The postdoc will fabricate, optimise, and characterise soft artificial muscles based on electroactive polymers and textiles.

Linköping University (LiU) conducts world-leading, cross-disciplinary research in fields that include materials science, IT and life science technology. LiU is one of the largest universities in Sweden and today has 32 000 students and 4 000 employees. The students are among the most desirable in the labour market and international rankings consistently place LiU as a leading global university. Read more at

The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM) at Linköping University in Sweden has been in operation for five decades and during that time expanded quite substantially. The number of employees is around 420, including 45 full professors and some 130 graduate students. In addition, approximately 70 guest researchers visit us every year.


Background and duties

The postdoc will fabricate, optimise, and characterise soft artificial muscles based on electroactive polymers and textiles. The textile actuators may be based on single yarns or fabrics. He/She will also integrate the textile actuators in various textile constructions and electro-mechanically active wearables. The post-doc will learn to synthesize and characterize soft artificial muscles based on electroactive yarns and textiles. He/She will perform electrochemical synthesis, coating of yarns and fabrics, electro-mechanical characterization, mechanical characterization, textile fabrication and various textile constructions.

The work will be carried out at Division of Sensor and Actuator Systems ( ) under the scientific guidance of Assoc Prof Edwin Jager and in close collaboration with the Swedish School of Textiles at University of Borås ( ).


Qualifications and requirements to applicants

  • The position requires a doctorate within an applicable background such as (organic) chemistry, mechanical engineering, material science, or applied physics. Experience in smart textiles, wearables, soft actuators, electroactive polymers, or linear actuators is preferred.
  • Scholarship may be granted only to non-Swedish citizens with a PhD degree or equivalent acquired in another country than Sweden. The applicant must not have been employed by Linköping University previously.
  • The applicant must have or be about to receive a doctoral degree in a subject relevant to the research project (e.g. specific subjects) and needs to be passionate about research. Problem solving ability and creativity are essential.


Starting date

2022-02-01, or by agreement.


Appointment and conditions

  • One year with the option for an extension of one year.
  • The total time for receiving a scholarship from Linköping University can never exceed two years.
  • The scholarship amounts to SEK 25 000:-/month (tax-free) (~€2500/month). Economy class travel to/from Sweden for a scholarship holder will be covered. Funding can be available to participate in conferences.
  • Questions are welcome to


Application procedure

The following documents (in pdf format) must be submitted when applying for a scholarship

  • Cover letter (1- 2 pages describing your background and your interest in this project)
  • Curriculum vitae, max 2 pages, including at least two references that we can contact
  • List of publications
  • Copy of PhD diploma


The application should be sent electronically to and a copy to and Mark your application with reference number Dnr IFM-2021-00485 in the e-mail subject field.


Deadline for application is 2021-11-30