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Postdoctoral Scholarship Program "The MAX IV Synchrotron Radiation Facility Program" (MAX IV Scholarship)


Friday, October 31, 2014


The national MAX IV synchrotron radiation facility, which has recently started its construction in Lund, will have world leading performance in terms of brilliance, coherence and beam size as well a world class time structure of the x-ray beam when it becomes operational in 2015 (see ). The facility will offer unique opportunities for cutting edge research using x-ray synchrotron radiation in a broad range of science, including structural biology, nano-science, materials science (in particular for novel energy technologies, future electronics, spintronics, mechanical constructions), geology, environmental sciences, palaeontology and medical imaging. The success of the facility and the science to be performed there is highly dependent on top-level scientists with new ideas that can explore the unique potential of the novel opportunities at MAX IV. A new generation of properly trained young and excellent scientists is therefore needed to ensure long-term success of the laboratory.

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has set up a Scholarship Program with the purpose of allowing outstanding young Swedish scientists to carry out one to two years postdoctoral studies at world-class synchrotron radiation or free electron laser facilities.

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation invites applicants for postdoctoral stipends for the 2014-2015 period. The Foundation particularly encourages research programs from excellent candidates that aim at exploring the unique planned performance of MAX IV for brilliance, coherence, nano-focus or time-structure of the photon beams.

The Stipend is for a period of two years of postdoctoral studies. The Stipend amounts to approximately USD 45,000 annually (the final amount will be settled in accordance with the standard rate of each institution). A travel grant of USD 5,000 per year and an annual allowance for accompanying family members of USD 15,000 is also provided. The latter must be applied for separately in a direct request to the Foundation. The Fellows will also receive the standard Stanford, DESY or ESRF post-doc medical benefits. Following the postdoctoral studies there is an opportunity to receive funding from  the Wallenberg Foundation for a Research position at a Swedish University for up to two years, this in case the applicant cannot find a suitable position in Sweden. After each year during this period a progress report shall be prepared and sent to the Foundation.

The applicants should have a doctor´s degree from a Swedish University at the time when the post-doc period starts and a connection to a Swedish University or corresponding non-profit research organization. The Stipend cannot be combined with other stipends or positions. Scientific merit, adjusted to the applicants' age, will be one important factor in the assessment.

A complete application should contain the applicant’s date of PhD dissertation, CV and include a list of publications, a brief description of the proposed research program and a description of the research profile of the intended host and supervisor. A letter of invitations from the intended host should be sent directly to the Foundation. If the applicant has not passed the doctor’s exam at the time of the application a letter from the supervising professor should be enclosed in which the actual date for the exam is stated. Each applicant should ensure that two separate letters of recommendation with comments on the research program are submitted directly to the Foundation before the end of the application term. The application shall be written in English.

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