Professor in Properties, Design, and Process Optimization of Woody Raw Materials with Focus on Biomass from Forestry and Forest Industry

Professor in Properties, Design, and Process Optimization of Woody Raw Materials with Focus on Biomass from Forestry and Forest Industry

SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Umeå, Sweden

Subject Area

The subject area for the position is technical biomaterial sciences with focus on biomass from forestry and forest industry.

The research shall focus on properties, design, and process optimization of woody raw materials in order to develop sustainable methods and processes that promote the efficient use of these valuable resources.

The focus will be on applications outside of sawmills and traditional pulp processes.

The research extends all the way from the molecular level up to the pilot plant level.


The research can include:

  • initial processing of biomass aimed at broadening the raw material base and developing more efficient processes.
  • characterization of biomass and the effect of initial processing, using analytical methods.
  • chemical/biochemical, thermal and/or mechanical processes.

Within the subject area for the position, the professor is expected to:

  • act in accordance with the vision, goals and basic values of SLU,
  • contribute to the strategic development of the department and the faculty,
  • develop and lead an internationally successful environment for research,
  • publish scientific articles in international journals with peer-review,
  • apply for external funding in competition at national and international level,
  • supervise PhD students and postdocs,
  • lead, develop and participate in teaching and supervision of students at all levels,
  • collaborate with researchers within the department, the faculty, the Biomass Technology Centre and other parts of SLU, as well as nationally and internationally,
  • collaborate and develop regional, national and international networks with the society at large,
  • disseminate research findings, and
  • perform administrative duties within the department, the faculty and the university.

Non Swedish-speaking staff members are expected to, within four years of first being employed, have sufficient knowledge of Swedish/Scandinavian to understand information in Swedish. The department will provide support with language learning.


The applicant must:

  • have a doctoral degree in a subject area relevant for the position,
  • be scientifically skilled within the subject area for this position,
  • be pedagogically skilled,
  • demonstrated leadership skills, and
  • have good knowledge of English.

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