Lund University, MAX IV , Spectroscopy

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 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 Science division is divided into a number of supporting groups and three scientifically oriented groups, Imaging, Diffraction and Scattering, and Spectroscopy. These groups are further divided into teams based on beamline or scientific technique. Each team has the task to develop and support the instrumentation and scientific activity at the different beamlines. The aim is to maintain and develop state of the art equipment at stable operation.

About FinEstBeAMS
FinEstBeAMS is a materials and atmospheric science beamline at the MAX IV 1.5 GeV storage ring. It provides ultraviolet and soft X-ray radiation with precisely controlled and widely variable parameters. The beamline has two branches: one branch is dedicated to ultra-high vacuum studies of surfaces and interfaces and the other to gas-phase experiments and photoluminescence in solids. The range of research extends from the electronic structure studies of free particles (atoms, molecules, clusters and atmospheric particles) in gas phase and on surfaces to formation analysis and nanoscale characterisation of surfaces and interfaces. The design of the beamline facilitates sample transfer between the end stations, offering synergy between gas phase and solid-state research.

Job description
We are looking for a postdoc candidate for a 2 year position to be a part of the beamline team and participate in the maintenance and operation of the beamline and end stations. In this role, the candidates' tasks will consist of, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Taking an active part in research projects at the solid state end station, both in collaboration with others as well as independently
  • Performing maintenance work at the solid state end station
  • Participating in development of the solid state end station
  • User support and training of visiting researchers
  • Taking part in maintenance and operation of the beamline

Requirement and Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent in Physics/Chemistry/Materials Science or similar area of relevance for the FinEstBeAMS
  • Strong interest and sufficient skills in formulating and driving research projects, performing data analysis and preparing scientific publications
  • Experience in using ultra-high vacuum systems
  • Proven experience in VUV / soft-X-ray photoemission, angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy or photo-absorption spectroscopy of surfaces and interfaces
  • Experience in working at a synchrotron radiation facility either as a user or a member of the staff
  • Willingness for user support
  • Ability to work both unsupervised and in a team
  • Good command of the English language, both spoken and written


  • Experience in photoluminescence and gas-phase experiments
  • Experience in other spectroscopic techniques
  • Data analysis and computing skills
  • Mechanical and electronics skills
  • Concrete and clear ideas about research and / or development projects that the candidate would like to undertake during the postdoc period

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the doctoral degree or equivalent is completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier. Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength.

This is a 2 year temporary employment.


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 PA2021/437
  • Johan Adell, +46708323357
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 07.Apr.2021
Last application date 27.Apr.2021 11:59 PM CET

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