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Five positions as undergraduate research students within the Master by Research curriculum of Chemistry in the Eco-Chemistry group are open.

The research in the Eco-Chemistry group concerns synthesis, extraction and analysis of natural products. One part of the research is focused on semiochemicals as kairomones and pheromones used for chemical communication by pests on forests and crops. Semichemicals legendary attractiveness provides not only methods for pest management but also methods for conservation monitoring of threatened species. Another part of the research focus on exploring the increasing request from the forest industry to find processes to handle and find new utilization of waste material. For this we investigate the degradation of lignin waste material by for example filamentous fungi and yeasts in the production of bioactive chemicals, lipids etc.

The five open Master by Research positions can shortly be presented as:

  • Two projects (2 students) will focus on analysis and the applications of metabolites from degradation of lignocellulose material by wood decaying fungi and/or yeasts.
  • Two projects (2 students) will focus on analysis and synthesis of semichemicals and investigation of their use in environmentally friendly protection of plants, trees and wood from insects, moose, deer, and vole.
  • One project (1 student) will focus on analysis and synthesis of semichemicals and investigation of their use in methods for conservation monitoring of threatened species.

The projects will be performed in close collaboration between all MbR students, with current and coming PhD students, post docs and professors in the Eco-Chemistry research group and collaborators within Mid Sweden University and at various universities in Sweden, Europe, America and Russia.

More Information and Contact

If you are interested in these open positions please contact Prof. Erik Hedenström. E-post erik.hedenstrom@miun.se or telephone 010-142 87 29.

Master by Research (MBR) is a programme where you as a student will be a member of a research group and carry out research closely supervised by a professor and other members of the group. You will have your own projects, which will be part of the group research efforts. After two years this will lead to your Master's thesis.

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Degree certificate (BSc) including course transcript
  • Language certificates
  • Copy of BSc thesis