Postdoctoral positions in Advanced Neutron and X-ray Science at LINXS Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry Sweden

Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry


Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 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.


The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. 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.


Lund Institute of Advanced Neutron and X-ray Science (LINXS: invites applications for prestigious 2-year, individual postdoctoral research positions in scientific applications of x-rays and neutrons. 


LINXS is an advanced study institute whose mission is to promote science and education focusing on the use of neutrons and x-rays, to attract world-leading scientists for short- and long-term focused research visits and to create international networks.  


LINXS works under strategic focus areas reflecting broad research priorities: Soft Matter, Life Science and Hard Matter. Within these focus areas, the activities of LINXS are organised into Themes that run for 1-3 years and aim to bring research communities together. A Theme is usually connected to one or more of the focus areas. The activities in the Themes are coordinated by a Core Group and organised into Working Groups focused on specific activities. 


As part of its objectives to attract the world-class researchers and stimulate the development of new research using x-rays and neutrons, LINXS is opening 1 to 2 individual postdoctoral research positions. We welcome applications from researchers within three years (at time of application deadline) after the completion of their PhD to perform independent research within the framework of the current LINXS Themes, as well as work with LINXS related activities and the LINXS community. Funding will also be available for the candidate to facilitate travel to experiments at international facilities and meetings. 


Applicants should formulate their own research project plan in coordination with a host group at Lund University. The host group should be an active research group at Lund University that agrees to support the application and, if selected, the postdoctoral researcher during their tenure as a LINXS postdoctoral fellow. The research should fit within one of the current research Themes at LINXS (Dynamics, Imaging and Integrative Structural Biology – see and the project should also be part of an existing or new Working Group at LINXS. The research project should involve the use of x-rays and neutrons or the development of new techniques using x-rays and neutrons.  


Candidates should first coordinate their research plan with the potential host group at Lund University and applications for the positions must include an invitation letter from the host. Candidates are encouraged to contact the LINXS directors listed below to discuss potential host groups, but can also make contact directly with potential host.


Work tasks

The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to dedicate their time to their research project. In addition, they will be expected to contribute to LINXS activities up to a maximum of 30% of their time; this could include, for example, involvement in working group activities and outreach. 

The postdoctoral researcher will be employed at LINXS, but will also be affiliated to the host group. Therefore the researcher’s time will be spent both with the host and at the LINXS offices. The host must commit to providing the necessary facilities to perform the proposed project and, along with a supervisor at LINXS, is responsible for coordinating the research and personal development of the postdoctoral researcher.



  • Candidates must hold a PhD and have significant, documented experience in x-rays and neutron methods or their application.  
  • Candidates must be no more than a maximum of three years after PhD (parental leave will be taken into account) at the date of application deadline. 
  • Candidates should submit a high level, 2-year research plan that has a strong focus on the development or use of x-ray and/or neutron techniques. The research plan should clearly indicate the involvement of the host group and how the research fits the objectives of LINXS (including connections to existing, or potential new, working group activities; see active working groups at  
  • The research plan should be not more than 5 pages and should be accompanied by a full publication list, CV and invitation letter from the planned host at Lund University.  
  • Research plans that bring together different research groups or areas are very much encouraged. 
  • The candidate will be expected to have a strong publication record and show evidence of independent research. Evidence of scientific mobility (before applying for the position or as part of the potential move to LINXS) is advantageous. 
  • A high level in spoken and written English is essential. 
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team are also important characteristics. 


Selected candidates will be invited for interview. 


Time period:

2019-04-01 - 2021-03-31 or according to agreement

Contact: Stephen Hall (, LINXS Director and Imaging Theme leader), Jens Lagerstedt ( , LINXS vice-director and Integrative Structural Biology Theme leader), Marie Skepö ( , LINXS co-director and Dynamics Theme leader)

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