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Strategiska Innovationsprogrammet BioInnovation: Call for research proposals, VINNOVA

Marie Curie grants: Mobility for Growth, VINNOVA


Sök medel för forskningssamarbete med Sydkorea, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research




New report on Sweden's participation in EU FP7 research funding programme: 'Sveriges deltagande i sjunde ramprogrammet för forskning och teknisk utveckling (FP7) - Lägesrapport 2007 - 2012', VINNOVA

Swedish Energy Agency research funding programme announced for 2013-2016: 'Nydanande och behovsmotiverad FoU med energirelevans 2013-2016'

Aarhus University will be setting up a Programme for Biorefining, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, AArhus University

Open Positions
Professor in Biochemistry at Aalto University Print E-mail
Written by Communications at Aalto University   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:46

This position is not included in Bio4Energy. However, Aalto University of Finland is a Bio4Energy collaboration partner and some of the Bio4Energy are or have been working part time there.

Aalto-Chem-Tech logoAalto University School of Chemical Technology invites applications for a tenure track position in Biochemistry.

The position can be filled on any level of the Aalto University Tenure Track System (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor).

Job description

The post is located at the Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology. The core competence of the department combines industrial biotechnology with chemical technology and engineering. Research and teaching of the department is committed to sustainable and efficient refining and use of natural resources. The new professorship strengthens the competence of Aalto University in the emerging field of the bio-economy. For more information about the department, please go to:


The applicants are expected to have an outstanding record of research and teaching in biochemistry and applications thereof comprising of e.g. properties and functions of biological molecules as well as functions of biological systems and networks. Experiences in biotechnology education and technology development are considered to be a merit.

Assistant Professor in Process Optimisation Print E-mail
Written by UmU staff/Editing by A.S.   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 18:41

UmU LogoUmeå University is now making, in collaboration with local companies in Umeå, a dedicated effort in Green Technology and Environmental Economics. The goal of the initiative is to create an integrated research environment in the areas of green technology and environmental economics whose overall academic skills are unique to Sweden.

In this area, we are seeking an individual with expertise primarily in process optimisation. In this area there is a need to understand the characteristics of and relationship between product input materials/raw materials and process parameters which control the output quality of the end product in industrial production. A holistic systems analysis approach by multivariate statistical process monitoring and process control will be applied to create smarter process systems for resource efficient and sustainable Bio4energy cmykproduction. Modern production plants are extensively computerised and processes consist of a large amount of sub-processes that interact through material flows and information flows. This will ultimately lead to a more optimised sustainable industrial production and to possibilities to develop renewable products or solutions with specific characteristics, quality and functionality.

Umeå University has several projects in this area, including offline and online process monitoring, scaling of process steps, quality control systems and process control. The concept of "Design Space" is included to ensure consistent quality, traceability, fault detection and for designing control strategies. Researchers at UmU have been collaborating with industry in both the development of new methodology and new process specific applications. This new process optimisation initiative has links to many other areas of research at UmU, and will have a particular focus on environmental systems engineering and environmental economy. It is therefore desirable that the applicant is engaged in joint projects with industry collaboration and with other research groups at the university.

Assistant Professor in 'Environmental' System Analysis Print E-mail
Written by UmU staff; Editing by A.S. - Updated 14 January 2015   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:09

Umeå University is making, in collaboration with local companies in Umeå, a targeted effort in Green Technology and UmU LogoEnvironmental Economics. The goal of the initiative is that through a series of strategic recruitments create an integrated research environment in the areas of green technology and environmental economics whose overall academic skills are unique to Sweden.

In this area we are looking for someone with expertise especially in Environmental Systems Analysis. Within that area, there is a strong trend to develop and improve interdisciplinary strategies and methods capable of describing the environmental impact of complex process chains' and products' full life-cycle. A focal area is the development of techno-scientific life cycle assessments which can meet the future Bio4energy cmykdemands of a sustainable society.

At Umeå University several major research projects are currently running within the areas of energy, materials and chemicals fields, in collaboration with the trade and industry, and where the development of environmental systems analysis can be applied advantageously. Extensive research is carried out on environmental chemical elements in various biogeochemical and ecological systems, at the microscopic and macroscopic level. Properties and flows of metals and organic substances in society and the environment have for a long time been an established profile area, for example in terms of chemical flows in processes, emissions, water and industrial residue/waste. System aspects in the energy sector is another example, where the research environment Bio4Energy constitutes a national strategic research investment. At Umeå University there are also many other adjoining areas of research, and it is therefore desirable that the applicant can be included in joint projects with companies and collaboration with other research groups within the university. The development of the environmental system analysis field will thus link many existing research areas at Umeå University.

Ph Researcher in Biochemical Process Technology Print E-mail
Written by LTU staff   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 17:08

ltuDoktorand i biokemisk processteknik

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Doktorand i Biokemisk processteknik med inriktning mot utveckling cellfabriker för produktion av biobaserade kemikalier och bränslen. Forskargruppen i forskningsämnet Biokemisk processteknik vid Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser vid Luleå tekniska universitet (LTU) har en lång erfarenhet av att utveckla integrerade processer som kombinerar bioteknik och kemi för att producera Bio4energy cmyklivsmedel, kemikalier, mediciner och bränsle.


Forskningen fokuserar på biokemiska processer för produktion och förädling av kemikalier, bränslen och material från biomassa.

Vi söker nu en doktorand som är intresserad av att utveckla nya biobaserade processer som omfattar hela värdekedjan från förbehandling, fraktionering, enzymatisk hydrolys, mikrobiell omvandling för produktion av kemikalier och biobränslen från lignocellulosa. Som doktorand kommer du att delta i undervisningen i miljö- och processteknik program. Det huvudsakliga arbetet kommer att utföras vid LTU i Luleå.
Postdoc Researcher in Modelling, Genetic Analysis of Wood Dynamic Traits Print E-mail
Written by UPSC staff/Editing by A.S.   
Monday, 08 December 2014 18:16

upsc logo ftg transpbgPostdoctoral research position at the Umeå Plant Science Centre, a research excellence centre shared by Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The position will be affiliated with the SLU Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology and make an important contribution to Bio4Energy.

Modelling and genetic analysis of juvenile to mature transition for micro-fibril angle (MFA) in Norway spruce innventia logo cl(Picea abies): A prerequisite to performing association mapping of MFA

Norway spruce is the most important Swedish commercial tree species and provides the majority of the annual forest production and export from Sweden. Research to accelerate the breeding cycle and increasing genetic gain should be prioritised. Therefore, the aim of the study is to develop mathematical models to accurately estimate biologically meaningful parameters describing micro-fibril angle juvenile-mature transition (MFAj-m) in Norway Spruce. Analysing this type of functional data analysis will allow, in a second step, for an accurate estimation of parameters for performing an association mapping analysis. Unraveling the genetics behind wood slu logo rgb webjuvenile-mature transition and MFA will be of great value when it comes to reducing the rotation age of the trees, while avoiding undesirable effects from high micro-fibril angle typical of young trees.


The project will consist of three major sequential steps:

  1. Mathematical modeling of the genetically controlled part of the radial/time variation of MFA and, based on this, parameterisation of the MFAj-m;
  2. Estimating the size of genetic variation, heritability, and breeding values for MFAj-m in the sampled population, and;
  3. Association mapping (AM) to identify the genes underlying MFAj-m.Bio4energy cmyk


Highly motivated candidates with experience in the modelling of dynamic traits and statistical analyses, quantitative and population genetics or forest genetics are encouraged to apply. To qualify for the position, you should have a PhD degree in subjects relevant for the position, such as one in Biology or Statistics. The PhD degree should not be more than three years' old. Good communication and writing skills in the English language are required to succeed in this role.

SP Technical Institute of Sweden Seeks Reserachers in Chemistry, Materials Print E-mail
Written by SP staff, editing by A.S.   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 16:29

Bio4Energy counts several researchers based at the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. Here we publish a call for applications by the SP mother organisation.

The SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden conducts the widest range of SP Science-Partner
research of any institute in Sweden. The Group employs 1,300 people who develop and provide technologies for more than 10,000 customers. Would you like to join the SP? Register your CV in its "speculative application" database. 

The SP's work spans most areas of technology–from food to fire technology. As an employee, you will have the opportunity to work independently, while having access to a vast network of international contacts. You will also be able to develop research ideas. The SP acts as a bridge between academic and industrial research.

SP Group expanding

The SP will be seeking new employees over the next few years. It will be looking for creative engineers, chemists and biologists, whether just starting out or greatly experienced. People with a broader profile for the SP's interdisciplinary projects and activities, for example within architecture and social sciences, are also encouraged to submit their CV.

Register your CV

Register your CV in our speculative application database by clicking on the "Apply Now" ("Sök tjänsten") button on this page.

The SP Group consists of the parent company SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and subsidiaries SP Process Development, SP Processum, AstaZero, CBI Swedish Cement and Concrete Research Institute, SIK – the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology, SMP Swedish Machinery Testing Institute, Glafo, the Glass Research Institute, JTI – Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering.