September 9, 2011

Postdoctoral Position Within the Bio4Energy Program for International Applicants

Postdoctoral Position within the Bio4Energy Program: Bioconversion of wood polymer derivatives

Course(s) Offered: Chemistry (Biochemistry, etc)
Course Level: Graduate (postdoctoral)
Provider: Umeå University
Country to Study in: Sweden

Scholarship Description
Bio4Energy is a strategic research effort with focus on bioenergy and the biorefining of lignocellulose (see

The consortium behind Bio4Energy consists of Umeå University, Luleå University of Technology, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, R&D companies, and other industrial partners. Activities within Bio4Energy are connected to several pilot plants, which are located in Örnsköldsvik, Umeå, and Piteå and which are devoted to research on sustainable biofuels from lignocellulose. Bio4Energy is organized into seven research platforms.

A postdoctoral position is now open within the Biochemical platform, which has the aim to develop novel biocatalysts and bioprocesses designed for efficient conversion of lignocellulose to commodities such as second-generation biofuels, green chemicals and biomaterials.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree or equivalent within chemistry, chemical engineering, biotechnology, or an equivalent field, and preferably the degree should not be more than three years old.

Experience in polymer chemistry, research on films and coatings, and analytical methods for studies of polymers and material properties is of merit.

Furthermore, applicants should be strongly motivated for research on lignocellulose chemistry and biotechnology for the production of materials, green chemicals, and biofuels from renewable resources.

Good social skills, ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with others, and good skills in Swedish and English are valued.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country may apply

Participating Institutions
The Department of Chemistry, Umeå University, Sweden

Fields of study
The postdoctoral project will be aimed at the enzymatic conversion of derivatives of wood polymers, such as lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose.

Utilization of derivatives of wood polymers in films and coatings will be investigated. Advanced chemical analyses of polymeric, oligomeric and monomeric phenylpropanoids will be an important part of the research.

Number of awards
One position is open

Sponsorship duration
The position is for a duration of two years.

Scholarship benefits

Method of Application
The application should include: (i) a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and motives for applying, (ii) a Curriculum Vitae, (iii) a publication list, (iv) transcript of records from higher education, and (v) the names and contact details of 1 to 3 references.

The application should not include separate articles or theses.

The application can be submitted in hard-copy or electronic form. All documents submitted in hard-copy form should be in two copies, and all electronically submitted material should be in MS Word or PDF format.

All applications should arrive Umeå University on September 27, 2011 at the latest.

For further information, please contact prof. Leif J. Jönsson, +46-(0)90-786 68 11.

The postdoctoral position is linked to prof. Leif J. Jönsson's group in Technical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of Umeå University.

The Department of Chemistry (see conducts research in the areas of biological chemistry, environmental biogeochemistry and technical chemistry. The department has a strong focus on interdisciplinary work and has good access to modern analytical instrumentation including facilities within the Chemical Biological Centre (see

Research in prof. Jönsson's group is carried out in laboratories in Umeå and in Örnsköldsvik, and involves collaborations within several strong research environments such as Bio4Energy and BioImprove (see, with biorefinery-oriented industry in the region (see and, and with academic partners such as the Umeå Plant Science Centre (see

Application Deadline: September 27, 2011
Open for International Students: Yes

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