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[ccp4bb] Job posting: Research Engineer BioMAX

Research engineer BioMAX

Lunds universitet, MAX IV, Diffraction & Scattering

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 42 000 students and 7 400 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 national large-scale research laboratory providing scientists from Sweden and the rest of the world with instruments for research in areas such as materials science, structural biology, chemistry and nanotechnology. Fully developed it will receive more than 2 000 scientists annually. 200 people are currently employed at the MAX IV Laboratory. 

BioMAX is the first macromolecular crystallography beamline at the new ultimate storage ring MAX IV. The beamline has been designed to deliver an energy tunable, high brilliant, microfocused x-ray beam at micrometer size and to support the majority of techniques in the field for crystals down to the micrometer range. A fast x-ray detector in combination with a high capacity sample changer is enabling very efficient data collection schemes. 

BioMAX has been recently set into operation. Nevertheless, to reach the anticipated performance level within the coming year, substantial commissioning and optimization tasks are still pending. 

In order to develop, to operate and to maintain BioMAX, we are now seeking to hire a research engineer with a background and interest in X-ray synchrotron radiation based techniques and instrumentation.


• You will participate in the commissioning of the beamline and its end-station. 
• You will share responsibilities for operation, maintenance and further development of the beamline in close collaboration with the team of scientists and engineers of the MX-group and MAX IV staff. 
• You will develop strategies for diagnostics and controls of the BioMAX technical infrastructure. 
• You will share responsibility for the support of external users during their beamtime.
• You will contribute to the design, the purchase and the installation of new beamline and experimental station components to ensure the availability of a competitive and reliable beamline environment. 
• You will work on the design of the new micro-focusing beamline MicroMAX. 

Note: The amount and nature of the participation in user support will depend on the interests and the profile of the successful candidate. 


The following qualifications are required: 

• You hold a university degree in engineering or natural sciences in subjects of relevance for BioMAX.
• You have a solid background and knowledge in mechatronics.
• You have a solid experience in the planning, design/construction/purchase, operation and maintenance of complex scientific equipment in particular such equipment that is of relevance for BioMAX.
• You have experience with programing / interfacing of hardware.
• You have a solid knowledge and experiences in instrumentation controls hardware and software. 
• Experience with programing / interfacing of hardware. 
• You have a demonstrated ability to work independently. 
• You have excellent command of English, well-developed communication skills and team working skills. 

The following qualifications are considered an asset:

• Experience in the design, commissioning, and use x-ray hardware. 
• Demonstrated knowledge of X-ray instrumentation and associated techniques. 
• Experience with vacuum and cryogenics technologies. 
• Experience of developing, assembling, running, and maintaining equipment for x-ray techniques. 
• Interest/experience in scientific use of techniques of interest for BioMAX (i.e. experiments, data analysis, publication / presentation of results). 

Experience with support of user groups at a synchrotron radiation facility or a similar user-oriented research facility is a further merit.

Probationary period may be applied.

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 PA2017/1219
  • Uwe Müller, +46 73065268
Union representative
Published 18.Apr.2017
Last application date 31.May.2017 11:59 PM CET

Uwe Mueller
Group manager diffraction & scattering beamlines
BioMAX beam line manager

MAX IV Laboratory
Lund University
P.O. Box 118, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
Visiting address: Fotongatan 2, 225 94 Lund
Mobile:  +46(0)730-655268
E-mail: uwe.muller@maxiv.lu.se