Doktorsnemi í efnafrćđi - Umeĺ háskóli
Umeå University - with its 33,000 students and over 4,000 employees - is an organisation in constant change and development. Umeå University conducts groundbreaking research within several areas - several in which we are among the best in the world - within others regarded as the leaders in Sweden. We are one of Sweden's largest providers of education and offer a broad and attractive range of courses and programmes. Our campus constitutes an inspiring environment for everyone that studies and works here. We wish to co-operate with companies and organisations throughout the Umeå region and all over the world.
A Ph.D. student position at Technical Chemistry Department of Chemistry, Umeå University in collaboration with the Biorefinery of Future in Örnsköldsvik
Waste-to-Value: Maximized value-added upgrading of extractives in biorefining
Synapsis på svenska; maximerat värdeutnyttjande av extraktivämnen vid bioraffinering Umeå universitet har en av Sveriges största kemiinstitutioner och delar av forskningen bedrivs i nära anslutning till bioraffinaderiindustrin i Örnsköldsvik. Genom de nya satsningarna såsom bl.a. Företagsforskarskolan samt Bio4Energy-projektet, kommer forskningen inom bioenergiområdet att expandera ytterligare. Ett antal nya tjänster kommer att utlysas under våren. För mer information gå in på www.bio4energy.se, www.biorefinery.se, www.processum.se samt www.umu.se. Doktorandtjänsten utlyses i samarbete med Företagsforskarskolan vid Umeå Universitet samt Processum Biorefinery Initiative AB. Tjänsten är placerad i Örnsköldsvik men du är anställd av Umeå Universitet. Förutom kursutbudet definierad av Företagsforskarskolan vid Umeå Universitet, en del kurser erbjuds även del av kurser av Åbo Akademi (Åbo, Finland). Tanken är kandidaten skall utvidga samarbetet mellan Umeå Universitet och Åbo Akademi.
Umeå university carries out world class research on many fields. We offer an attractive and inspiring environment for education and research - more than 30 000 students have chosen us. The policy of the university is to respect the equality and individuality, regardless of gender or ethnic background. The many disciplines within the university curricula like to collaborate with industry and various organizations within the region and the whole world.
Technical chemistry (TC) is one of the laboratories within the Department of Chemistry. Technical chemistry carries out research and post-gradual researcher education within the areas of sustainable development, catalysis (especially heterogeneous metal and enzymatic catalysis), ionic liquids, reaction kinetics, modeling of chemical reactors and biorefinery (particularly forest biorefinery) technologies for lignocellulose. We are part of the new chemistry platform at the Umeå University and can provide education within the various aspects around green chemistry and sustainable development for the students. To this new group we now search one Ph.D. student with the focus on future, bio-based fuels and chemicals as well as development of the processes within the biorefineriers.
Processum Biorefinery Initiative is host for the project called "The biorefinery of the future" which were one of the winners in a national competition held by Vinnova, The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems. On site we have a deep knowledge and long tradition in processing forest raw material. With Domsjö Biorefinery and M-real Husum mill together, some 4,5 million m3 of wood are annually processed in the site. This implies large volumes of wood components (cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin and extractives) are accessible through the different process streams. Additionally, the Processum cluster is composed not only of forest-based producers (Domsjö Biorefinery, Sekab, Akzo Nobel, M-real, SCA), but also consultancy and engineering companies (Eurocon and Metso), an R&D company (MoRe Research), wood suppliers (Sveaskog, Holmen Skog), energy producers (Övik Energi and Umeå Energi) and a waste management company (Ragn Sells). There is a standing tradition of cooperation among the companies and the wide composition of industries within the cluster is able handle all aspects of biorefining. Processum is the cluster company and we work primarily with R&D.
We seek for individuals interested in developing tomorrows sustainable and competitive forest-based (lignocellulose) biorefineries. The applicant should posses a Master's degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) within chemical engineering, chemical technology, chemistry or equivalent. It is of vital importance to have a passion for learning new things! Our goals are future, green fuels, chemicals and materials derived from forest resources. Previous experience within the fields of heterogeneous catalysis and kinetics, as well as practical experience in the synthesis of heterogeneous, catalytically active materials (supported metals), high-pressure reactions and knowledge in analytical technologies such as gas chromatographic analysis are merits. Within the research network of the Biorefinery of Future (Processum) located in Örnsköldsvik, also Åbo Akademi University (Åbo-Turku, Finland) is an important collaborator.
We think that a suitable candidate has a university degree (M.Sc. or corresponding) within Chemical Engineering/Chemistry on Catalysis, Energy Technologies, Process Chemistry or equivalent; is analytical, creative and ambitious; can work systematically and precisely; has very good command of both written and spoken English. Good command of Swedish is a merit. The position as a Ph.D. student comprises funding for a maximum of four (4) years with all social benefits included (salary).
Your electronic application (in PDF format) should contain (1) a short description (cover letter) of your motivation why you are interested in this particular position. In addition, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) copies of the academic education and degrees with certified translations should be included. Copies of potential scientific publications can be attached. Also, (4) contact information for 1-3 suggested persons to recommend you can be included.
Applicants are required to have fulfilled one of the following prerequisites: (1) 240 ECTS-credits (Swe. Högskolepoäng) of higher education studies, 90 points of which should be in chemistry/chemical engineering and/or related subjects and 15 from advanced levels (Master), or (2) 120 Swedish (old) credits (swe. poäng; i.e. 180 ECTS-credits) if the studies were taken prior July 1, 2007, or (3) the equivalent of a Bachelors of Science with Honors (B.Sc., Hon.) and a Masters of Science (M.Sc.).
For more information, please contact: Professor Jyri-Pekka Mikkola, +46 70 6200 371, email@example.com Företagsmentor Dr. Hans Grundberg, firstname.lastname@example.org Processum's CeO Clas Engström, email@example.com
Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO, +46-(0)90-786 52 96 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.
Applications will be discarded or, if the applicant so wishes, returned two years after the position has been filled. Documents sent electronically should be in MS Word or PDF format. If you are applying to several positions with different reference numbers, you must submit a separate application for each position.
Your complete application, marked with reference number 313-507-10, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (state the reference number as subject) or to the registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive June 15, 2010 at the latest. We look forward to receiving your application!