Post Doc in Developing Recyclable Composites

Royal Institute of Technology School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health


Postdoc in developing recyclable composites

KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

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

The position is placed at the Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology. The work will be conducted in close collaboration with FineCell Sweden.

The post doc person will be part of a team driven by the vision to enable a biobased and circular future by using advanced cellulose materials. At FineCell Sweden, all work is grounded in the understanding of science, and how this can be used to create real benefits to the society when commercialized. We will develop recyclable composites based on already recycled plastic in combination with FineCell’s cellulose products.

The goal of this project is to design and develop a recyclable composite based on recycled plastic and FineCell’s cellulose by addressing product’s end-of-life at the very beginning stage and to validate an industrial solution for composite based on recycled plastics.

Several years of top research at KTH Royal Institute of Technology has led to a unique and patented technology to produce sustainable micro-cellulose powder which FineCell is working to commercialize. This material has the potential to reduce and/or replace the use of fossil-based ingredients in composites, cosmetics, 3D printing and construction industries.

The project “Design and development of recycled alternative palternative to fossil-based plastics – towards a sustainable industry” is financed by FORMAS A Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development and FineCell Sweden AB.

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
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

Read more about what it is like to work at KTH



  • 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).
  • The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in material, process or chemical engineering with a focus on polymer material processing such as extrusion.
  • It is necessary to have experience with material characterization including chemical and mechanical properties.

Applicant should have a documented experience in some of the following areas: extrusion, composite development, material characterization, characterization by microscopy, development of bio-based products.

The successful candidate must have well-developed communication skills, as well as problem solving skills, and skills to seek for solutions outside the box.

We are looking for a results-oriented team player who takes initiatives and can contribute with his or her own ideas. Good knowledge of English in speech and writing is necessary to publish and present research results.

Preferred qualifications

It is preferable to have experience in fibre chemistry (natural and synthetic). Knowledge in Swedish is an advantage in the daily work life.

We also prefer that you have:

  • Research expertise
  • Teaching abilities
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality
  • Collaborative abilities
  • Independence

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, publications 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 on the topic, 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.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2021-2468
Monica Ek, 087908104
Published 20.Dec.2021
Last application date 24.Jan.2022 11:59 PM CET

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