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PhD Scholarship in Wwsc Functionalized Wood Templates

KTH Royal Institute of Technology is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening PhD position in biotechnology. The funds for this position are available for two years. Candidates are welcome 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.

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 as a basis for eco-friendly materials for the future.

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 as a basis for eco-friendly materials for the future.

Wood has been mainly used for bioenergy, building & construction, and paper & packaging worldwide. Unlike traditional bulk wood modification, recent studies focus more on wood-based functional materials exploiting the nanocellulose orientation, nanoscale porosity and hierarchical structure in wood. Taking advantage of the hierarchical structure that naturally occurs in wood through a top-down approach, nano- and microporous wood templates can be prepared by the removal of chromophores and possibly wood biopolymers in the cell wall. The goal of the project is to understand the effect of the extraction process on the porous structure and chemical and mechanical properties of the wood template and further immobilise functional moieties on the wood template by chemical and enzymatic approaches for functional applications. The functional moieties include reactive molecules, functional enzymes, nanoparticles, and antibodies, targeting specific applications in wastewater treatment, biodiagnostics, and sensors.

The competence in this field should be based on a solid knowledge in wood science and technology, wood biotechnology, biochemistry, enzyme technology as applied to biomaterials in general and specifically on wood structures. The appropriate background for this position is a Master’s degree in synthetic biotechnology, biomaterials, industrial biotechnology, or the equivalent. Functional wood as environmental sensors will be studied in collaboration with the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linkping University.

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

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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