PhD Scholarship in Materials Chemistry at Stockholm University

Stockholm University, Sweden is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a PhD position in wood science. This position is available for four years. Applicants should apply before November 05, 2018.

The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK) is one of the largest departments at the Faculty of Natural sciences with about 130 employees. The research activities of MMK are in the areas of Materials and Solid-state Chemistry focusing on different classes of materials; e.g. ceramics and glasses, self-assembled and porous materials, and soft matter. The work often encompasses synthesis, characterisation by X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy, NMR studies, modelling with computer simulations of materials with a potential for various applications. Environmental aspects are an important part of the research activities.

The project aims to develop novel routes to produce biobased porous filters by combined 3D printing and foaming, and to elucidate how the hierarchical porosity and surface modification can be tailored to provide high water flux and high separation efficiency.

The PhD project aims to develop protocols for tailoring the surfaces of nanocellulose to achieve fast gelation and optimal adsorption capacity and use them in 3D printing processes to obtain fully biobased 3D filters for water purification. The position involves research activities on nanocellulose processing, thorough characterisation of the structure and flow through porous filters, and understanding the interaction of pesticides and pharmaceuticals with nanocellulose as well as 3D filters. The applicant should have excellent skills in the English language, both written and spoken. The applicant should easily take initiatives and cooperate well in groups.

Highly motivated students with a background in chemistry, polymers or materials science and an interest in innovative and multi-disciplinary research are encouraged to apply. A basic training in one of the following fields; nanocellulose based composites processing, surface modification of nanocellulose, mechanical characterisation, 3D printing or chemical foaming of nanocellulose will be of advantage.

The PhD student will work with in Wallenberg Wood Science Centre and collaborate with the researchers at Stockholm Univeristy (SU), Royal Institite of Technology (KTH) and Chalmers University.

Qualification requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Materials chemistry is valid. Those studies should include at least one specialized course or a thesis in the research subject. In order to facilitate the evaluation of merits and suitability for the PhD studies your curriculum vitae (CV) should contain information about the extent and focus of the academic studies. The quantity (as part of an academic year) and the quality mark of courses in chemistry and physics are of particular interest. Please, state titles of undergraduate theses and project works.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.


The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. A committee will go through the applications and rank after the applicants capacity to benefit from a PhD education. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates' documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate's written motivation for seeking the position. A short list will be set up and interviews with the top candidates will be carried out at the department or via internet.

Economic support for the PhD studies are guaranteed for full time studies during the time period agreed on in the individual study plan. The studies does normally mean four years full time studies. You are encouraged to contact the project leader for more information about the project. For general information about the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry please contact the Head of the Department, Professor Gunnar Svensson,

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

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