PhD Scholarship Position on Modeling of Biocomposite Processing

A PhD scholarship in sustainable development is available at Chalmers University of Technology. This position is available for five years. Applications should be sent before December 15, 2019.

Information about the project

Eco-friendly materials and products are important ingredients in a society for sustainable development. The Cellulose Biocomposites project is a multidisciplinary effort exploring new opportunities for nanostructured cellulose materials. Research towards new materials and processing concepts is performed, including a sustainability perspective. Participating universities include KTH Royal Inst of Technology, Stockholm, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg and Lule Univ of Technology. The goals are new material concepts and knowledge towards better performance, new functionalities and eco-friendly attributes. The project is directed by Prof Lars Berglund at Wallenberg Wood Science Center, Dept of Fiber and Polymer Technology, KTH;

Biomaterials are a critical ingredient in the context of overarching societal efforts to increase the use of renewable materials. Therefore, the use of polymer with natural fiber reinforcements is expected to increase significantly. A current drive for polymer biocomposites is to maximize the use of renewable content in mass production systems. However, the full potential of highly filled biocomposites cannot be reached without the development of dedicated processing components.

Major responsibilities

In this framework, the PhD position will focus on the development of methodologies and procedures for material characterization, process modeling and optimization of processing flows, with a focus on extrusion. The project represents a strong industrial drive through a Stora Enso – Chalmers cooperation. The renewable materials company, Stora Enso develops and produces solutions based on wood and biomass for a range of industries and applications worldwide.

The position will be based at the Division of Engineering Materials, Department of Industrial and Materials Science at Chalmers working in close cooperation with the R&D team at Stora Enso.

Full-time temporary employment.The position is limited to a maximum of five years which includes teaching duties for 20% of the time.


To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in a relevant field. The ideal candidate will have a background in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science or related fields. Candidates with a background in fluid mechanics or polymer engineering with a desire to develop both experimental and basic numerical (CFD) skills are particularly encouraged to apply.

The project will comprise basic rheological characterization, processing and in-line characterization, application CFD techniques for the modeling of the processing flows and their experimental validation.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Information about the department

The main competencies at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science are found in the areas of: Human-Technology Interaction | Form and Function | Modeling and Simulation | Product Development | Material | Production and in the interaction between these areas. The research develops the industrial process, from need to finished product while creating added value. To combine skills throughout the whole chain distinguishes the department both nationally and internationally. Here we gather internationally prominent researchers, in dynamic and outstanding research environments, as well as in national and international research networks.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city ofGothenburg.

Read more aboutworking at Chalmersand ourbenefitsfor employees.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190621 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)


Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.

Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)

- Introduce yourself

- Describe your previous research fields and main research results

- Describe your future goals and future research focus

Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.

Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Application deadline: 15 December, 2019

Roland Kdr, Associate Professor, +46 31 772 12 56,

Anders Brolin, Director – Innovation Management at Stora Enso,


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