Lunds universitet, MAX IV, Accelerator Developement

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.

The core of the MAX IV facility are three sources of synchrotron radiation: a 3 GeV electron storage rings that provides ultrahigh brightness X-rays, a 1.5 GeV ring providing soft X rays and UV radiation and a 3 GeV linear accelerator that serves as an injector to the two storage rings and also generates electron bunches that drive the production of ultra-short X ray pulses at the so-called Short Pulse Facility (SPF).

MAX IV has been pioneering a number of developments in accelerator physics and engineering, and hosts, in particular, the first ultralow emittance storage ring based on a multi-bend achromat magnet lattice, a design which is currently being followed by many other laboratories worldwide. The linear accelerator has reached its design goals, but needs to be developed further in order to produce even shorter X-ray pulses, down to the 10 fs range, for the SPF. For this, innovative accelerator schemes and new developments for diagnose of the short electron bunches, will be needed. A further development towards a Soft X-ray Free Electro Laser (SXL) has been initiated by our user community, and a CDR is under completion, which will serve as a base for driving the project further.

This research position will be within the Accelerator Division, and particularly, within the Accelerator Development Group, which consists of roughly twelve persons. The mission for this group, apart from accelerator research and development, is to help out in the daily operation of the accelerators, so that high reliability and availability of the produced X-rays, are achieved. The successful candidate shall establish and coordinate a team, within the Accelerator Development Group, that takes on the challenges in temporal diagnostics of the electron bunches and their necessary synchronization with the experimental equipment.

Job Description

  • Team leader for development within temporal diagnostics and synchronization at linear accelerators.
  • Managing the construction, installation and commissioning of a transverse deflecting cavity for temporal electron bunch diagnostics.
  • Develop methods for further temporal diagnostics and synchronization.
  • Publish novel research and development within the temporal diagnostics and synchronization field.
  • Take part in other developments and improvements of the linear accelerator, including laser driven electron guns.
  • Supervise Master students, PhD students and Postdocs, in the relevant research area.
  • Take part in the common mission of the Accelerator Development Group, to help out in accelerator operation in case of difficulties.   


  • A Doctoral degree in physics, and several years of experience in linear accelerator physics and engineering
  • Experience in radio frequency-based electron temporal diagnostic systems
  • Laser physics experience
  • Good command of both written and spoken English
  • Good communication skills and proven ability to lead a research and development team

Meriting qualifications

  • Knowledge of the MAX IV linear accelerator
  • Experience in supervising Master and PhD students, or Postdocs
  • Experience in project managing

Probationary period may apply.

Type of employment Permanent position
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 PA2021/210
  • Åke Andersson, +46462220414
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64,
Published 05.Feb.2021
Last application date 28.Feb.2021 11:59 PM CET

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