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Phd:s and Postdoc Within Wwsc Project Functional Fibers and Fiber Network

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden has an opening PhD position in material sciences. The funding allows successful candidate to work for four years. The deadline to apply is November 04, 2018.

Information aboutWallenberg Wood science Center and the research

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 Linkping 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 to form a basis for innovative future valorization of forest resources.

WWSC Academy is a graduate school run by the center, where a total of 60 PhD students have been educated over the last 10 years and afterwards found attractive jobs both in academia, start-ups and industry. The center organizes biannual interdisciplinary conferences, and has had an annual output of 70-90 publications including many in high-ranked journals. WWSC is currently entering a new stage as it has been funded for 10 additional years - WWSC 2.0.

At Chalmers, WWSC includes principal investigators from the departments of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Physics, and Industrial and Materials Science. The research performed spans from development of novel chemical and biological processing techniques for production of wood components, and use of these to construct new exciting materials, such as functional fibers or composites for energy and electronics. Within WWSC, physicists, chemical engineers, physical chemists, material scientists, organic chemists, and biotechnologists are working closely together to join interdisciplinary competences in novel projects. We have access to world-leading equipment in advanced material characterization including electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, scattering techniques, and NMR in addition to wood processing.

The project, aiming at development of next generation cellulose materials, will be at the crossroads of organic-, polymer and colloidal chemistry. It will include scalable chemical modification and molecular characterization of cellulose structures on different hierarchical levels (dissolved cellulose, nanocellulose, fibers, etc.) relying on techniques such as NMR, IR, scattering, microscopy and rheology. Additionally, chemical structure-property correlations will be sought for. Therefore, the project will also contain physical and material characterization of the formed cellulose structures to gain insight in the processability and bulk properties of the formed materials.

Major responsibilities

The majority of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies. As a PhD student you are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results orally as well as in writing. In addition, the position will normally include departmental work, mostly teaching duties.

As a Ph.D as well as a postdoc you are expected to bring the research forward and communicate scientific results orally as well as in writing.

Full-time temporary employment. The employment is limited to a maximum of four years full-time research studies for PhD:s and two years full time research as a postdoc.

Qualifications

The successful candidate holds a master or a PhD in organic-, polymer chemistry or material science with an experience from some of the characterization techniques mentioned, eager to work in a broad multidisciplinary set up is sought for. A very good capability of communicating scientific results in English, both orally and in writing is required.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180541 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

For PhD student position

CV:(Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)

CV

Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.

Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter:(Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)

1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.

Previous research fields and main research results.

Future goals and research focus.Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:

Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.

Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

For Post-Doc

CV:(Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number)including:

CV, include complete list of publications

Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences

Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter:(Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)including:

1-3 pages where you introduce yourselfand present your qualifications.

Previous research fields and main research results.

Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:

Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Application deadline: 4 November, 2018

For questions, please contact:

Professor Gunnar Westman

Email: westman@chalmers.se

Phone: +46 31 7723072

Associate professor Merima Hasani

Email: merima.hasani@chalmers.se


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