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PhD Scholarship in Wwsc Molecular Structure and Dynamics of Biomaterials

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in wood science at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The funds for this fellowship are available for two years. Applications 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.

The project concerns the application of atomistic-scale computational methods, primarily molecular dynamics simulations, to predict and interpret experimental results from, e.g. nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, scattering of x-rays and neutrons, and vibrational spectroscopy, in highly heterogeneous biopolymer systems such as cellulose and hemicellulose. The ultimate goal is to reveal new and exciting information regarding the molecular structure and dynamics in those complex materials and how they are influenced by hydration. Such knowledge is sought after in both man-made biomaterials and the biological plant cell wall. The applicant should have a Master's degree in an appropriate theoretical subject area, and experience from the molecular science field. She/he could, for example, be either a physicist with interest in chemical physics and statistical thermodynamics, or a chemist with interest in physical chemistry and molecular thermodynamics. The candidate should further have documented skills in computer programming and numerical analysis. Experience in molecular dynamics simulations and/or computer modelling is advantageous. This position has a strong focus on theoretical and computational methods. Therefore, the application letter should contain a half-page section where the applicant comments on the relation between theoretical models on one hanWe are looking for highly motivated candidates who want to join the research front and create novel technology for a sustainable future, based on materials from the forest.

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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