Doctoral student in Forest Industry Production System with an orientation to wood quality

Updated: 5 days ago
Deadline: 05 Jul 2021

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The Department of Forestry and Wood Technology offers thematic activities that span from plants to finished wood products. The forest as a resource with its benefits for the climate throughout the life cycle is the focus in all department activities. With this theme, the department addresses societal challenges and runs the knowledge environment entitled Linnaeus: Green sustainable development

Field of study: Forest Industry Production System

Terms of employment: 100 % employment as doctoral student to Licentiate Degree, with a possibility for extension to PhD degree. 

Type of employment: The employment as a doctoral student is limited according to chapter 5, § 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent full-time postgraduate studies of two years.

The doctoral student position is placed at the Department of Forestry and Wood Technology at Linnaeus University.

Location: Växjö

Work description

Wood has a special role as a renewable resource in the change towards a more bio-based society. It is at the same time important to use it in an economic and a sustainable way. One solution is the use the right wood in the right place and therefore achieve a prolonged service-time and an even more decreased carbon footprint. One of the challenges of wood constructions is the maintenance cost for wood surfaces that have exterior exposure. Exterior wood is constantly exposed to degradation from example weathering and microorganism colonization.

This work aims to develop the area of material usage by investigating how to use wood for more durable products mainly focused on exterior purposes. This work covers activities around wood durability and wood characteristics. The project is in collaboration with the industry and organisations in wood processing and wood constructions.

The task includes both to perform individual research about material use but also to report the results outside the academia.

According to the Higher Education Ordinance, a person appointed to a doctoral studentship should primarily devote themselves to their own studies. An appointee can do moderate work within education, research, artistic development, and administration. However, before a doctoral degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20% of a full-time position.


General entry requirements

General entry requirements comprise a completed undergraduate program of at least 240 credits, including 60 credits at advanced level, or the equivalent knowledge obtain in or outside of Sweden.

Specific entry requirements

According to Higher Education Ordinance, chapter 7 § 40

Specific entry requirements to enrol a PhD program in Forest Industry Production System require in addition:

  • At least 90 credits in the field of Forest industry production system or in relevant subjects connecting to the PhD candidate work or equivalent knowledge acquired in Sweden or abroad and
  • Proficiency in Swedish and/or English

Other requirements

  • Statistic analytical experience

Meriting requirements

  • Experience of laboratory work

Assessment grounds

The assessment will pay attention to the applicants ability to benefit from the third-cycle programme considers the applicant’s academic skills as documented in the study grades from the first and second levels, as well as other academic projects.

Following qualifications will be considered:

  • The knowledge and skills in relevance for the thesis work and education subject, see the chapter under Work Description. Acquired merits can be appended in the end of the application.
  • The assessed ability to independently progression and the ability to address and approach a scientific problem. The assessment ground can bases on previous thesis work and during a possible interview.
  • The skills to communicate in written and in oral format.
  • Other experience of relevance for a third-cycle education, for example work experience.
  • Special attention will be taken to good collaborative skills, a good working spirit, independent working skills, personal suitability for this position, and how the applicant through its experience and competence are assessed to have the required ability to manage the third-cycle programme.

    Application process

    Applicants are expected to submit their application in English, which should include

    • a motivation letter, which states the reason for being interested in the position and in which ways the research project corresponds to your interests, experience and educational background;
    • a CV;
    • Master’s degree transcripts, and copy, or link, to master degree project
    • any other relevant documents
    • references and recommendation letters

    Linnaeus University strives in the recruitment process for an equal gender distribution and a diversity in the organization.

    Last application date is May 7th 2021

    Further information
    Please contact,

    Associate professor Åsa Blom, 0470-70 80 26,

    Head of department Jimmy Johansson, 0470-70 80 33,

    HR-partner Kristofer Stahl, 0470-70 80 36,

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