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

Job description

The postdoctoral fellows will, for two years, work collaboratively on a project focused on studying the transport processes of polymer and colloidal systems in entangled cellulose fibre networks at different concentrations. The goal is to increase our knowledge to facilitate and optimise industrial processes. To achieve this, research will focus on macromolecular mechanisms controlling the interaction between cellulose fibres and selected polymer systems. One of the postdoctoral positions is experimental, including laboratory work using the infrastructure at the department and will pursue the use of advanced characterisation techniques using large-scale synchrotron and neutron facilities. Specifically, measurements will be performed at the MAX IV and PETRA III synchrotrons in Lund and Hamburg, respectively. The other position is theoretical and will use numerical coarse grain modelling tools to simulate the experimental work, including using these tools to analyse experimental data from the advanced characterisation techniques. The acquired knowledge from this project will be implemented in dedicated experiments targeting industrial implementation.  

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

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • Research expertise in the fields of engineering mechanics, engineering physics or fibre and polymer science
  • Documented experience in performing research in the field of cellulose fibre interactions through scientific publications.
  • Proven collaborative abilities
  • For the experimental position: proven knowledge or experience in advanced characterisation techniques using X-rays or neutrons.
  • For the experimental position: interest and ability to perform fieldwork using large-scale characterisation facilities.
  • For the theoretical position: proven knowledge and experience of coarse grain simulations.
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • For the theoretical position: experience in coarse-grain modelling using the Espresso MD software
  • Teaching abilities
  • Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills and ability to work independently.

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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.


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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 2
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2024-0612
  • Daniel Söderberg,
Published 08.Apr.2024
Last application date 15.May.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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