By the end of last year, Wallenberg Wood Science Center – WWSC – received further funding for its research on the production of sustainable materials from forest raw material. Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation then announced that they would continue to support the research programme, which then changed its name to WWSC 2.0, with up to 400 million SEK over the upcoming decade.
Three universities – Chalmers University of Technology, KTH and Linköping University – invest a total of 22 million SEK per year in PhD positions and working hours. The forest industry also contribute an additional 100 million SEK over the ten-year period, channeled through the TreeSearch initiative, creating a research environment where more applied research is also conducted.
Today, 17 positions on WWSC 2.0 are advertised. The positions are distributed over five Chalmers departments: Biology and Biological Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Physics, Industrial and Materials Science, and Microtechnology and Nanoscience.
The research center, which became a world leader during the first ten years, seeks both doctoral students and post docs to contribute to the fundamental research conducted, and aimed at adding further knowledge to the production of new sustainable materials.
”We have formed a new research programme and everything is in place. That’s why we are hiring as many as 17 people at the same time”, explains Lisbeth Olsson, Professor at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering where three positions are announced, and also the head of WWSC’s activities at Chalmers in the new programme.
”In the first programme, we built a very strong research school, headed by Professor Paul Gatenholm here at Chalmers. We have developed an interesting multidisciplinary environment and a strong collaboration between Chalmers and KTH. The research programme has enabled research on new materials from the forest to be deepened, and has resulted in many new achievements and opportunities for applications.”
WWSC offers the possibility to work in a unique research environment in close cooperation with the involved universities, with specialized equipment and the ability to participate in developing innovative and environmentally friendly materials from forest raw materials, according to Lisbeth Olsson.
Read more about the recruitments here
Text: Mia Malmstedt
Photo: Johan Bodell