Doctoral student in the field: Modified fibers for bio-based materials

Doctoral student in the field: Modified fibers for bio-based materials

Yrke: Doktorand
Arbetsgivare: RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Arbetets ort: Luleå, Norrbottens län
Senaste ansökningsdatum: 2021-10-21
Publiceringsdatum: 2021-10-01


Arbetslivserfarenhet: Doktorand


Are you a recent graduate MSc in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Fiber Technology, Materials Science or similar and want to continue in the research area "resource-smart processes for bio-based materials"? Are you curious about and want to contribute to the entire value chain from wood-based raw materials to industrial upscaling of bio-based low-density materials? Do you want to participate in an exciting project where academia, research institutes and industry collaborate? Then you might be the doctoral student we are looking for!

About us
Luleå University of Technology (LTU) and MoRe Research collaborate with industry in a new research project; "Resource-smart processes" funded by BioInnovation (www. The employment takes place at MoRe Research, Örnsköldsvik (part of RISE) but the position has a double connection where the employee will be positioned at LTU in Luleå for the first two years and the subsequent two in the research group at MoRe Research in Örnsköldsvik.The research group Biochemical Process Engineering at Luleå University of Technology consists of 20+ people who work with pre-treatment of biomass, design and use of enzymes and microorganisms for the production of fuels, chemicals and materials. Our expertise ranges from molecular biology, industrial biotechnology, enzyme technology, protein chemistry, process technology to modeling of bioprocesses.

MoRe Research is a subsidiary (approximately 50 employees) of RISE AB and works with forest industry research and development. One group focuses on material development, including composite materials, low-density materials and hot-pressed materials. Our focus is application-based research with forest raw materials as a starting point, and our expertise lies in materials such as fiber and cellulose chemistry and its interactions as well as process technology with applications from lab scale to pilot scale.

Project focus
The purpose of the research project is to process and chemically modify outgoing carbohydrate fractions from the ”organosolv” process. These modified carbohydrates will then be used as constituent components of a bio-based low-density material. By having control over the process parameters from fraction to finished application, an interesting opportunity is given to set the properties of the constituent components in a way that results in a material that exhibits the desired mechanical strength and wet stability.

Terms of employment
Employment as a doctoral student at MoRe Research. The work will be carried out in equal parts at Luleå University of Technology (2 years) and at MoRe Research in Örnsköldsvik (2 years) with supervision from each party. The assignment is limited in time to cover a total of 4 years of full-time work. Desired start date: 20211201.

The position as a doctoral student
In the current position as a doctoral student, you will carry out experimental research that is combined with analysis work, work with scientific publications, and doctoral student courses.

Are you the one we are looking for?
We are looking for you who have a degree in MSc in Chemical Engineering, Chemical Science, Fiber Technology, Materials Science or similar.

The following are qualifying in the selection:

- Master of Science / MSc in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Fiber Technology, Materials Science or similar prior knowledge that qualifies for postgraduate education.
- Accustomed to working in a laboratory environment.
- Good knowledge of the English language - both speech and writing.

The following are meritorious:

- Practical experience in enzymatic functionalization and / or mass production.
- Experience of analytical methods such as HPLC, FTIR, XPS.

As a person, we see that you are curious, motivated to the research assignment and driving. You must have the experience and possess teamwork abilities as the position involves collaboration with other researchers and other skills.

Are we right for each other?
At RISE, we like diversification, and we are convinced that diversity contributes to an innovative environment where we together challenge boundaries and develop new knowledge and skills for the future. We do not promise you an easy job, but we can promise an exciting journey where we, together with committed and competent colleagues, contribute to a sustainable future and to securing an edge in global competition. Do you want to join the journey?

Welcome with your application no later than 211020. Selection takes place on an ongoing basis so that the position can be filled before the last date. The application must be received via our e-recruitment system Varbi no later than 211020. Your application must contain a personal letter with justification for why you are applying for the job and CV.

Do you have any questions about the position or want to know more? Please contact Sara Wallstén at MoRe Research +46 72 226 34 38, or Ulrika Rova at LTU +46 70 2401315. Hiring manager at MoRe Research is: Anna Svedberg, +46 70 8191175.

Current union representatives:
Jessica Sjöstedt for Swedish Engineers, +46 702 439 998.
Madelene Nordquist for the Union, +46 730 658 687.

We kindly ask external recruitment companies and salespeople not to contact us as we are governed by the Swedish Procurement Act.

Doctoral student, organosolv, bio-based, fiber, MoRe, RISE, Örnsköldsvik, LTU, Luleå