Phds and Postdocs Within WWSC Project Separation of Wood Components

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in material sciences at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The initial contract for this position is four years. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before November 04, 2018.

Information about Wallenberg Wood Science Center and the research

Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) is a research center wh’ich 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, 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.

To be able to utilise wood components for production of novel materials these components first needs to be separated and purified. These separations poses a great challenge and will require the use of several different techniques. Furthermore fundamental mechanisms during these operations are today poorly understood. This applies both for the extraction of components from the wood matrix (where both mass transport and adsorption will be important phenomena) as well as for downstream solid-liquid separation and membrane fractionation operations.

Major responsibilities

The majority of your working time will be devoted to your own research studies. As a PhD student you are expected to perform both experimental and theoretical work within your research studies as well as communicate your results at international conferences and in scientific journals. 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 in international conferences and in scientific journals.

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.


The successful candidate holds a MSc or PhD degree in chemical engineering, material science or related fields. Experiences from work with experimental set-ups and/or modelling is meriting.

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)


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 Hans Theliander


Phone: +46 31 7722992

Professor Anette Larsson


Phone +46 31 7722763

Assistant professor Tuve Mattsson


Phone: +46 31 7723102


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