Researcher in Materials Chemistry
Stockholm University

Researcher in Materials Chemistry Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-4282-21


at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry. Closing date: 22 January 2022.

The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK) is one of the largest departments at the Faculty Science at Stockholm University. A significant part of the teaching activities is at the undergraduate level with courses in General, Physical, Inorganic, and Analytical Chemistry. In Materials Chemistry, we focus on developing and understanding advanced routes for synthesis, processing, production, as well as the use of structural- and functional materials in applications towards a healthy, sustainable and environmental friendly society. More information can be found at:

Project description

The position will be associated with the ERA-NET Forest Value project “BarkBuild” that is coordinated by Assistant Professor Mika Sipponen at MMK. This European consortium project will develop sustainable wood protection and wood-based building materials by using tree bark as a renewable raw material.

Main responsibilities

The position involves research, teaching, and project management tasks. In particular, the researcher will assist coordination and management of the ERA-NET Forest Value project “BarkBuild”. The person selected for this position will have an opportunity for mentoring and career development towards maturation as an independent teacher-researcher.

Qualification requirements

Researchers are appointed primarily for purposes of research and must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills in the colloidal chemistry and surface science of lignocellulosic biomass. Documented expertise in polymer chemistry and physics and chemistry of surfaces is essential entry requirement for this position. In addition, demonstrated track-record in chemical modification of lignin and characterization of lignin nanoparticles by advanced tools such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy are considered as merits for this position.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time, indefinite-term position with a six-month trial period. Start date 2022-04-01 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Further information about the position can be obtained from Assistant Professor Mika Sipponen, telephone: +46 8 16 12 58,

For general information about MMK, please contact the Head of the Department, Professor Gunnar Svensson,

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 22/01/2022


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