Lunds universitet, LTH, Institutionen för processteknik och tillämpad biovetenskap

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

The Division of Chemical Engineering is innovative in separation technology and reaction technology that is part of the Department of process and life science engineering (PLE). Our work has a clear connection to Agenda 2030 through a research focus on energy and cost-effective processes.
Collaboration with industry and other research groups both inside and out of Sweden is an important component of our strategy.
Our students and employees experience a pleasant and inclusive environment at the division.

Description of the workplace

The research group in biorefinery is involved in developing processes and products from bio-based materials. The group comprises senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, doctoral students, and research engineers. In recruitment, we strive to maintain a composition in the group that promotes all aspects of diversity. The group and the department as a whole provide an international environment with researchers from various European and non-European countries. As a postdoctoral researcher in the group, you will work on scaling up several different processes for the production of bio-based products, primarily HMF. You will also work on scaling up and evaluating various separation processes, primarily membrane-based. Supervision of doctoral students in the subject area and teaching at both basic and advanced levels are included to a limited extent.

Subject description

The projects underlying this position aim to develop and scale up a process for the production of HMF from biomass. The project is carried out in collaboration with researchers from the Department of Biotechnology and several companies. The project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. The process to be scaled up is based on oxidation and extraction, and an important part of the work is to intensify the process and achieve high yields and solvent recovery. The part of the project related to membrane filtration is related to drinking water production and scaling up processes, as well as verifying data from previous laboratory-scale experiments.

Work duties

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position includes the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. The purpose of the position is to develop the independence as a researcher and to create the opportunity of further development.

Detailed description of the work duties, such as:

  • Research within the subject area
  • Teaching in the first, second and third cycles of studies
  • Supervision of degree projects and doctoral students
  • Collaboration with industry and wider society
  • Administration related to the work duties listed above

Qualification requirements

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position. The certificate proving the qualification requirement is met, must be received before the employment decision is made. Priority will be given to candidates who have graduated no more than three years ago before the last day for application. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Doctorate in chemical engineering or equivalent.
  • Documented experience in biomass conversion.
  • Documented experience in research in membrane technology.
  • Documented experience in the analysis of biomass components with HPLC or equivalent.
  • Good ability to work independently
  • Good collaborative skills

Assessment criteria

This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

Other qualifications:

  • Experience in seeking and obtaining research funding.
  • Driver's license type B as you will be conducting part of the development work at the premises of other companies during work hours.

Consideration will also be given to how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

We offer

Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme. More info at Work at lund University

Welcome with your application!

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 240401 or as agreed
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2024/460
  • Ola Wallberg,,, +46462224641
  • Mia Hedin,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 16.Feb.2024
Last application date 01.Mar.2024 11:59 PM CET

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