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

Job description

The tasks are mainly the processing of a number of selected wood-based highly viscous materials. The focus is thermoplasticity and how the term should be used for highly viscous materials, a work that is intended to lead to a standardized method for determining thermoplasticity of materials intended for lowflow processing methods. This position is part of a two-year project where the first year is the employment at KTH Stockholm and the second year at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg. 

At KTH, the position will be in the Division Of Polymeric Materials (headed by M. Hedenqvist) within the Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology. The division and specifically the group of Hedenqvist deals with processing and characterisation of both synthetic and natural polymers and composites. One main theme is protein and polysaccharide (cellulose etc) plastics. The group has also a theme on mimicking nature’s solutions, such as cuticle-inspired barrier materials.  
At Chalmers, the position will be in The Rheology and Processing of Soft Matter Group (R. Kádár) within the Department of Industrial and Material Science, Division of Engineering Materials. Current research activities and interests in the group are centered around three topics: (i) field-filler interactions in (nano)structured soft matter systems, (ii) multifunctional properties in nanocomposites, (iii) advanced rheological characterization and rheological method development. 

This will be a close collaboration between two groups working within the the FibRe Vinnova Competence Centre. The Centre is a research consortium between academia (Chalmers University of Technology and KTH Royal Institute of Technology), industry and public organisation partners. The vision is a sustainable society where thermoplastic fossil-based plastics are replaced by lignocellulose-based materials. 

What we offer

  • A position at one of the leading technical universities that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • A collaboration with Chalmers which is also 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. 
  • Chalmers offer work in Gothenburg
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

Read more about what it is like to work at KTH and Chalmers



  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • It is preferred that you have experience on the processing of polymers and the characterization of these
  • It is preferred that you also have experience of natural polymers, such as cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose
  • Knowledge and skills that are meritorious for the position
  • Research expertise
  • Teaching ability.
  • The ability to work towards research results being utilised in practice.
  • The ability to inform about research and development work
  • Experience of developing and leading activities and staff.
  • Knowledge of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality 
  • Collaborative abilities.
  • Independence.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

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Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application.

The application must include:

  1. CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  2. 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.
  3. Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

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

About the employment

The employment is valid for a limited time according to the agreement - 12 months at KTH and  12 months at Chalmers, with access according to agreement. The candidate selection process will be in collaboration between KTH and Chalmers.

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Type of employment Special fixed-term employment
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-2023-0314
  • Mikael Hedenqvist,
Published 27.Feb.2023
Last application date 20.Mar.2023 11:59 PM CET

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