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PhD Scholarship in Wwsc Physicochemical Properties of Cellulosic Fibres

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden is offering PhD position in wood science. The funds for this fellowship are available for two years. Applications should be sent 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.

Delignified cellulose fibres have an intricate internal structure and a very high specific surface area under wet conditions. This constitutes a large opportunity for chemical and physical functionalization and development of totally new materials from wood-based fibres. By liberating the fibrils from the fibre wall and clarifying the colloidal-chemical properties of this highly anisotropic nano-building block it will also be possible to create new materials with unique properties from this renewable material. The applicants should also have a good insight in and willingness to learn how biomaterials are formed in nature an how this information can be utilized to use nanomaterials from wood to form new functional materials by applying new and accepted knowledge in surface and colloid science including self-assembly techniques. The formed materials should be carefully characterized to establish relationships between the properties of the nano-building blocks and the properties of the formed materials. To do this, high resolution scattering techniques will be used in combination with accepted methods in surface and colloid science and a basic knowledge in these techniques is therefore an advantage.

A suitable background for this position is a master degree in fibre and polymer technology, polymer science, surface and colloid science, or equivalent.

We 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.

The applicant must be able to speak and write scientific English, and speak English fluently.

The applicant should have documented skills in summarizing research results in written and oral presentation.

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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