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MAX IV Laboratory, a part of Lund University, has operated successfully for more than 25 years and is currently building the new MAX IV synchrotron facility in Lund.
More than 900 scientists from Sweden and the rest of the world are coming to the MAX IV Laboratory every year to use the x-rays produced by our electron accelerators. They do research in areas such as materials science, structural biology, chemistry, and nanotechnology. 160 people are currently employed at the MAX IV Laboratory. The MAX IV facility, the largest and most ambitious Swedish investment in research infrastructure, will be the brightest source of x-rays worldwide and will replace the existing laboratory, which today consists of the storage rings MAX I, II and III.


Subject area

X-ray diffraction


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Job assignments

We are looking for a post-doc scientist for the beamline I711 at the MAX IV Laboratory, which is an X-ray diffraction beamline offering experimental setups for powder diffraction and single crystal diffraction experiments. The beamline is equipped with a 4-circle diffractometer, and operates at a fixed X-ray energy of 12 keV. Powder diffraction is a versatile technique which can be used in many fields including chemistry, catalysis, metallurgy, pharmacology, battery research and more. The beamline is open to proposals of any discipline through a Program Advisory Committee (PAC).
As a post-doc, you will participate in the continuous improvement and maintenance work at the beamline with the other team members, perform your own research and provide support for external users. You will participate in the design, fabrication and control of new sample environments, and contribute to the optimization of the X-ray techniques available at the beamline.
You will develop or continue your own research project making use of the developments at the beamline. You will be able to present your results in external conferences as well as complete your research by applying for beamtime at other synchrotrons and/or work in collaboration with other research groups.


Eligibility/Entry Requirements

You must hold a Ph. D. in chemistry, physics or biophysics or closely related science. A strong background in X-ray diffraction and scattering techniques, instrumentation and computing is desirable. A person who holds a doctorate and who has completed the degree within three years prior to the last date of application shall be qualified as a postdoctoral fellow. Candidates who have completed their degree earlier than this can be considered if there are valid reasons.


Basis of Assessment

Documented experience from planning and running synchrotron experiments or longer periods of work at a synchrotron operating with moderate or high X-ray energies is considered a merit. Working knowledge of programming in some language is an asset. You will be part of the I711 beamline team and part of the hard X-ray group at the laboratory consisting of approximately 15 people. You will have responsibility of visiting users, therefore good communication skills and team spirit are a prerequisite.

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