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Doctoral student in chemical science and engineering

8 days ago | Closing on Jul 22
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Doctoral student in chemical science and engineering
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
KTH in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH.
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Published: 8 days ago
Application deadline: Jul 22
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
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Doctoral student in chemical science and engineering

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.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Fibre and polymer science 

The current position, founded internally by KTH School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, is a multidisciplinary project aiming at increasing the interaction between the department of Fibre and Polymer Technology and the department of Protein Science, division of Nanobiotechnolgy. Aiming to combine the knowledge availably in the field of surface modification, with bio-polymers such as cellulose, with the knowledge availably in microfluidic devices for biomedical applications. During the recent decade cellulose in the form of different types of nano cellulose have attracted large interest into different types of application. Different sources of cellulose surfaces can be prepared and modified with either chemical grafting or physisorption to increase interactions with other materials relevant for biomedical applications such as diagnostics. Microfluidics has the potential to spur the development of protocols and affordable instruments for specific bioanalyses. With novel polymer material as a starting point, your duties as a graduate student will be to develop microfluidic based cellular and molecular diagnostic tools.

What we offer

Eligibility

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § högskoleförordningen), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

    • passed a degree at advanced level,
    • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
    • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.
    • Special eligibility the applicant also shall meet: Have an Engineering or Master's Degree with specialization in chemistry, physics or biotechnology (or any equivalent degree).

Selection

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:

  • ability to independently pursue his or hers work,
  • ability to collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues,
  • have experience of chemistry laboratory work,
  • have good academic results in particularly relevant topics for this project,
  • ability to communicate well verbally and in writing, in English.

It will be considered an advantage if you have additional knowledge or experience in polymer chemistry, fibre technology, (bio)sensing, microfluidics, surface chemistry and surface characterisation methods acquired through, for example, your thesis or additional course work.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability. As a person you are self-motivated and persistent. You have the ability to work hard and spend time, energy and commitment to your work. You remain focused on your goal and work. You take great responsibility in your work and we find it important that you follow the quality standards required for your work and ensures nothing is left to chance. You will be part of a larger research group and you are expected to build contacts, both within and outside your group, so it is important that you are good at communicating and building relationships. We will place great emphasis on personal qualities.

Target degree: Doctor’s degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Decisions on employment as a doctoral student may not be appealed.

Eligibility, selection and admissions are regulated in antagningsordning till utbildning vid Kungl. Tekniska högskolan and the program description for the doctoral program and current subject syllabus available on KTH's website.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Union representatives

You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH's website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

You will find contact information for doctoral section on the section's website.

Application

Apply for the position and admission through KTH:s recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET / CEST (Central European Time / Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • Applications must include the following elements:
  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Statement of purpose: Why do you want to pursue a PhD, what are your academic interests, how they relate to your previous studies and future goals; maximum 2 pages long.
  • Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports: Documents no longer than 10 pages each. For longer documents (e.g. theses), please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Gender equality, diversity and zero tolerance against discrimination and harassment are important aspects of KTH´s work with quality as well as core values in our organization.

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 according to KTH´s Ph.D. student salary agreement
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: C-2018-0962
Contact:
  1. Torbjörn Pettersson / Universitetslektor, , torbj@kth.se, 08-790 81 60
  2. Aman Russom / Associate Professor, , aman@kth.se, 08-790 98 63
Published: 2018-06-14
Last application date: 2018-07-22 Continue reading
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