environments.
  • Strong social and communication skills.
  • Good command of written and spoken English.

The following qualifications are considered a merit:

  • Past synchrotron experience
  • Experience in SAXS/WAXS or microtomography.
  • Documented experience of: 
  • Software development for scientific purposes.
  • Experience with the Sardana software suite.
  • Image processing and 2D detectors.
  • Data storage and distributed file systems.
  • Parallel computing such as OpenCL, GPU or FPGA.

This is a two-year temporary employment.

Type of employment Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/1052
  • Ann Terry, +46703264498
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64,
Published 03.Apr.2019
Last application date 19.May.2019 11:59 PM CET

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