KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral scholarship in cellulose nanomaterials

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Stockholm, Sweden

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

The workplace

The department of Fiber and Polymer Technology: https://www.kth.se/fpt/biocomposites Focus is on nanostructured composite materials, in particular with nanocellulose as one component. The scientific interest is on relationships between processing and structure, and between structure and properties. Materials include nanocellulose, plant fibers, wood, biopolymers, and material systems such as aerogels, foams, biocomposites, polymer matrix nanocomposites, inorganic hybrids etc. The post doctors will work directly with Professor Lars Berglund.

Project Description

In this project, the focus is cellulose nanomaterials. We are interested in new material concepts in materials based on cellulose nanofibrils but also nanoporous wood fibers. Materials will be prepared with multifunctional applications in mind, where mechanical properties are combined with some other function such as electrical and ionic conductivity, piezoelectric effects, magnetic and optical properties. The larger program is funded by Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s foundation, and about 10 PhD students are postdocs are involved with 5-7 faculty. The long-term interest is in eco-friendly and multifunctional high-technology materials from cellulose.

The post doctors will investigate controlled preparation of nanostructured and multifunctional cellulose materials and composites. Important questions are related to novel material concepts, nanostructural control and an assessment of eco-friendly characteristics.

The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in a subject of relevance to the materials science and engineering of nanocellulose materials. A doctoral degree must have been obtained within three years when applying for this postdoctoral scholarship.

We seek a candidate with a background in materials science and engineering, including experimental studies. Previous experience in nanocellulose is advantageous but not necessary. Materials preparation skills and microscopy characterization experience are helpful.

The candidate should be structured and creative, be able to work independently at high pace, meet agreed deadlines, with good abilities in critical thinking and a good publication record. You should have good communication skills, with ability to have deep scientific discussion in English. Composite materials competence is an advantage. Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.


Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to kajsau@kth.se. 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 2020-01-04. Mark your application with reference number C-2019-2374.

The application must include the following documents:

• Curriculum vitae
• Cover letter (detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position)
• Contact information for two references

Please observe that you apply for a scholarship, not an employment.

About the position
Period: 1 year (with possibility to extend to 2 years)
Extent: Full-time
Number of scholarship: Up to two (2)
Amount of scholarship: According to agreement
Location: Stockholm


Lars Berglund, Professor
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH)
E-mail: blund@kth.se

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Postdoctoral scholarship in cellulose nanomaterials