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PhD Scholarship in Wwsc Cellulose/metallic Oxide Hybrids

A new PhD position in wood science is available at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The initial contract for this position is 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.

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.

Methods to grow and organize inorganic particles in a structurally favorable manner along cellulose crystals, and three-dimensional cellulose templates (wood), are prioritized in this project. The intention is to use water-based chemistry to investigate hierarchal substructures of inorganic particle materials in the presence of cellulose, or as assembled to cellulose. The reactions will be carried out via confined space precipitation/crystallization in cellulose matrices, with a focus on length/volume scales and the requirements for proper nucleation chemistry to occur. The studies will pave the way for designing inorganic structures with specific atomic terminations (and compositions) in the area of hybrid cellulose materials, with induced physical and chemical properties such as semi-conductive, optical, biological properties etc.

The appropriate background for this position is a Master’s degree in polymer technology, macromolecular materials, soft materials or the equivalent and a strong interest in laboratory work, with the associated material characterizations, primarily involving microscopy. 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.

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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