Postdoc position within the WWSC: circular production of biomaterials

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 14 Apr 2024

28 Mar 2024
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Chalmers University of Technology
Research Field

Technology » Biotechnology
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First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

14 Apr 2024 - 22:00 (UTC)
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Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

Biomass of lignocellulosic origin is produced in order of 14Gt/year and considered on the the major environment pollutants, but at the same time is the potential raw material to produce high value goods or energy. In the last decades the enormous amount of low-value side streams and recalcitrant residues have reduce the sustainability of the biorefinery systems. The ambition of this postdoctoral project is deeply characterized novel bio-based materials made by upgrading underutilized biomass with fungi. The project may also encompass a comprehensive life cycle assessment for evaluate the environmental impact of the hybrid materials. In this postdoctoral position you will be part of the Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) at Chalmers, a highly collaborative research center.

Information about the division and the department
Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC ) is a research center striving of scientific excellence with focus on new materials from tress. The center creates knowledge and builds competences for an innovative and sustainable future value creating from forest raw materials. WWSC is a multidisciplinary collaboration between KTH, Chalmers and Linköping University. The base is a donation from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and the forest industry is supporting WWSC via national platform Treesearch.
At the division of Industrial Biotechnology in the group of Assistant Prof. Amparo Jiménez Quero, you will be working with a multidisciplinary and multicultural set of researchers with a broad background in biomass utilization, from enzymatic degradation to molecular characterization of biomass polymers and further material formulation. IndBio division and the WWSC are very well equipment with infrastructure related to the project goals.

Major responsibilities
As a postdoctoral researcher, your major duties is devote to your research project, where you will be responsible for planing, running experiments and evaluation the scientific outcome. You are also expected to communicate your results in different settings, group and division meetings at Chalmers but also during bi-annual meetings at the WWSC. You are also expected to perform the scientific writing of articles for publication in high impact journals and participate in international conferences. Moreover, you will be involved in the co-supervision of master and PhD students and in the participation of research activities within the group.

The successful candidate must have a PhD degree in Material Science, Polymer Technology, Biotechnology or similar. The candidate must have experience and high developed skills in biomaterial characterization and application, and experience in performing life cycle analysis is advantageous. Laboratory experience in biomass transformation in materials and fungal fermentation is meritorious but most importantly a good track record of experience in multidisciplinary work. Good communication in English verbal and written is required. 

To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must hold a doctoral degree awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline (according to the current agreement with the Swedish Agency for Government Employers). Exceptions from the 3-year limit can be made for longer periods resulting from parental leave, sick leave or military service*.

* The date shown in your doctoral degree certificate is the date we use, as this is the date you have met all requirements for the doctoral degree.

Contract terms
This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two years.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg . 
Read more about working at Chalmers  and our benefits  for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence . Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with 20240201 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV:(Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Please note: The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete. Incomplete applications and applications sent by email will not be considered.

Application deadline: 2024-04-15

For questions, please contact:
Assistant Professor Amparo Jimenez-Quero,
[email protected]

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!


Research Field
Biological sciences
Education Level
PhD or equivalent


Research Field
Technology » Biotechnology
Years of Research Experience
4 - 10

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Chalmers University of Technology
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Chalmers Tekniska Högskola

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