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Partners & Funds

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
PhD Project: Chromatic Regulation of Photo Protection in Green Algae Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 March 2015 12:08

EDCSV-Grenoble-315Grenoble, France. Photo by courtesy of the Doctoral School of Chemistry and Life Sciences of the University of Grenoble-Alpes, EDCSV.The EDCSV PhD program is open to applications by high level students, completing their Master of Science degree before 1.10.2015 and coming from any university worldwide.

About EDCSV:

EDCSV is the Doctoral School of Chemistry and Life Sciences of the University of Grenoble -Alpes. Each year about 15 students receive a three-year fellowship funded by the French Ministry of Research. These students are selected in a competitive recruitment process.

Instructions for the application can be found on the EDCSV portal.


Dimitris Petroutsos, phone: +33 4 3878 6663.

PhD project: Chromatic regulation of photo protection in green algae

Sunlight is the ultimate energy source for nearly all life forms on Earth. Through photosynthesis, light energy produces compounds required for biosynthesis and growth. However photosynthesis requires a balance between light energy input and CO2 assimilation capacity.

Master's Project: Feasibility Study of Combined Mushroom & Biofuel Production in Sweden Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 March 2015 13:02

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slu logo rgb webA Master’s project: Feasibility study of a new industrial development for combined mushroom and biofuel production in rural areas of Sweden

Sustainable production of food and fuels are supporting pillars of a bioeconomy. The EU has adopted as a strategy promoting the creation of a European bioeconomy. In order for such an economy to grow, it is important to seek approaches for environmentally-friendly and economically cost-efficient conversion of biomass to food and fuels. Currently, surplus forestry residue from timber and pulp production, as well as wood processing, is mostly used for direct combustion. This type of process has low cost efficiency. Greater cost efficiency could be obtained if wood components were extracted and converted to high-value added chemicals or other bio-based products, such as medicinal products. Alternatively, edible mushrooms could be grown.

This master project will study possibilities of a new industrial development using forest residues in combined mushroom and fuel production in a rural area in Sweden. The idea is to use forest residues as substrates for producing mushroom for human consumption. The spent substrates may then be used as feedstock for making biofuel.

Mushrooms may be used in value-added food products and natural pharmaceuticals as a promoter of health. Some white-rot mushrooms produce lignin-modifying enzymes which may benefit bio-based conversion processes for ethanol production.

The assignment will include: (1) an assessment of resource availability for mushroom substrates; (2) an investigation of existing technologies and adaptation; (3) an investigation of potential use of spent mushroom substrate; (4) analyses of the market and the economics of the process and; (5) a mapping of environmental considerations, policies and regulations.

For more information, contact: Associate professor (docent) Shaojun Xiong, Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, phone: + 46 90 786 8778.

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2015.

PhD Student in Energy Engineering, Biomass Gasification Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 March 2015 18:43

ltuPhD student position in Energy Engineering with special emphasis on biomass gasification at Luleå, Sweden; Ref: 749-15Bio4energy cmyk

The Division of Energy Science at Luleå University of Technology (LTU) has an open PhD position on the subject of Energy Engineering. The main objective of the PhD project is to develop a new technology to reduce by-products in biomass gasification.


The subject of Energy Engineering at the Division of Energy Science belongs to the Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics. The Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics includes a wide range of subjects and has many successful research groups, recognised degree programmes and respected teachers. Research in the department is related to the materials science of metals, composites and wood; energy engineering issues regarding processes like gasification and combustion; flow phenomena; how to optimise structures with respect to function and how they are produced and many other issues.

At the subject of Energy Engineering we work closely with companies/industries in both research and student projects. The research conducted has high international standards, and we collaborate with researchers around the world.


Energy Engineering includes the development of technologies and processes for a sustainable energy supply. The research focuses on bioenergy technologies and energy efficient use in industry and society.


As a PhD student you will work for a doctoral degree as the final goal, according to the goals specified in the Higher Education Ordinance. In parallel with your thesis work, you will also undertake courses during your research education. Your thesis work will be performed as part of a project that develops a new burner design to reduce emission from combustion and gasification. The project was granted financial support from the Norbotten Research Council and will involve researchers from all over Sweden. This project will develop a technique to modify the flow field near pulverised burners, and investigate how the change in flow field affects the dispersion of powder particles and combustion/gasification reactions. Major activities are experimental measurements of near-burner region and statistical and theoretical analyses of experimental data.

For mor information on the project, click on this link.

PhD Position in Plant Cell & Molecular Biology Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:50

upsc logo ftg transpbgUmeå University and the Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) are looking for a highly motivated PhD student in the research field plant cell and molecular biology. The subject of the project is molecular control of lignification. The position will be placed at Umeå University, Department of Plant Physiology. This is part of the UPSC, which centre in experimental plant biology is shared between Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, both founding members of Bio4Energy.

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Plant xylem tissues consist of vessel elements and fibers which deposit secondary cell walls as a part of their maturation. Lignin is a cell wall component that reinforces the walls and confers a hydrophobic barrier which is crucial for water transport in the xylem vessels. We have recently shown that lignification is a cooperative process in which the lignin monomers are supplied to the lignifying cells by their neighbouring cells (Pesquet et al. 2013, Plant Cell 25:1314-28). We have also identified parts of the molecular machinery that mediate the non-cell autonomous lignification of the xylem vessel elements. The PhD project will build on these results and focus on the role of two new proteins in regulation of lignification Bio4energy cmykwith the help of various molecular, genetic and physiological methods. The project includes analysis of these proteins on the DNA, RNA, and protein levels, functional assays in Arabidopsis thaliana, protein-protein interactions and transcriptional regulation. Many of the genetic tools are either already available or underway for the project. The results will be finally transferred to our Populus tree model in order to modify lignification in tree stems in a cell-specific manner.

Postdoc Researcher in Modelling, Genetic Analysis of Wood Dynamic Traits Print E-mail
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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
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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.