KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science & Engineering

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 in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The School of Chemical Science and Engineering includes the areas Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Fibre and Polymer Technology. It encompasses both fundamental and applied Chemical sciences and seeks sustainable development through scientific excellence. Many research activities are interdisciplinary across the borders from Chemistry to Materials science, Environmental science, Biochemistry, Biology and Medicine. The School offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Chemistry, Degree Programs in Engineering Chemistry, Technical Preparatory Year and three international master programs: Chemical Engineering for Energy and the Environment, Macromolecular Materials and Molecular Science and Engineering. We also cooperate with the master programs Energy and Environment, Materials Design and Biotechnology.

Job description

A graduate student position in a joint project between the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Mechanics. Funding is guaranteed for studies leading to a Swedish Licentiate degree but will most likely be extended to a PhD degree.

How can we make artificial silk from protein-rich waste materials? That is the question we hope that you will help us to answer. We are looking for a graduate student for an interdisciplinary research project that combine protein chemistry and biotechnology with fluid mechanics and material science.

Nature has chosen proteins as building blocks for many high performance materials, such as muscles and silks. These materials have served as inspiration for man-made materials for long time but we are still far from being able to produce synthetic materials with comparable properties. Our team recently demonstrated how to assemble milk protein nanofibrils into a cohesive fiber:


We now want to understand this process in detail in order to design new methods for the future production of sustainable fiber materials. In the research you will explore protein building blocks from various raw materials and with different nanoscale structures and investigate the fiber structure at different structural levels, from the molecular structure to the macroscopic properties. You will get extensive hands-on experience from protein chemistry, microfluidics and a range of different chemical and mechanical characterization methods, such as X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy.

The work will be supervised by Docent Chistofer Lendel at the division of applied physical chemistry and Docent Fredrik Lundell at the department of mechanics. More information about the research in these groups can be found here:




We are looking for a creative and motivated candidate with a masters degree (or similar) in a subject relevant for the project, e.g. fluid mechanics, biotechnology or material science. Since the project is multidisciplinary, the candidate should also have a strong interest to broaden her/his knowledge and take on new challenges with enthusiasm. We highly value the ability to work independently as well as in group and to take responsibility for the progress of the work. Previous experience from experimental research projects is a strong merit and proven skills in oral and written English are required.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's Ph.D. student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number K-2017-0310
  • Christofer Lendel, Docent, +46 8 790 8554, lendel@kth.se
Published 13.Apr.2017
Last application date 13.Jun.2017 11:59 PM CET

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