Project leader: Combined laser and synchrotron experiments

Lunds universitet
April 21 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research has during recent years been the fastest growing part of the Physics Department, with now more than 40 employees. The main focus of the research is experimental studies of electronic, structural, and chemical properties of materials, especially nanostructures. 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 Sweden's largest facility for scanning probe microscopy (

Work description

The Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research at the Department of Physics is currently in a dynamic and expansive phase, and a number of new research projects within catalysis, electrochemistry, nanostructures, nanomaterials, atomic-scale imaging and time-resolved imaging have now gained momentum. Among these projects is a strong focus on performing in situ surface studies of chemical reactions under harsh conditions relevant for applications. Such studies are essential to understand the structure-function relationship between the material at work and the resulting products, vital ingredients for the further development of novel catalysts or more efficient electrodes or batteries. The harsh environments disqualifies often electron based methods due to the short mean free path of the electrons and instead x-rays are used exhibiting a longer mean free path.

To this end, the division has over the years performed synchrotron based operando x-ray diffraction investigations. Recently, we have also developed Laser Induced Fluorescence applied to catalysis in a collaboration with the division of combustion physics, a new way of detecting reactants or products during a catalytic reaction.

The project leader for the present position will have a focus on designing experiments for a combined experimental setup for surface transmission diffraction and laser induced fluorescence. The experiments will be optimized for simultaneous surface transmission diffraction and laser measurements combined with environmental cells relevant for catalysis and electrochemistry.  The work will be done in close collaboration with other members of the division.

The successful candidate will also have the possibility of using complementary techniques available within the division, at the Division's Scanning tunnelling microscopy laboratories, and at Lund NanoLab, such as STM, AFM, TPD, LEED, LEEM, PEEM, and SEM, etc. It will also be possible to perform research at other x-ray facilities and in collaboration with leading research groups at other universities and institutes.

The project leader will be part of the dynamic team responsible for the in situ x-ray diffraction experiments at the division. As such the candidate will actively participate in the research activities of the team and in the development of the instrument.

We expect you to be highly motivated to contribute to the scientific progress in the project. You are a hands-on person and feel comfortable with working both in the lab and with demanding data analysis and interpretation.


At the date of employment the successful candidate must hold a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related discipline.

Evaluation criteria

Applicants are required to be fluent in English (both written and spoken). Further, candidates must have documented extensive experience of performing and interpreting laser induced fluorescence experiments in reactive environments. Likewise, they must have documented extensive experience of working with ultrahigh vacuum instrumentation. Documented experience with surface science techniques such as scanning tunnelling microscopy, photoemission, and low energy electron diffraction are an advantage. Documented experience in programing and image analysis is an advantage.

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