Department of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Education

We conduct research and education in physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, mathematics, industrial design engineering and didactics in mathematics and science education. We offer unique and world-leading research within the FSCN Research Centre and Sports Tech Research Centre.

The research group in Surface and Colloid Engineering at Mid Sweden University is part of the FSCN Research Centre and mainly researches the basic properties of biopolymers and cellulose materials in composites and energy conversion. For example, we study utilization of cellulose to generated static electricity that can be used to construct battery-free sensors within the Internet-of-Things area. We are now looking for a PhD student funded by the Swedish Research Council for fundamental research on the mechanisms, properties, and future applications of triboelectric cellulose.

Job description

Graduate studies including (80–100%) research and teaching as well as (0–20%) administrative work.

Requirements and assessment

To be considered for a PhD position, the applicant must meet the entry requirements for admission to Mid Sweden University´s third-cycle programme. In order to meet the entry requirements, the applicant must have a second-cycle degree, or have completed at least 240 ETCS credits of which at least 60 credits should be second-cycle courses. An additional requirement is that 90 credits of the 240 total must consist of courses in chemistry/chemical engineering. The applicant is also eligible for consideration if s/he has acquired the corresponding knowledge in some other way.

Experience with cellulose and other biopolymers, as well as characterization methods such as XRD, AFM, SEM and triboelectric nanogenerators are considered particularly meritorious.

Personal characteristics

Personal qualities such as cooperation skills, initiative and suitability for doctoral studies will be weighed against the formal subject knowledge. A brief description of the applicant's visions and goals must be included in the application.

Other assessment grounds

Applicants must have a good ability to express themselves verbally and in writing in English.

The employment process

The employment process follows the forms specified in Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the Employment Procedures of Mid Sweden University.

Terms of employment

The doctoral position refers to a full-time position that corresponds to four years of full-time studies and is expected to lead to a doctoral degree.

A new position as a doctoral student is initially valid for a maximum of one year, and the position may then be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time. Provisions concerning employment as a doctoral student are contained in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), Chapter 5, Sections 1-7.

Place of employment: Sundsvall

Entry: September 1, 2023 or according to agreement.

Salary: According to the Mid Sweden University salary scale for PhD students.


For further information please contact head of department Dr. Claes Mattsson,, +4610 142 8498, and research group leader Prof. Magnus Norgren,, +4610 142 8877, or visit the department online at

The application should include a verified CV, copies of official transcripts and degree certificates, description of objectives according to the above as well as other documents the applicant would like to refer to.


Please welcome to apply through our recruitment tool no later than May 21, 2023.

First day of employment September 1, 2023 or according to agreement
Salary According to the Mid Sweden University salary scale for PhD students
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Sundsvall
County Västernorrlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number MIUN 2023/777
Union representative
  • Ummis Jonsson, SACO, 010-1428809
  • Per Bergman, Fackförbundet ST, 010-1428371
Last application date 21.May.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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