KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral researcher in glycoprotein materials

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Stockholm, Sweden

Kungliga Tekniska högskolan

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leadingtechnical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. Weare Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers andfaculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciencesand all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, historyand philosophy.

Job description

The Postdoctoral researcher will be involved in a project from Lantmännen Research Foundation on designing new glycoprotein materials using isolated building blocks from wheat bran. This is a collaboration between the Division of Glycocience (Associate Professor Francisco Vilaplana) and the Division of Polymeric Materials (Prof. Mikael Hedenqvist). The Postdoctoral researcher will extract and characterize polysaccharides and proteins from wheat bran with methods developed in both laboratories. The Postdoctoral researcher will perform chemical and enzymatic modifications to reach specific macromolecular architectures.

The Postdoctoral researcher will also prepare films and hydrogels with the designed glycoproteins and analyze their properties. The postdoctoral researcher will assist in the project administrative management and in the dissemination of research results through research publications. Finally, the Postdoctoral researcher is expected to participate as co-supervisor of master’s students.

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- International workplace.
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- Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.


The candidate should have demonstrated practical experience on biopolymers (polysaccharides and/or proteins) through documented scientific publications. The candidate must have performed research activities in several of the following areas: (i) extraction of biopolymers from various biomass sources; (ii) chemical or enzymatic modification of biopolymers; (iii) characterization of the molecular structure of biopolymers; and (iv) design of biobased materials and characterization of their macroscopic properties.

The candidate should have excellent communication skills in scientific English, both orally and in writing.

The candidate must have a doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Preferred qualifications

Proof of (co)-supervision of students with Bachelors and Masters degrees is also desirable.

The following is also preferred:
- Research expertise
- Educational ability
- Awareness of diversity and equal treatment
- Teamwork
- Independence

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH’s webbpage.


The application must include the following documents:
- Curriculum vitae.
- Cover letter (max 1 page) detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position.
- Research statement (max 2 pages) where you describe your scientific achievements up to date and how they relate to the project description.
- Contact information for three references.

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, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

Temporary employment for 1 year with the possibility of extension for 1 more year. Start date according to agreement.

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.


Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH’s work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

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Quote Reference: C-2020-0434