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Master Thesis, BAST and COTTON Fiber Innovation

Älmhult, Kronoberg County - Standort erkunden Business Development Intern


Company description

IKEA has an ambition to inspire and enable more than 1 billion people to live a better everyday life within the limits of the planet. 
We want to offer affordable and accessible solutions for healthy and sustainable living through our home furnishing offer, knowledge and ideas meeting all customer touch points.

Job description

We are always looking for new innovations to meet our customer needs, today and in the future.
For this thesis, we would like you to look into bast and cotton fiber (the growing, production, and processing into textile fiber) innovations. 
Which of the mapped innovations do you conclude have the potential to become a material we could use to meet the many people’s needs when it comes to Textile furnishing of the future? 

As a company we are on a journey to become fully circular by 2030, to only use renewable and recycled materials. To ensure we stay true to our plans we understand the importance of involving many different competencies in making our roadmaps become reality.  
We are looking for two curious students in the agriculture, stem-cell, biotech, or possibly textile areas that are up to doing a mapping of the innovation arena for bast and cotton fibers. 
This mapping (desktop study) should conclude in a summary presenting projects, in different stages of innovation, where you believe, IKEA could get involved to make a difference.

This is a desktop study where the majority of the thesis will be made remotely. Where possible we bring students to IKEA of Sweden in Älmhult to meet and experience the head office – this will be subject to travel and meet recommendations.


Master level, Skills, and education within agriculture, stem-cell, biotech, or possibly textiles-related programs.
You MUST have a passion and curiosity for creating a better everyday life for people and the planet.

More Information

If you have any questions about the recruitment process you are welcome to contact IKEA Supervisor Anna Palmberg, anna.palmberg@inter.ikea.com.
We are looking forward to your application!

Please submit both your CV and motivational letter in English by the latest November 14th. We are reviewing applications as they come through so don’t wait to apply!

We are a Global organization, strong communication skills in English are required.

Curious to know more and meet potential future colleagues??…join a live TEAMS session to listen and ask any questions you have on OCTOBER 11th 1000-1130 CET


Please note:
To take part of the Thesis work, you have to be enrolled in a Thesis course provided at university level/Thesis agreement within a university in Sweden.