Sunday, May 2, 2021

Postdoc in bio-based polymer materials


KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Job description

With a focus on sustainability, this project aims to find out how agriculture-sourced materials should be processed and modified to enable replacement of today´s bulk thermoplastics. The scientific objectives of this project are:

i) In-depth understanding of how to create a lignocellulosic feedstock based on the unique spatial and compositional structure of the biomass,

ii) In-depth understanding of the chemical and morphological structures over length scales ranging over several orders of magnitude in the biomass after treatment, and

iii) Structural and chemical relationships for how modification processes affect the functionality of the materials.

The project is part of the research center Fib:Re, funded by Vinnova. You will have great opportunities to work within a large network within academia and industry in Sweden.

You can read more about what is included in a postdoctoral position in the Employment Regulations and on the Swedish Agency for Government Employers - postdoctoral agreement

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Collaboration with Sweden’s agricultural cooperative, industry, and other universities.
  • Access to top-equipped research and laboratory facilities.
  • The opportunity to establish a transdisciplinary network.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • You have a doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline (With some exceptions for special reasons such as periods of sick or parental leave, kindly indicate if such reason exists in your resume).
  • You have good scientific skills.
  • Your ability to co-operate is good and you can also work independently.
  • You possess a good problem-solving ability.
  • You are aware of diversity and equal treatment issues.
  • You have excellent knowledge of English, both written and oral, that is English equivalent to English B/6, read more here

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in chemistry, materials science and/or polymer technology from higher education or equivalent studies
  • Previous experience in polysaccharides or biorefining is strongly qualifying.
  • You have a good pedagogical ability.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH's webbpage.


Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, one and a half years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

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