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Third-cycle subject: Fibre and Polymer Science
Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) is a research center which started in 2009 and is funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation. WWSC is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Chalmers, KTH and Linköping University striving for scientific excellence, and the overall aim is to develop new materials from trees. The mission of the center is to create knowledge and competence as a basis for eco-friendly materials for the future.
Lignin, a naturally abundant, phenolic biopolymer, could replace fossil-based phenols that today are used in material synthesis, e.g., the manufacture of plastic material. A basis for eco-friendly materials for the future. The competence for the position in this area should be based on a solid knowledge in organic and polymer chemistry applied to biomaterials in general and specifically on lignin-derived sources. The appropriate background for this position is a Master's degree in organic or polymer chemistry, polymer technology, macromolecular materials, soft materials or the equivalent. The applicant should also have a good insight in and willingness to learn how biomaterials are formed in nature and how this information can be utilized and applied in a sustainable way on lignin based raw materials. The formed materials should be carefully characterized to establish relationships between the properties of the building blocks and the properties of the formed materials. To do this, advanced characterization techniques (e.g. NMR) will be used to monitor chemical transformations of lignin fractions. The principles of green chemistry will also be applied when developing new synthesis protocols.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates who want to join the research front and create novel technology for a sustainable future, based on materials from the forest.
What we offer
- The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with industries and advanced universities the world over.
- Life-long network through KTH's Alumni organization.
- A personal study plan to support your development within your areas of interest.
- A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to [KTH's doctoral student salary agreement.[(https://intra.kth.se/en/anstallning/anstallningsvillkor/lon/doktorandstegen-1.572915)
- Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europe´s fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
- Help to relocate and get settled in Sweden and at KTH.
- The opportunity to join a leading research team in multiphase, multi-physics and nano-structured materials.
- Membership in the graduate school WWSC Academy, where ca 60 PhD students have been educated over the last 10 years and afterwards found attractive jobs both in academia, start-ups and industry.
Vi söker dig som
To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
passed a degree at advanced level,
Completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.
In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:
ability to independently pursue his or her work,
ability to collaborate with others,
have a professional approach and
analyse and work with complex issues.
In addition, the applicant must be able to speak and write scientific English, and speak English fluently.
After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.
Target degree: Doctoral degree
Information regarding admission and employment
Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.
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Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.
Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).
Applications must include the following elements:
- CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
- Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
- Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
- Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
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Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment According to agreement, latest 2019-06-30
Salary: Monthly salary according to KTH's doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Stockholms län
Reference number: C-2018-1971
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Last application date: 16.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET