Doctoral student in responsive polymer gels for recyclable materials
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Doctoral student in responsive polymer gels for recyclable materials

Sweden 10 Mar 2021


KTH Royal Institute of Technology
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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: Chemical Science and Engineering, Fibre and Polymer Science

We are looking for a doctoral student with a genuine interest in materials chemistry, a strong driving force, and a problem-solving approach for a new project on smart matter. This doctoral project aims to synthesize, functionalize and tailor-make new stimuli-responsive polymer gels. These serve as material digits in a hybrid matrix with thermal and magnetic actuators translating the system to reversible sol-gel transitions. Research includes collaboration with researchers in micro- and nanosystems, electronics, and robotics. Materials are developed with sustainability as a guiding principle and renewability/recyclability in focus.

The project is part of a research program on Digital matter funded within the framework of KTH Digital futures

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by: Professor Ulrica Edlund, Fibre And Polymer Technology, KTH and Professor Wouter van der Wijngaart, Micro- and nanosystems, KTH

What we offer


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:


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:

It is important, that the candidate has a well-developed problem solving analytical ability. 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.

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

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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:

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