Postdoctor – Development of Carbon Catalysts from Biowaste – Umeå University – Sweden

Umeå University
Study in:Sweden
Deadline: 15 Jan 2018

Postdoctor – Development of Carbon Catalysts from Biowaste


  •  Temporary position longer than 6 months
  •  100%

The Chemical Biological Centre (KBC, at Umeå University is a creative and interactive environment, comprising six departments and two research units, with direct access to excellent instrumentation and facilities. The Department of Chemistry has about 200 employees and the department carries out research and education and, at the same time, interacts with the surrounding society. For more information, see

The Department of Chemistry is now offering a two year post-doctoral position within a project aiming at developing further the concept of acidic carbon catalysts. The last application date is 2018-01-15.

Project description
The project encompasses development, synthesis and characterization of relevant acidic carbon catalysts from biowaste. The materials thus obtained can be applied in e.g. synthesis of platform chemicals or, at obtaining components for composite materials. Hereby one also needs to carry out studies with the help of flow reactors with the aim to produce various chemical streams of interest with regard to sustainable economy. Consequently, the research involves elements such as rational experimental design, MS-analysis, identification of reaction products and quantification and optimization to yield tomorrow’s chemicals, fuels and materials. The project also aims to contribute to the understanding of mechanisms behind the various transformations of biomass.

The project is carried out in close collaboration with the researchers from Wallenberg Wood Science Center (, the Bio4Energy consortium ( and the Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry and Reaction Engineering ( In addition, we aim at collaborating with other research groups within the domain of chemical engineering, catalysis and reaction engineering, in Sweden and elsewhere. All necessary equipment infrastructure for fractionation, synthesis, characterization and analysis are available at the Department of Chemistry, Umeå University or at the collaborating universities like Åbo Akademi University in Finland. Within the project we interact with researchers and with other research projects within Technical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry ( Our research is also strongly integrated with the research carried out by the industry, like the RISE Processum Initiative circle in Örnsköldsvik (

The employment is limited to two years of full-time and starts in May 2018, or at a date decided in agreement between the two parties.

Competence requirements
The successful candidate must hold a PhD degree or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Forest Chemistry, Materials Science, or in another relevant field. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their PhD degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application, unless certain circumstances exist.

A solid background and experience of the physical, chemical and materials science techniques that are relevant upon synthesis and application of heterogeneous catalysts is a requirement. Documented practical skills encompassing the synthesis and characterization of acid carbon catalysts as well as application studies and characterization of the catalytic model reactions is necessary. Practical knowledge in terms of operating flow-through reactors operating under pressure and knowledge of the relevant analysis methods (e.g. GC-MS, HPLC, carbohydrate analysis) is necessary. Documented experience from research concerning development and use of carbon catalysts in the spirit of ‘green chemistry’ is a merit.

You should be strongly motivated and interested in learning and developing new methods and capable of operating in an international environment and international experience is a merit. Very good command of the English language, both written and spoken, is required. Knowledge of the Swedish language is a merit.

A complete application should include:

  • a cover letter summarizing your qualifications, research interests and motives for applying (max 6 pages),
  • a Curriculum Vitae with a publication list,
  • copies of your PhD thesis and relevant publications,
  • copies of exam certificates,
  • names and contact details of 2 to 3 references.

The application can be written in Swedish or English.

Last application date is January 15, 2018. Applications must be submitted via our e-recruitment system. Log on and apply via the button at the bottom of the page.

For further information, please contact Prof. Jyri-Pekka Mikkola, +46-(0)90-786 5000,

We look forward to receiving your application!


May 2018, or at a date decided in agreement between the two parties.


Jyri-Pekka Mikkola


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AN 2.2.1-2285-17


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