KTH Royal Institute of Technology, CBH

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

We are looking for a PhD student interested in developing new biobased functional materials, focusing both on green design and in depth understanding of the materials structure-property relationship. Today’s polymeric materials are to an overwhelming degree fossil-based and although much effort has been spent on creating more sustainable alternatives based on renewable resources we are far from there. The goal of this project is create exactly that, sustainable plastics, by applying the principals of green chemistry during the polymer synthesis while considering the full life cycle from the polymeric materials use to the end-of-life handling. The starting-point will be to utilize renewable building-blocks that are available in large volume to a reasonable price and polymerization reactions that do not use toxic chemicals or generate waste. Starting there we will work towards creating better polymeric materials than the materials available today or at least work towards replacing one or more fossil-based polymers with biobased polymers with equivalent properties. The desire is that the materials that are created within the project will contribute to a more sustainable society with a reduced environmental stress and fill a void in the structure-property relationship that exists in today’s fossil-based plastics.

The work will be performed and the Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology. This means that the PhD student will have the opportunity to work in a flourishing, constructive and inspiring scientific environment and have the chance to achieve wide collaborations within the field. The project is financed by KAW.

What we offer


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.

A suitable background for this position is a degree at the Master level in chemical technology, chemistry or polymer technology or similar where a specialty within polymer technology or macromolecular science is an asset.

In addition to the basic eligibility, the applicant shall also meet the requirements for the special eligibility.


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.

The applicant is expected to be a curious and ambitious person that is highly motivated for graduate studies, have the ability to work independently and critically evaluate the performed work as well as strong communication skills. Previous knowledge or experience in the field of polymer chemistry or organic chemistry and practical experience of synthesis work and polymer characterization is an advantage. The applicant should have excellent skills in English, both written and spoken, in addition to good writing and presentation skills.

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

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.


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.
    • Maximum two recommendation letters including contact information to a maximum of two reference persons.


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
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement, preferably as soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH´s Doctoral student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number C-2018-0969
  • Karin Odelius / Associate Professor, , hoem@polymer.kth.se, +46 8 790 80 76
Published 14.Jun.2018
Last application date 19.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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