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Ansök senast: 2021-05-05
Doctoral student in Polymer Technology
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.
Third-cycle subject: Fibre and Polymer Science
We are looking for a doctoral student interested in challenging some of the big research questions related to plastics. This includes developing and designing sustainable synthesis methods, expanding the understanding of how chemical structure effects material properties as well as how commercially practical chemical recycling methods can be achieved – all for the polyesters.
Today, over 350 million metric tons plastics are produced annually. Of these, an overwhelming amount are fossil-based and a surprisingly small amount of the plastics are reused or recycled. Of the plastics recycled, mechanical recycling is primarily utilized as chemical recycling today, in the end, often contribute with a smaller environmental gain.
In this project the goal is to develop synthesis methodologies for polyesters with predetermined chemical structures thereby reaching new and deepened knowledge related to what in the chemical structure truly determines the polymers structure-property relationships. A second goal is to apply the principles of green chemistry when viable methods for chemical recycling are developed and new or similar polymers synthesized. Thereby, the overall goal of this project is to contribute to a society where plastics have the material properties demanded and desired as well as them being recycled in a predetermined manner to building-blocks utilizable for new material synthesis.
Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by: Associate Professor Karin Odelius and Dr. Peter Olsén.
What we offer
- The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world.Read more
- A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement.
- A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
- Work and study in Stockholm, close to nature and the water.
- Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
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:
- passed a degree at advanced level, in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Polymer Technology or equivalent
- completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
- in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.
- Requirements for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here.
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:
- independently pursue his or her work
- collaborate with others,
- have a professional approach and
- analyse and work with complex issues.
The applicant is expected to have well developed writing and presentation skills as well as being able to work independently. Practical experience of laboratory-based synthesis work and characterisation and knowledge in Polymer Chemistry or Organic Chemistry is meritorious.
After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.
Target degree: Doctoral degree
Information 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.
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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:
- CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
- Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
- Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.
- Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
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