Lund university, Faculty of scince, Department of physics
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.
Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.
The Division of Synchrotron Radiation Physics (www. sljus.lu.se) is a part of
the Department of Physics and has more than 50 employees. The focus of the
research is experimental studies of electronic, structural and chemical
properties of materials, accelerators for Synchrotron radiation and
instruments and methods for Synchrotron radiation. At the Division we use and
develop a wide range of Synchrotron- and lab-based techniques, such as X-ray
photoelectron spectroscopy/imaging and X-ray diffraction/imaging. We also host
one of Sweden's largest facilities for scanning probe microscopy. We are
additionally engaged in the development of the MAX IV Laboratory in the fields
of beamlines, experimental stations, techniques for Synchrotron radiation and
the accelerator systems.
The postdoc project will develop nanoscale X-ray diffraction (XRD)
methods to image domain dynamics in ferroelectric materials. These are
characterized by the existence of domains in which there is an aligned
polarization, similar to the aligned magnetic domains in ferromagnetics.
Ferroelectric materials are used and developed for a wide range of
applications, such as memories and computations. The ferroelectric behavior is
largely governed by the dynamics of the domains, which have a size in the
range of tens of nm to several micron.
In recent years, the spatial resolution of nanoscale X-ray diffraction methods
has become sufficient to image individual domains, giving a unique possibility
to study their dynamics for instance during switching. The NanoMAX beamline at
the MAX IV synchrotron, the world's first fourth-generation synchrotron,
offers a unique combination of high flux and spatial resolution with excellent
facilities for in situ studies.
The position is a collaboration between the NanoLund, the division of
Synchrotron Radiation Research (SRR) and the NanoMAX beamline at MAX IV. The
postdoc will spend 50% of the time at NanoLund & SRR performing research
within the project, and 50% at NanoMAX working with beamline development and
The postdoc will collaborate with various groups synthesizing ferroelectric
materials and devices, primarily within the NanoLund research center. In
particular, the postdoc will develop methods and beamline instrumentation for
in situ imaging of the ferroelectric domains during switching. The candidate
will have significant freedom to influence the direction of the project, and
is expected to take initiatives and drive the project quite independently.
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral posistion is to conduct
research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working
hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training
in higher education teaching and learning.
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a
PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject
of the position, completed no more than three years before the date of
employment decision. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have
been completed earlier. The subject of the doctoral degree should be in
physics or equivalent. The PhD degree does not have to be completed at the
time of application.
Very good spoken and written proficiency in English.
Assessment criteria and other qualifications
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The
position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the
applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and
potential as researchers.
Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.
For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the
A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
Teaching skills, or related experience, such as mentoring, supervision, or
training in equipment use.
For the present position, extensive experience in X-ray diffraction is
essential. Experience with programming and data analysis is also important.
Knowledge of nanoscale X-ray methods and ferroic materials is advantageous,
but not a strict requirement.
Additional assessment criteria are (not in order of importance):
Experience with ferroelectrics or other ferroic materials
Experience with nanoscale and coherent X-ray methods
Experience with other X-ray methods
Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and
independence, and how the applicant's experience and skills complement and
strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to
contribute to its future development.
Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 3 years. The
period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om
tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term
employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S and
OFR/S, dated 1st February 2022.
Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file
résumé/CV, including a list of publications,
a general description of past research and future research interests (no
more than three pages),
contact information of at least two references,
copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades
that you wish to be considered.
The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology,
Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental
Science. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the
northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD
students and 700 employees.
The Department of Physics is one of Lund University's largest departments with
approximately 400 employees. The department is shared between the Faculty of
Science and Faculty of Engineering. At the department there are seven research
divisions and a number of major research centra. The research at the
department covers a wide range of modern physics.
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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
County Skåne län
Reference number PA2022/2800
Jesper Wallentin, +46462220469
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
Last application date 29.Sep.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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