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The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation


Box 16066 103 22 STOCKHOLM Telefon 08-545 017 71 Fax 08-545 017 85

The Wallenberg Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship Program

"The MAX IV synchrotron radiation facility programme"


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, paleonthology 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.

Scholarship Program

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


SSRL - The x-ray synchrotron and free electron laser facilities at Stanford University in California (Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory)

DESY - Linear Coherent Light Source at the DESY (the Petra III Synchrotron Radiation Facility and FLASH Free Electron Laser Facility)

ESRF - The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble

Fellows at Stanford, DESY, and ESRF will be given the opportunity to participate in a broad range of R&D activities, research programs and interdisciplinary and

international collaborations with other academic institutions world-wide. One goal of the program is to inspire brilliant young researchers to develop and utilize advanced skills of synchrotron radiation methods that will take full advantage of the unique performance of the MAX IV facility for addressing outstanding scientific challenges and grand challenges of our society.

The Scholars will return to Sweden after 1-2 years and positioned at one of the Swedish universities use their experience to contribute to the scientific exploration of the

outstanding performance of the MAX IV facility for the benefit of Sweden.



Criteria and conditions

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation invites applicants for postdoctoral stipends for the 2012-2013 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 around USD 43,000 or 30 000 EUR annually. USD 5,000 or 3 500 EUR as an annual allowance for accompanying family members and a travel grant of USD 5,000 or 3500 EUR is also provided. The Fellows will also receive the standard Stanford, DESY or ESRF post-doc 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 three years, this in case that the applicant cannot find another position. After each year 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 merits adjusted to age will be one important factor at the assessment.

A complete application should contain the applicant’s CV and include a list of

publications, a brief description of the proposed research programme and a description of the research profile of the intended host and supervisor. A letter of recommendation from the intended host should be sent directly to the Foundation. If the applicant has not received the doctor’s exam at the time of the application a letter from the tutoring professor should be enclosed where actual date for exam is stated. Each applicant should ensure that two separate letters of recommendation with comments on the research programme are submitted directly to the Foundation before the end of the application term. The application shall be written in English.

The Foundation uses an electronic application system. Please apply via the web-site.

The application period starts June 2011, and a complete application shall be submitted to the Foundation no later than September 30, 2011.

A list of successful applicants will be published on the web-site late fall 2011.


For more information please contact the Foundation’s website:



Contact persons at the facilities:

Professor Keith Hodgson, Director SSRL, Stanford University email:

phone: +1 (650) 926-3153 mobile: +1 (650) 740-9558

Professor Helmut Dosch, Director, DESY facility e-mail:

phone: +49-40-8998-3000

Professor Fransesco Sette, Director General, ESRF e-mail:

phone: +33 (0)4 76 88 22 24

Professor Harald Reichert, Director experiments, ESRF e-mail:

phone: +33 (0)4 76 882171

Professor Sine Larsen, Director, MAX IV Laboratory e-mail:

phone: +46- (0)766 32 33 16

Professor Jesper Andersen, Science Director, MAX IV Laboratory e-mail:

phone: +46-(0)46-222 41 53





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