Post Doc in Synthetic Adhesives and Bone Scaffolds for Bone Fractures

Royal Institute of Technology


Postdoc in Synthetic Adhesives and Bone Scaffolds for Bone Fractures

KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology & 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

Prof. Michael Malkoch’s research group focuses on biomedical materials, such as bone fracture treatments and antibacterial materials. The candidate will work on a new project developing a new adhesive based treatment for bone fractures.

Complex bone fractures are traditionally stabilized by plates and screws. To establish minimal invasive methodologies for bone fixations, the use of benign adhesives are foreseen to play critical role in future orthopedic healthcare treatments. Today, synthetic and biomimetic adhesives are widely used as dental fillers and sealants of soft tissue. Fibrin, cyanoacrylate and dental adhesives belong to the most popular systems. While these are commercially available their use as adhesives to stabilize bone fractures is limited as they either lack appropriate modulus or display cytotoxicity. In order to address this issue, new composite materials based on inorganic nanoparticles and polymers have been investigated. In this project, a complete adhesive solution to complicated fractures will be developed, including an injectable bone scaffold mixture for filling bone voids in the fracture and a light-curable adhesive patch for providing fixation and strength on top of the fracture.

This position, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 initiative, will be part of the KTH team which is leading a pan-European consortium in the project BoneFix: A paradigm shift in fracture fixation via on-site fabrication of bone restoration patches. The candidate will focus on realizing bone restoration scaffolds and adhesive fixation patches from innovative synthetic building blocks that are able to efficiently crosslink into networks under surgical environment conditions via light initiation. Furthermore, the patches will be designed to cover a wide range of mechanical loadings and be programmed to in vivo degrade within desired timeframes. The candidate will work closely with researchers in the KTH team as well as collaborators from the other consortium partners who specialize in the evaluation of bone scaffold materials.

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



  • A doctoral degree in polymer chemistry, polymer science, material engineering or corresponding competences (or an equivalent foreign degree), obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline.
  • Experience in NMR, SEC, MALDI-TOF, FT-RAMAN, SEM, and mechanical testing.
  • Experience in laboratory work.
  • The candidate should be structured and creative, be able to work independently and meet agreed deadlines, critically analyze information and have previous high impact reports in this field. You should have good communication and cooperation skills.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability.

Preferred qualifications

Documented experience of crosslinked adhesives from biopolymers constructed via RDRP, ROP, ROMP, dendrimer chemistry, click chemistry and light initiated crosslink chemistry will be regarded as advantageous when evaluating the candidate. Other advantageous experience includes previous work with bone scaffolds and pre-clinical assessment of bone restoration and/or fixation materials, as well as documented success with grant applications. Education within biomaterials and nanomedicine are also of merit, and:

  • Research expertise
  • Educational ability
  • Awareness of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality
  • Teamwork
  • Independence

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  1. Curriculum vitae (including list of publications, education and relevant academic/work experience)
  2. Cover letter (maximum 1 page)
  3. Official record of transcripts and copy of degree certificate
  4. Contact information for two references

Temporary employment for up to two years, or by agreement.

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.


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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-2020-1247
Professor Michael Malkoch,
Published 09.Jul.2020
Last application date 01.Sep.2020 11:59 PM CET


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