MAX IV Laboratory recently received funding from the Novo Nordisk Foundation  for a new beamline called MicroMAX, a micro-focus macromolecular crystallography beamline. MicroMAX will exploit new sample delivery methods and the unique performance of the MAX IV 3 GeV storage ring to provide new possibilities in collecting high quality structural data from microcrystals.

MicroMAX will build on the rapid development of serial crystallography that is presently attracting great interest within the structural biology community. MicroMAX will not only increase the probability of obtaining structural data from challenging projects where only microcrystals are available but also enable data collection at room temperature and time resolved experiments with a time resolution down to the microsecond range.

We are now looking for a PhD student to work on serial crystallography in collaboration with the University of Gothenburg.

The student will be enrolled at University of Gothenburg and employed by MAX IV Laboratory at Lund University. The student will be placed at the MAX IV Laboratory, but the PhD work will be in close collaboration with University of Gothenburg with Richard Neutze as academic supervisor. It is foreseen that shorter periods of time will be spent in Gothenburg to prepare protein crystals for experiments, learn methods etc. but also to participate in compulsory parts of the PhD programme. At MAX IV Laboratory, Thomas Ursby will be co-supervisor and supervise the daily work of instrument and methods development. The student will be part of the MAX IV Laboratory Macromolecular Crystallography group and work closely with colleagues developing serial crystallography at MAX IV.

We are excited about the possibilities with this PhD project and think that this is a unique opportunity, with the new MAX IV 3-GeV storage ring and the BioMAX beamline in operation with already performed serial crystallography experiments and experiments setups in development, with the MicroMAX project, with the large interest in developments in serial crystallography around the world, with the collaboration between the groups in Gothenburg, at the forefront in this field, and the MAX IV, at the forefront of developments of X-ray facilities, and finally with the collaboration with the high- profile groups in Germany.

PhD project description

The PhD student will be part of a larger collaboration of Swedish and German research groups in a newly started project financed by a Swedish Research Council Röntgen-Ångström Cluster grant where the goal is to further develop the method of serial crystallography. The candidate will develop serial crystallography at MAX IV, both at the existing BioMAX beamline and as part of the development of the new MicroMAX beamline. The PhD project is focused on method and instrumentation development. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with the groups of Richard Neutze and Gisela Brändén at the University of Gothenburg.

Last application date: December 14, 2018
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Contact: Thomas Ursby: thomas.ursby (at)