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Graduate Studies in Timber Durability in Australia

The newly established Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life is seeking students interested in pursuing MSc and PhD degrees. The Centre will address a number of areas including understanding durability of wood-based materials, enhancing building performance models, developing quality systems for treated wood and exploring new options for enhancing durability.  The Centre is a collaborative effort between the University of the Sunshine Coast, the University of Queensland, and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and is located in Brisbane, Australia one of the world’s most livable cities.  Students should have a background in biology, chemistry, material sciences or civil engineering. Knowledge of wood is helpful, but not essential. Excellent written and spoken English language skills are essential.  Students will be enrolled at either the University of the Sunshine Coast or the University of Queensland, depending on the area of specialization. Qualified students will receive an annual stipend, full medical coverage and fee tuition.  For further information, contact Jeff Morrell at



Researcher (postdoc) in Building Materials

Lunds universitet, LTH, Institutionen för bygg- och miljöteknologi

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

Building Materials is a division within the Department of Building and Environmental Technology at the Faculty of Engineering, Lund University. The research and teaching at the division mainly concern materials that are used in the construction sector. The main goal of the research is to study and understand processes in materials, most often in relation to durability.

Work duties
The position connects to the division’s research on wood and bio-based materials and concern work in a project on modified wood. Acetylation is a chemical modification that increase the resistance against fungal degradation, but the mechanism behind is not fully understood. An important factor is however that the moisture content of the wood is lowered. In this project, the influence of acetylation on the interaction between wood and water will be studied with focus on high moisture levels. The work duties can also involve applying for external funding and teaching. We are looking for a researcher in the early stage of her/his career.

Qualification requirements
Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research qualification within the subject of the position. The applicant must also have documented experience of research on wood/bio-based materials as well as experience in publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In addition, the applicant must have the ability to independently plan, perform and evaluate research studies and very good oral and written proficiency in English. 

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
Consideration will also be given to experience on the interactions between wood/bio-based materials and water, on chemical wood modification, and experience of any of the methods: Low-Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (LFNMR), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), sorption balance (DVS) and pressure plate.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment
Fixed-term employment, 1 year, 100 %

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

  • résumé/CV, including a list of publications,
  • a general description of past research and future research interests (no more than three pages),
  • contact information of at least two references,
  • copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered.                  

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.