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Forum Home > Positions Open > Postdoctoral scholarship in Glycoscience with a focus on Wood Glycomics by Mass Spectrometry

Koon-Yang Lee

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Lignocellulose biomass is the most abundant renewable resource on Earth and constitutes the cornerstone for the development of future material and energy biorefineries with a balanced carbon cycle. Wood is a complex matrix of cellulose fibrils, hemicelluloses and lignin components, which are hierarchically assembled and organized through supramolecular interactions that are not fully understood yet. We are very interested in the function of wood hemicelluloses in particular as a binding component with cellulose fibres and lignin.

Our group is developing advanced characterization methods to determine the molecular structure of wood hemicelluloses. We aim to correlate this fundamental molecular structure of hemicelluloses with their interactions with cellulose and lignin, and the preparation of advanced wood based materials in the context of the Wallenberg Wood Science Centre (WWSC). Our ultimate goal is to fully sequence the substitution pattern of wood xylans and mannans. You can check the latest results in the following publication in Plant Physiology.

The candidate will join the Division of Glycoscience, which is an international and multidisciplinary group of researchers in the field of glycobiology and carbohydrate biotechnology, including molecular biologists, enzymologists, (bio)chemists, and material scientists. Our Division performs fundamental science on the understanding of the biosynthesis, assembly and supramolecular structure of plant and fungal cell walls. We are also aligning our research aligned the sustainable development goals, focusing on the implementation of bioprocesses for the valorization of polysaccharides from biomass and the design of advanced carbohydrate-based materials.

The candidate is expected to develop and implement an analytical pipeline including enzymatic deconstruction, chromatographic separation, chemical derivatization, and mass spectrometry for the glycomic analysis of wood hemicelluloses.

The candidate will be part of the Wallenberg Wood Science Centre, which is a large Swedish research centre with the vision of designing the next generation of advanced materials from trees. The candidate will strongly interact with a team of fundamental chemists and material scientists to understand the assembly of wood components and the design of advanced wood-based materials.

How to apply?

Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to [email protected]. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than 2018-05-07. Mark your application with reference number C-2018-0600.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter (detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position)
  • Research statement (max 2 pages)
  • Contact information for three references

Please observe that you apply for a scholarship, not an employment.

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