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

Job description

Sustainable conversion of bioethanol into high-value C4+ chemicals is a crucial step towards reducing reliance on fossil-derived resources. In this project, you will play a crucial role in advancing the bioethanol conversion technologies for future biorefineries. The work includes designing and conducting comprehensive chemical reaction studies using novel heterogeneous catalysts and utilizing advanced modeling techniques to optimize catalytic performance. Additionally, you will be responsible for the development and design of catalytic reactors tailored to these specialized conversions, ensuring scalability and efficiency in future biorefinery operations. The work is a part of CROSS project funded by the Bioplus programme of the Swedish energy agency. Read more here.    

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
  • Previous experimental experience in catalytic reaction engineering and heterogeneous catalyst characterization
  • Excellent knowledge of English, both spoken and written. This since you have to use English on a daily basis
  • Collaborative abilities and independence.

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • Mathematical modeling skills (e.g MATLAB, Julia, Python, FORTRAN etc.)
  • Teaching and supervision abilities

Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills.

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To apply for the position

Log into KTH's recruitment system to apply for this position. You are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete according to the instructions in the ad.

The application must include:

  • 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.
  • 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 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, three 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 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2024-0896
  • Efthymios Kantarelis,
Published 27.May.2024
Last application date 28.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST
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