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Polymer Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship Royal Institute of Technology KTH

The KTH  Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key center of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and welcome students, researchers and professors from all over the world. Our research and training cover a broad field including the natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, town planning, history and philosophy.

Work place

Wallenberg Wood Science Center (  WWSC  ) is a research center that started in 2009 and is funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. WWSC  is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Chalmers,  KTH  and Linköping University that strives for scientific excellence, and the overall goal is to develop new materials from trees. The mission of the center is to create knowledge and skills as the basis for environmentally friendly materials for the future. For more information :  and

Description of the project

We are looking for someone interested in designing and synthesizing well-defined bio-based polymeric materials and understanding how their nanoscale to microscopic structure affects their properties. In this project we will be using the inherent chemical functionality of building blocksrenewable to combine immiscible chemical structures in various polymer architectures. Depending on the combination of the basic structure and the designed architecture, nano-scale assembly control and, therefore, macroscopic functionality will be created. The objective will be to obtain a thermoplastic elastomer behavior and to combine it with personalized interactions with natural fibers. The result of the knowledge is a new class of fully biobased materials with the desired material properties, predefined lifetimes and recycling possibilities.


A doctorate or an equivalent foreign diploma, obtained during the last three years preceding the application deadline . The candidate must have obtained a doctorate in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science, preferably with an emphasis on organic chemistry, polymer chemistry or polymer science. The applicant must have demonstrated excellent previous research, for example in international scientific publications. Documented experience in some of the following areas: polymer synthesis, controlled polymerization, ring-opening polymerization, renewable materials, characterization of polymers (e.g.  SEC  ,  NMR , mechanical testing,  DSC  and  AFM ) or an understanding of their structure-property relationship is considered an advantage.

The applicant must also have:

• The ability to contribute their own ideas, independently manage their own work, and support and collaborate with others in their research.

• Good knowledge of spoken and written English to enable publication and presentation of research results in journals and at international conferences.

• A professional attitude and being ready and willing to contribute to our research and to work in an international research team.

• Well-developed analytical skills.


Apply for this scholarship by emailing Erika Grehn,  . You are primarily responsible for ensuring that your application is complete as advertised. Your complete application must be received at  KTH by  November 24, 2020. Please mark your application with reference number C-2020-1787.

The application must include the following documents: • Curriculum vitae with a complete list of publications included • Letter of motivation (detailing both your previous scientific work experience in the field of research and your interest in this position) • Records of official notes of previous university studies with authorized English translations (if not published by the host institution) • A representative technical publication / report. If the document is long, attach an abstract and a web link to the full text. • Detailed contact details of two references.

Please note that you are applying for a scholarship and not for a job.

About the position (s) Period: 1 year (with possibility of extending by one year) Scope: Full time Amount of scholarship: As agreed Location: Stockholm, Sweden


Associate Professor Karin Odelius  KTH  Royal Institute of Technology School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (  CBH  ) E-post:

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