Nouryon · Publicerad 6 dec


Both industry and the society as a whole is faced with a massive challenge to switch from a fossil-based economy to more sustainable approaches. KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, a highly ranked university with strong research groups in the field of organic synthesis, biomaterials and polymers, and Nouryon, former AkzoNobel Speciality Chemicals, are together looking into the possibilities of introducing biobased materials in new and innovative ways with the aim to accelerate the development of sustainable products.

This research project aims to provide fundamental understanding of the use of biobased building blocks for transforming the commercial materials Nouryon work with today into biobased formulations. The knowledge gained within the project will provide invaluable insights and tools for the both academic and industrial scientists in this field and it will give understanding for future developments and innovations.

The student will be based at KTH, Stockholm.

Job Requirements


To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following
  • passed a degree at advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.
In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:
  • ability to independently pursue his or her work
  • ability to collaborate with others
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues
  • experience within product related organic or polymer chemistry, syntheses, analyses and laborative work procedures
Very good knowledge in English is a prerequisite for the position. In addition to the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Main responsibilities
Key objectives of this PhD student position is to strengthen the Nouryon business by:
  • Participate in scientific studies and independently execute activities and sub-projects
  • Contribute to explorative work and product related research in the new chemistry platform of biobased materials
  • Contribute to the survey and communication of relevant external and scientific research in the field of biobased materials
  • Contribute to the continuous build up of kn owledge around new materials, processes and applications
What can Nouryon offer you?

Nouryon is a growing, technology-driven, business that can offer great opportunities for the development of both people and technology. This particular project will deal with important issues concerning sustainable development and biobased raw-materials in combination with exciting applications and the opportunity to work together with some great scientists at Nouryon and KTH.

You will have the opportunity to conduct the PhD-training in a multidisciplinary research environment, combining academic and industrial knowledge cultures, and been exposed to the challenges associated with the transformation to a greener economy.

By working for Nouryon you will also help us to achieve our ambition - to be the first choice by our customers, shareholders and employees, all over the world.

For further information regarding PhD- studies at KTH :

Additional information

Please apply via our online recruitment system with an uploaded job specific resume and cover letter. We do not accept applications via e-mail, these applications will be disregarded.

This is a temporary position on full time during 2019-2022

For additional information about the vacancy please contact:

Academic supervisor Professor Eva Malmström Jonsson, Department of Fiber & Polymer Technology,

Hiring manager Dr Anna Larsson Kron, Strategic Research & Innovation Manager, +46 70 361 76 64.

For information about the recruitment process, please contact Sara Svanbäck, Talent Resourcing Partner, +46 70 286 95 77.

If you have any general questions about your application or need assistance please contact:

For unions related questions please contact:

Sveriges Ingenjörer, Carl Nordlander, +4660-13 42 25
Unionen, Mattias Andersson, +4660-13 41 69
Ledarna, Magnus Söderberg, +4660-13 42 05

We are looking forward to your application!

More about KTH and the Nouryon business

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

We are Nouryon.

Your partner in essential chemistry for a sustainable future.

Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, and personal care items. Building on the dedication of our employees and our shared commitment to safety, sustainability, and open innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.

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We are a global specialty chemicals leader. Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, food, pharmaceuticals, and personal care items. Building on our nearly 400-year history, the dedication of our 10,000 employees, and our shared commitment to business growth, strong financial performance, safety, sustainability, and innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry-leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.
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