KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology & Health
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.
The research division Biocomposites at the Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology: https://www.kth.se/fpt/biocomposites The group works in a multidisciplinary framework, with competences ranging from cellulose and polymer chemistry to mechanics and processing of composites and molecular dynamics modeling. Focus is on nanostructured biocomposites and cellulose materials. The scientific interest is new material concepts, where structural and functional properties are combined. Material components include nanocellulose, plant fibers, wood, biopolymers, and are used in nanomaterial systems such as aerogels, foams, biocomposites, polymer matrix nanocomposites, inorganic hybrids etc. The post doctor will work directly with Professor Lars Berglund.
In this project, we investigate new material concepts based on cellulose nanofibrils, nanoporous wood fibers or delignified wood films. Interfaces are important, either cellulose-polymer matrix or cellulose-cellulose. Materials will be prepared with multifunctional applications in mind, where mechanical properties are combined with some other function such as optical transmittance, fire retardancy, moisture stability and recycling in mind. Eco-friendly aspects are critical. The larger program is funded by Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation, and about 10 PhD students and postdocs are involved with 5-7 faculty. The long-term interest is in eco-friendly and multifunctional high-technology materials from cellulose.
The post doctor will investigate nanostructured fibrils, wood fibers or delignified wood in multifunctional cellulose materials and biocomposites. Important questions are related to novel material concepts, nanostructural control and an assessment of eco-friendly characteristics.
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
- Works in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
- Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH
- Multidisciplinary research environment, with strong publication record.
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- A doctoral degree in topic related to Polymer Science, Polymer Composites, Materials Science and Engineering or corresponding competences (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).
- Experience in laboratory work related to polymers, composites, cellulose fibers or related topic.
- Experience in materials preparation, SEM, and mechanical testing.
- The candidate should have strong engineering science skills, be structured and creative, be able to work independently at high pace, capable of critical thinking and have a good publication record. You should have good communication skills, and be skilled in scientific discussions on advanced topics in English.
Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.
Strong competence and experience in polymer composites, cellulose fibers or polymers is an advantage, and:
- Engineering science skills
- Mastering of advanced experimental or theoretical methods
- Awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality
- Teamwork abilities
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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).
The application must include the following documents:
- Curriculum vitae (including list of publications, education and relevant academic/work experience)
- Cover letter (maximum 1 page)
- Official record of transcripts and copy of degree certificate
- Contact information for two references
About the employment
The position offered is for, at the most, two 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.
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|Type of employment||Temporary position longer than 6 months|
|Contract type||Full time|
|First day of employment||According to agreement|
|Number of positions||1|
|Contact||Lars Berglund, Professor, email@example.com|
|Last application date||30.Sep.2020 11:59 PM CET|
Post expires on Wednesday September 30th, 2020