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Postdoctoral Researchers in Novel Sustainable Biocomposites

Luleå University of Technology

Luleå University of Technology experiences rapid growth with world-class expertise within several research domains. We shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results. Drawing on our location in the Arctic region, we create global societal benefit. Our research is carried out in close collaboration with companies such as LKAB, Ericsson, Boliden, ABB and Epiroc and with leading universities around the world. Luleå University of Technology has an annual turnover of SEK 1.8 billion. We are today 1,770 members of staff and have 17,200 students.

In the coming years, investments amounting to many billions will be made in large projects in the regions of Norrbotten and Västerbotten in Northern Sweden. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and offers a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand.

The Bionanocomposites research group at the Division of Materials Science is seeking two enthusiastic and motivated postdoctoral researchers for development of environmentally friendly biocomposite materials in an exciting collaboration project between Luleå University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology and Stora Enso. This project is financed by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Wood and Bionanocomposites covers the development of energy efficient manufacturing processes of eco-friendly composite materials and products based on various biofibers in nano- and micrometer scale.

We are looking for a highly motivated person who will work with development of extrusion process of novel wood based biocomposites with a special interest on sustainability, use of industrially recycled material streams and to develop biocomposites with new functional properties. The work is done in close collaboration with the project partners and especially with our industrial partner Stora Enso.

We are looking for a person with PhD degree on materials science, polymer science, composite science or mechanical engineering equivalent and have a great interest in biocomposites and their processing development. Experience in polymer composites processing, especially extrusion process as well as experience on their characterisation including microstructure, fracture behaviour, mechanical properties, toughness, compatibility, interface, fiber dispersion and orientation etc. are important competences for the advertised position.

Good knowledge of English both in speech and writing is very important. You should be able to work in group, can take your own initiative and have a good social competence.

In the first instance, applicants who has completed a doctoral degree no more than three years before the end of the application period should be considered.

Fulltime fixed-term employment for one year, with a possible extension up to maximum two years. Location is Luleå, Sweden.

Starting: as soon as possible.

For further information, please contact Professor Kristiina Oksman, +46(0)920-49 3371,

Luleå University of Technology works actively with gender equality and diversity that contribute to a creative study and work environment. The University’s core values are based on respect, openness, cooperation, trust and responsibility.

Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson, (+46)920-49 1529 or OFR-S Lars Frisk, (+46)920-49 1792

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button belowThe application should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Mark your application with the reference number below. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish.

Application deadline: October 22h 2021
Reference number: 3461-2021


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