Lunds universitet, MAX IV, IRO/User Office

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.

MAX IV provides world-class instruments and methods for studies of matter. Our users, being experts in their fields of research, need access to targeted education and training on the theory and practice of the experimental methods and techniques used at the state-of-the-art facilities at MAX IV. Well-prepared and educated scientific users are key to successful experiments leading to impactful science. During a normal year we have more than 1000 individual users and this will continue to grow. MicroMAX is a project to build and operate a beamline for (frontier) macromolecular crystallography, including serial crystallography, time-resolved experiments and micro-crystallography, funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The project includes funding for an education and training initiative.

Would you like to work at the brightest lightsource in the world?

MAX IV is looking for a Coordinator Education and Training (life science) who will be centrally responsible to develop and conduct an education and training program within structural biology geared towards future scientific users of the MicroMAX beamline, which  is currently being constructed. You will organize shorter hands-on courses at the lab as well as weeklong schools, combining applications and theoretical background. Your tasks will include identifying training needs, planning course curricula, and preparing teaching material and on-line training resources. You will act as host for the students and teachers during the course, and dependent on your background and knowledge, participate in the teaching as well. You will contribute to MAX IV’s training activities in life sciences in a broader sense and contribute to the development of routines and toolboxes for training activities in all disciplines. We expect that you actively seek new collaborations and explore funding opportunities, which includes writing funding applications.

You will work within the user office team, in close contact with the scientific staff at the beamlines and other MAX IV staff. You will share some responsibilities and get support in the user office team, particularly regarding administration and logistics of training activities. MAX IV organizes training on its own as well as in collaboration with other departments at Lund University and other universities in Sweden, Denmark and abroad. You therefore take care of a number of external contacts for your work.

To be successful in this role you need to have the following qualifications

  • A life science background (master or PhD in a relevant field)
  • Documented own experience as a teacher / teaching assistant within natural sciences
  • Shown interest and actively participated in outreach activities
  • Documented experience with organization of courses or other smaller educational projects in collaboration
  • Experience with coordinating and writing funding applications in larger collaborations related to training and education
  • You speak and write in English with very high proficiency (Europass C1-C2 level)

Below are seen as merits

  • Experience in producing teaching material/course scripts or similar documentation
  • Teaching/pedagogical courses that you have taken on a graduate or post-graduate level
  • Proficiency of a Nordic language (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or Icelandic) is a merit

Please try to be as specific as possible in your application and cover letter as to how you see that your individual education and experience connects to these qualifications and the work tasks.

As a person you are

  • taking initiatives and are able to build relationships to achieve results
  • an efficient communicator who is able to follow up on and collect information from others
  • creative, while keeping focus on your work priorities and delivering results
  • a good writer and able to provide clear, structured information in form of documents, presentations or online

We expect that most of the work is done during normal office work hours (we apply flexitime), but we expect flexibility in connection to travel for attendance of schools and workshops.

What we offer

When you join our MAX IV family, you step into a world of front edge science. We make the invisible visible by supporting scientist from all over the world, generating scientific results for the benefit of society. We offer you a multicultural work environment with great opportunities for personal development with respect for a healthy work-life balance.

Would you like to work in a challenging and supporting environment? Then join us and take the opportunity to make a real difference!

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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 PA2021/1729
  • Franz Hennies, +46462228104
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64,
Published 04.Jun.2021
Last application date 13.Jun.2021 11:59 PM CET

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