PhD Scholarship in Wwsc:advanced Chemical Modification of Lignin Fractions

KTH Royal Institute of Technology is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening PhD position in wood science. This position is available for two years. The deadline for applying is 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.

Lignin, a naturally abundant, phenolic biopolymer, could replace fossil-based phenols that today are used in material synthesis, e.g., the manufacture of plastic material. A basis for eco-friendly materials for the future. The competence for the position in this area should be based on a solid knowledge in organic and polymer chemistry applied to biomaterials in general and specifically on lignin-derived sources. 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 also have a good insight in and willingness to learn how biomaterials are formed in nature and how this information can be utilized and applied in a sustainable way on lignin based raw materials. The formed materials should be carefully characterized to establish relationships between the properties of the building blocks and the properties of the formed materials. To do this, advanced characterization techniques (e.g. NMR) will be used to monitor chemical transformations of lignin fractions. The principles of green chemistry will also be applied when developing new synthesis protocols.

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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