Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas.

Health, natural resources, sustainable energy and materials are some of our lead words and our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”.

We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg.


Information about the research
The Forest Products and Chemical Engineering is a broad biorefinery research team relying on knowledge of chemistry and chemical engineering involved in current and developing pulping/biorefinery processes and a very lively interdisciplinary collaborations within Chalmers, Sweden and internationally.

Close collaboration with Organic chemistry, Chemical engineering design, Polymer technology and Surface chemistry at Chalmers were established already in 2005 with the joint project initiated by the pulp producer Södra and involve today also the research institute Swerea and Lund University. Furthermore the presence of the Wallenberg Wood Science Center at the division provides close interaction with the KTH and SU. Engagement in the Mistra Future Fashion project coordinated by SP should also be mentioned as it offers close interaction with the textile industry actors and provides good insights in the textile recycling efforts. As being interdisciplinary in its nature, the present project is expected to benefit from these interactions.

Major responsibilities
The main responsibilities of the PhD-candidate, together with the supervisors, will be to gain a fundamental understanding for cellulose-carbon dioxide interactions mediated by a specific group of catalysts/additivies in the cold NaOH(aq) dissolution system and based on that develop strategies for improved dissolution and regeneration of cellulose from this system.

Investigation of interaction mechanisms on molecular level will be in focus, but implications on large scale processing will also be taken into account.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

The PhD-candidate should have an education on MSc level in Chemical Engineering, Biothechnology or equivalent. MSc thesis related to organic chemistry, spectroscopic methods in organic chemistry, cellulose technology and pulping/biorefinery processes with focus on cellulose materials and/or master level courses in Cellulose technology, Biorefinery and Organic chemistry is seen as meritorious. It is meritorious with experience in organic syntesis.

To be succesfull in this position you need to be highly motivated and have an innovative way of thinking. You also need the ability to be independent but enjoy work in team.

The undergraduates are normally taught in Swedish, although the graduate level teaching is in English. Also the project involves international colaborations and thus fluent english is required. Applicants who do not have Swedish as native language should be able to teach in Swedish after two years of employment.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170244 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)

• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) 

• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:

• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 2017-06-10

For questions, please contact:
Assistant professor Merima Hasani,, phone: +46 704 532 485.

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