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Doctoral student in microscopy

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    Heltid, 6 månader eller längre

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    22 april

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Om jobbet

Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology
The Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology (SBT) is part of the Faculty of Forest Science, has about 50 employees and is based in both Umeå and Uppsala. The department conducts high-quality research and education at a high international level and collaborates with society and industry to develop a bio-based economy where forest biomaterials are an important resource. The main focus in Umeå is on value chains in the bio-based industry where different components of forest biomaterials are collected, characterized, separated, modified / refined, used and reused cost-effectively for various purposes while forest ecosystem services are managed sustainably. In Uppsala, focus is on wood science and technology with research and education on wood materials from nano to macro level, wood composites and wood adhesives, and with accredited testing of wood products and treatments for the market. More info about the activities of the research group at Uppsala can be found here:">

The recruitment is done within the newly established BioGlue-Centre “Competence Centre for Bio-based Adhesives”, which is a Vinnova Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Industry and Digital Transformation. The vision of the Centre is to significantly reduce the dependency on fossil-based materials in the adhesive industry by developing paradigm-shifting knowledge of bio-based adhesives and becoming a world-leading research environment in Sweden. It is built around a network of top-scientists with expertise in polymer science, adhesives, technology, and sustainability located at the Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology at SLU (, the Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology at KTH (, and the Department of Forestry and Wood Technology at Linnaeus University ( The Centre unites 12 companies along the value chain in furniture, packaging and construction sectors that share the same research questions around adhesives and adhesive bonding.

Research project: Microscopy

Research subject: Technology
Despite the importance of implementing bio-adhesives towards more sustainable and circular wood and paper products, there is still a significant gap in our understanding of their imparted adhesive bond performance. This is primarily due to lack of suitable characterization and analytical tools capable of extracting information at different length scale, in particular, visualizing and characterizing adhesive flow and its penetration into the cellular systems of wood and infiltration inside cell walls in all three dimensions down to nano-meter resolution. It is thus needed to develop an advanced analytical methodology for multi-modal, multi-scale and multi-dimensional visualization and analysis of adhesive penetration and distribution within substrates by harnessing the power of correlative microscopy approach utilizing suitable modern 3D imaging technologies involving volume electron microscopy.


Students with a master’s degree in plant biology, wood science, polymer science and technology, chemical engineering, material science, physics or related disciplines are eligible to apply for this position. Experience of working with microscopy and imaging techniques are an advantage as well as knowledge in adhesion technology. Previous research experience on subjects related to the position is a merit. Fluent English language, both in writing and speaking is required. Much emphasis in the evaluation of applications is placed on analytical and problem-solving capacity, motivation and ability to collaborate as well as work individually. Experiences of academic publication is seen as a merit.

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Temporary employment, 4 years

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The position may start as agreed between both parties.


Click the “Apply” button to submit your application. The deadline is 2024-05-24.

To qualify for third-cycle (Doctoral) courses and study programmes, you must have a second-cycle (Master’s) qualification. Alternatively, you must have conducted a minimum of four years of full-time study, of which a minimum of one year at second-cycle level.

Applicants will be selected based on their written application and CV, degree project, copies of their degree certificate and transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution, two personal references, and knowledge of English. More information about the English language requirements can be found here:

Please note that applicants invited to interview must submit attested copies of their degree certificate, or equivalent, a transcript of records from previous first and second-cycle studies at a university or higher education institution. Applicants who are not Swedish citizens need to submit an attested copy of their passport’s information page containing their photograph and personal details.

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