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  • 2022-11-25

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Postdoc in bio-based polymer barrier materials

Publicerad 2022-12-08

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.

Job description

This project aims to the development of bio-based and high-performing polymeric barrier materials for packaging solutions of fiber raw material. We further aim to understand and model structures and properties during production, use, and recycling.

The scientific objectives are: i) Devising feasible and sustainable pathways for the production of barrier materials, ii) integration into packaging solutions, and iii) in-depth understanding of structural and chemical relationships that govern the performance of the materials during application, use and in the recycling process.

Work tasks include laboratory and analytical work, planning, developing, implementing and evaluating syntheses and materials, as well as written and oral presentation. The project is a Vinnova-financed collaboration between KTH and several companies and provides a great opportunity to work in a network within academia and industry in Sweden.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Works in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Collaboration with Sweden’s agricultural cooperative, industry, and other universities.
  • Access to top-equipped research and laboratory facilities.
  • The opportunity to establish a transdisciplinary network.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline (With some exceptions for special reasons such as periods of sick or parental leave, kindly indicate if such reason exists in your resume).
  • Competence in chemistry, materials science with a focus on polymeric materials and/or polymer technology from higher education or equivalent studies
  • Research expertise
  • Collaborative abilities
  • Independence and a problem-solving ability
  • Good English skills, since it is required in the daily work,  equivalent to English B/6, read more here.
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality.

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • A doctoral degree in chemistry, material science with focus on polymer materials, polymer technology or eqvivalent.

  • Teaching abilities

Practical and theoretical experience in bio-based polymers and/or polymer packaging materials is strongly qualifying. Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency

Trade union representatives

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


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.

The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.

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

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

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.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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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.


Anställningsform: tidsbegränsad anställning | Anställningens omfattning: heltid | Antal lediga befattningar: 1 | Sysselsättningsgrad: 100% | Ort: Stockholm | Län: Stockholms län | Land: Sweden | Referensnummer: C-2022-2485 | Kontakt: Ulrica Edlund 08-7907634, Ulrica Edlund 08-7907634, | Publicerat: 2022-11-25 | Sista ansökningsdag: 2022-12-22

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