Doctoral student in Biomacromolecular materials

Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Fibre and Polymer science

This doctoral project aims to develop new, bio-based materials in the borderline between materials chemistry and biomedical technology in transdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from KTH and Karolinska Institute. You will have great opportunities and grow independence in applying cross-disciplinary approaches and techniques translating bio-based polymer materials science to biomedical science and vice versa.

In this doctoral project, you get the opportunity to work with the entire value chain from biomass, via extraction to material design, applications, and recycling strategies - always with green chemistry in focus in line with our research focus

The project also includes exploring and developing methods for modifying the biomacromolecules to tailor properties for different applications. New functional materials can be tested in a way that directly links function to the needs of basic scientific and clinical research.

The project is conducted within the framework of AIMES - Center for the Advancement of Integrated Medical and Engineering Sciences at KI and KTH.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by:

Professor Ulrica Edlund, Polymer technology, KTH

Professor Agneta Richter-Dahlfors, Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute KI

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world. Read more
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH s Doctoral student salary agreement.
  • A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, close to nature and the water.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH .
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration with Karolinska Institutet, KI, within the AIMES center with access to top-equipped research and laboratory facilities at both Fiber and Polymer Technology KTH and KI Biomedicum in Solna.


To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), 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.
  • Requirements for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here .

You must have knowledge in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and/or Polymer Technology from higher education or equivalent studies.


In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.
  • work with a transdisciplinary approach

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.

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 .


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/entral European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above) . Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

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.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

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

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
Working hours: Full time
Salary: Monthly salary according to kth's doctoral student salary agreement
City: Stockholm
Reference number: C-2020-1224
Published: 2020-09-10
Last application date: 2020-10-09


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