Postdoc in nanocellulose fibril characterization for new materials

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden
Monthly salary incl pension and social security benefits
December 14 2016
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type

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 in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

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Job description

Nanocellulose is one of the most important research areas in biobased materials. KTH has an established international position, with many strong research groups involved in the program. This specific project concerns industrial grades of nanocellulose, where the fibrils are characterized in the context of their applications in new materials such as biocomposites, nanopaper films and adhesives. The objective is to develop relevant characterization methods and explore the potential of the nanocellulose fibrils in new materials.

Tasks include to plan and execute research, analyze the data, and publish the results in open literature. Experimental work may include characterization of colloids, preparation of materials, microscopy of fibrils and fibril-containing materials, physical testing of material properties etc.

The successful candidate will work in a project on ”Nanocellulose fibril characterization for new materials” in the Biocomposites Group of Professor Lars Berglund.

This postdoctoral position is a full-time employed position for one year with a possible one-year extension. The position is mainly a research position, with a small fraction of departmental duties (e.g. teaching). The starting date is open for discussion, though ideally we would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible.


Ph.D.-degree in materials science or related discipline, with focus on polymers and/or polymer nanocomposites. Experience from nanocellulose research may be advantageous.

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Lars Berglund, Professor
Phone: +46 8 790 8118

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