PhD Scholarship in Wwsc Polymer Chemistry and Interactions with Cnf

KTH Royal Institute of Technology has an opening PhD position in wood science. The funds for this fellowship 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.

Cellulose fibres is a class of materials with intriguing templating capabilities. This is strongly correlated to their high aspect ratio, porous macroscopic structure and large number of reactive groups available for site-specific functionalization. However, robust modification strategies through the interaction with precision polymers and is still in its infancy. Here, researchers with expertise in robust chemistries need to undertake the challenge of unfolding new modification strategies that enable efficient hybridization, both physical and chemical, with functional probes being oligomers. The appropriate background for this position is a Master’s degree in organic or polymer chemistry, polymer technology, macromolecular materials, soft materials or the equivalent. The applicant should have a good insight in and willingness to learn how hybrid materials are generated through an interplay between synthetic polymers and cellulolse based raw materials. The formed hybrid materials should be carefully characterized to establish structure-to-property relationship. To do this, advanced characterization techniques (e.g. NMR, MALDI-TOF, FT-RAMAN, TEM, SEM etc) will be used to monitor chemistry and produced materials. Sustainable, robust and orthogonal chemistries, including click reactions, will be heavily utilized to develop cutting-edge polymers and hybrid materials.

We are looking for motivated and independent candidates who are eager to unfold novel cellulosic high-performance materials for a sustainable and bright future.

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 persona 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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