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.

As a PhD student in technical physics with a focus on biofiber materials for particle filters, you will also work within the research center FSCN. Here there is a strong research environment in materials and process technology. We often work multidisciplinary and develop knowledge and technology that above all enable resource-efficient processes, new or improved functionality of bio-based materials and energy materials.

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

You will work as a PhD student within the Neopulp project, and within the Fiber Mechanics research group, studying biofiber materials for particle filters. Particulate filters have many medical and industrial applications, and are often made from fossil-based synthetic fibers, but are also widely made from recyclable wood fibers. For natural fibers there are variations in shape and stiffness, which can also be controlled in the manufacturing process. In this doctoral work, you investigate the relationship between process, fiber properties, the microstructure of the filter and the function of the particle filter. The position includes both laboratory work and modeling, but the methods are adapted to personal strengths and interest.

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 program. In order to meet the entry requirements the applicant must have a second-cycle degree, or have completed at least 240 ECTS 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 Engineering Physics/Physics/Mechanical Engineering. The applicant is also eligible for consideration if s/he has acquired the corresponding knowledge in some other way.

Laboratory work or other practical experience in technology is meritorious. So is demonstrated skill in mathematical modeling or simulation, and communication skills, as demonstrated by, e.g., teaching experience or publication in peer-reviewed publications.

We are looking for an individual who is self-driven, creative, collaborative, and otherwise suitable for pursuing a doctorate. A short description of the applicant’s visions and goals for the doctoral studies should be included. The applicant must have a strong command of the English language.

The employment process
The employment process follows the regulations of the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, and the Employment Procedures of Mid Sweden University.

Terms of employment
The PhD position refers to employment corresponding four years of full-time studies and is planned to lead up to a PhD.

A new employment as a doctoral student is valid for a maximum of one year, the employment may then be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time. Provisions regarding employment as a doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5 §§ 1-7.

Place of employment: Sundsvall

Entry: The employment starts 1 September 2023 or by agreement.

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

For further information please contact Dr. Claes Mattsson,, +4610-1428498, or Prof. Stefan Lindström,, +4610-1428238, or visit the institution online:

The application should include a CV (max 2 pages, no photo), copies of official transcripts and degree certificates, electronic copy of degree thesis, a cover letter (max 1 page) describing visions and goals for the doctoral studies in reference to interests and documented skills. Also append other documents that the applicant would like to refer to.

Please welcome to apply through our recruitment tool no later than 28 May 2023.

First day of employment 1 September 2023 or by 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 2023/778
Union representative
  • Ummis Jonsson, SACO, 010-1428809
  • Per Bergman, Fackförbundet ST, 010-1428371
Last application date 28.May.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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