Karlstad University
Postdoctoral Researcher in forest-based bioeconomy (focus fuel pellets)
Karlstad University
The main aim of Karlstad University is to provide broad-based, multidisciplinary programmes for students in Sweden and visiting students from abroad, while developing strong areas of research.
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Published: 2 months ago
Application deadline: Aug 06
Location: Karlstad, Sweden
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Postdoctoral Researcher in forest-based bioeconomy (focus fuel pellets)

Karlstad University takes pride in combining active external cooperation with academic excellence. Karlstad University has around 16 000 students and a staff of over 1 200 members.

Democratic principles, equality and diversity are cornerstones of the University. We value the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and competencies among students and staff.

Background
Processes and Products for a circular BioEconomy (Pro2BE, https://www.kau.se/pro2be) is the research group at Karlstad University that focuses on the transformation of the present economic/technical culture, which is based on consumption of non-renewable resources, to a bioeconomy based on circularity of renewable resources. The forest industry is an important stakeholder in this transformation with which Pro2BE has a long history of joint research projects. The research focus of Pro2BE goes hand in hand with the priorities of Region Värmland as outlined in the regional Smart Specialization Agenda. Forest-based bioeconomy is established as a highly prioritized specialization in this agenda and is thus one of the selected areas in the ongoing cooperation between Region Värmland and Karlstad University, the Academy for Smart Specialization https://www.kau.se/en/external-relations/external-relations-university/good-examples/academy-smart-specialisation. A regional strength in regard to the transformation to a forest-based bioeconomy is the access to test beds where forest-based products, processes and services can be demonstrated and optimized. By creating strong links between the research group Pro2BE at Karlstad University and a number of regional test beds we aim at stimulating innovation, aligning Pro2BE with the activities in the region, and contributing to the implementation of the Smart Specialization Agenda.

Duties
The postdoctoral appointment will be connected to the research group Pro2BE at Karlstad University and will involve research on the production of fuel pellets. The research focus will be on increasing the knowledge of interfacial properties and bonding mechanisms for particles of wood from spruce and pine, including the influence of bio based adhesive additives. To be able to understand the pellet process, one need to be able to determine the chemical and physical properties of a good pellet, this includes morphological and interface region characterisation. Research will be done in cooperation with three test beds environments, the Drinor continuous dewatering press, the pilot pellet plant at Karlstad University and a 3D-printing test bed.

Qualification Requirements
To be eligible for the position, applicants are required to hold a PhD in Environmental and Energy Systems, Materials Engineering or Chemical Engineering or another area relevant for the project or have the equivalent qualifications. The candidate must have completed the degree no more than three years before the last date for applications, unless special ground exists. The applicant must have a good command of English (written and oral).

Assessment Criteria
Considerable weight is given to applicants’ academic merits and particularly to publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals related to Pro2BE’s research areas. Weight is also given to knowledge and/or experience in the following project-relevant fields:

  • wood chemistry,
  • densification of biomaterials,
  • advanced analytical equipment,
  • structure and chemistry of solid surfaces,
  • process modelling.

Experience of successful cooperation with industrial partners external to academia is an advantage.

Terms of Employment
The position is a full-time employment with a minimum of 80 % for research and a maximum of 20 % for other duties at the university e.g. teaching. The employment is limited to two years and the starting date is by mutual agreement within the time span September 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

Application
Application should include well documented qualifications. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted no later than the application deadline.

The application should include:

  • Application letter briefly describing the applicant’s qualifications and research interests in relation to the duties of the position
  • Detailed list of qualifications/CV
  • List of publications
  • Copies of relevant transcripts, degree certificates, employment certificates and letters of recommendation
  • Copy of doctoral thesis and other relevant publications
  • Other documents the applicant wants to submit
  • Information on language skills
  • Contact information to at least two references

Submit your application via the university’s web based recruitment tool and attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not provide links to them).

One copy of documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to: Karlstads universitet
Registrator
651 88 Karlstad

State ref.no: REK2017/82

Application deadline: 2017 – 08 - 06

We look forward to your application!

Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and decline any contacts from advertising or recruitment agencies.

Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: By agreement, within the time span September 1, 2017 - January 1, 2018.
Salary: Salary set on individual basis
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Karlstad
County: Värmlands län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: REK2017/82
Contact:
  1. Helena Håkansson, Head of department, + 46 54 700 1655
  2. Jonas Berghel, Senior Lecturer, + 46 54 700 1247
Union representative:
  1. Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +46 54 700 1714
  2. Tony Ingemarsson, OFR , +46 54 700 1404
  3. Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +46 54 700 1434
Published: 2017-05-02
Last application date: 2017-08-06
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