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PhD Scholarship in Low Density Wet Stable 3D Networks of Nanocellulose

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. The funding allows successful candidate to work for two years. Potential candidates should apply before January 16, 2019.

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 project includes new ways to design 3-dimensional, low density network of nanocelluosa that can be used as substrates in new biomedical applications, in electrically interactive materials and as interactive absorbent materials. The dimensions and characteristics of the nanocelluose makes it possible to structure the manufactured materials at different levels, from nm to micrometer and on to mm scale. The project is scientifically fundamental and new ways of manufacturing the materials will be developed. Self-associated processes will be used and evaluated. The materials will also be evaluated with new high-resolution scattering technologies and through collaboration with various research groups at KTH and national and international research groups. New theories for the spreading of liquids in the networks will also be developed.You will work in a multidisciplinary, international research group with many joint projects and cross-connections between the projects. The work is free and independent, yet thoroughly planned and with regular feedback between the supervisors and doctoral students. As a PhD student, you report to your supervisor, but the assisting supervisor also has an active and defined role. The work is funded by the Swedish Research Council, which supports long-term and fundamental research.

We are looking for you who have a Master of Science degree in chemistry/chemical engineering or equivalent and with a good knowledge of physical chemistry in general and in surface and colloid chemistry in particular. Knowledge of cellulose-based materials and nanocellulose is also considered an advantage.

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work.

The applicant should be fluent in English and have a documented skill in presenting the research results in written and oral communications.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

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.

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant's 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).


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