Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) is a research center striving for scientific excellence, with a focus on new materials from trees. The center creates knowledge and builds competence for an innovative and sustainable future value creation from forest raw materials. WWSC is a multidisciplinary collaboration between KTH, Chalmers, and Linköping University. The base is a donation from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and the forest industry is supporting WWSC via the national platform Treesearch.
Third-cycle subject: Fibre and polymer science
With the global quest for sustainability, there is a strong drive for developing bio-based alternatives to today's materials to replace fossil-based materials and provide future materials with new and advanced functionalities. One of the main challenges in this development is that for water-based fabrication processes of lignocellulosic material concepts, it is essential to remove water as efficiently as possible, striving at low energy demand, specifically for drying. This is a technical challenge. Successful processes/technologies should be characterised by low energy demand and reduced water demand during processing and follow the “principles of green chemistry”.
The project will study the interaction between water and lignocellulosic surfaces. It will primarily be experimental and apply various state-of-the-art techniques, e.g. advanced scattering techniques using synchrotron light and neutron sources to elucidate the physical mechanisms controlling the water behaviour.
Supervision: Professor Daniel Söderberg will supervise the doctoral student.What we offer
To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6, read more hereSelection
In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:
The applicant must be able to speak and write scientific English, and speak English fluently, since it is required in the daily work. The applicant should have documented skills in summarizing research results in written and oral presentation.
Experience from the use of experimental methods and development of tools for analysis and modelling (including programming using e.g. Python or Matlab) is considered meritorious.
After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.
Target degree: Doctoral degreeInformation regarding admission and employment
Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.Union representatives
You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH's website.Doctoral section (Students' union on KTH Royal Institute of
You will find contact information for doctoral section on the section's website.Application
Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.
Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).
Applications must include the following elements:
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