School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH

Job description

This recruitment is connected to the Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability (WISE). WISE, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, is the largest-ever investment in materials science in Sweden and will encompass major efforts at Sweden’s foremost universities over the course of 10 years. The vision is a sustainable future through materials science, read more here

The research will be conducted in division Biocomposites at the Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology. The post doctor will work directly with Asst. Prof. Yuanyuan Li and co-supervised by Assoc. Prof. Richard Olsson and Assoc. Prof. Haining Tian from Uppsala University.

Electrocatalytic reaction is a green technology for sustainable energy conversion, materials design, environment remediation, and green chemistry, where the role of catalyst is essential. Hierarchical structures combining multi-scale pores are favorable due to combined high specific surface area, mass diffusion in the structure and accessibility to the surface. In nature, biological materials are much more advanced in terms of anisotropic porous structure in addition to its renewable and abundant origins.

The current project aims to develop wood modification strategies to make hierarchical catalysts for electrocatalytic reactions such as water splitting and CO2 reduction. The work will have an experimental focus includes but not limited to wood modification and characterization, electrocatalytic reaction and relative products detection, microscopy techniques, FTIR, NMR, and x-ray scattering.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH
  • All early-stage researchers recruited into the WISE program will be a part of the WISE Graduate School , an ambitious nationwide program of seminars, courses, research visits, and other activities to promote a strong multi-disciplinary and international network between PhD students, postdocs, researchers, and industry.

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  • A doctoral degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, fibre and polymer technology, polymer science, materials science, materials chemistry, or corresponding competences or an equivalent foreign degree. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • You should have strong engineering science skills, research expertise and a good publication record.
  • You are scientifically creative and are laboratory skilled and have experience in materials preparation, SEM, FTIR, and mechanical testing.

  • Good oral and written proficiency in English and you should have good communication skills, and be skilled in scientific discussions on advanced topics in English.

We are looking for a person with good teaching abilities and good collaborative skills. You can work independently at high pace and you are structured and creative and capable of critical thinking. You should be aware of diversity and equal opportunity issues with a special focus on gender equality. Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline.
  • The project is multi-displinary and broad technical background, e.g. electrochemistry is an advantage.

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  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.
A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2023-0159
  • Yuanyuan Li, Assistant Professor, +46728410615,
Published 10.Feb.2023
Last application date 31.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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