Degree project

When you carry out your degree project with us, you get the chance to use your knowledge in an exciting environment, where we constantly challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. At Billerud, we are always interested in getting in touch with curious and innovative thinking students who would like to challenge the conventional!

Doing your degree project with us is a good way to get to know us as your potential future employer while you get the chance to develop and demonstrate your skills. As an Ex-jobber, you will have the opportunity to work alongside many talented people and experts. Our values are central to us and we believe that you, who are applying, will recognize yourself in our values: Put the customer first, dare to innovate, lead the change and take care of each other.

Degree projects can be carried out in several of our areas


Are you interested in writing your thesis with us? See “open programs” below or visit our "Vacancies", we continuously publish degree projects in all areas that you are welcome to apply for.

Can't find a project related to your interests and knowledge? You also have the chance to come up with your own idea for an ex-job within Billerud. Send your request to the relevant manager or


Programs open for spontaneous application

Strength is the basic property of almost all our present and future products. Good strength allows for the production of lighter, more sustainable packages. It is also vital for sustainability since strong paper products can compete better with non-sustainable alternatives such as plastic and due to that strong paper products contribute to minimal loss of goods during packaging, transport and storage. In this area, the Product Innovation team develops new technologies to enhance the superiority of our products.

Our focus areas include the treatment of fibres and fibre networks through refining and fibrillation, an increase knowledge of the differences between different fibres and how to maximize their potential, and chemical modification with cross-linking. The fiber network can also be strengthened with different additives, preferably fibre based. Finally, the added value of stronger paper and boards need to be shown in relation to the package. In that sense, predictive failure within the areas of creasing, folding, and 3D-forming are also necessary to develop the right product for the right application.

Contact Christophe Barbier, program manager, if you are interested to perform your thesis work within this field.


Food packaging always has some type of built-in protection. UV-light and mechanical protection can be taken care of by the cartonboard. To keep the food fresh and safe, barriers against for example liquid, grease, water vapor and oxygen are also required. Traditionally, plastics and aluminium foil were used for these purposes. These materials are very effective as barrier materials, but, at the same time, their impacts on carbon footprint and cost of packaging are very large. To make a decisive contribution to sustainability, Billerud is dedicated to challenge conventional packaging by creating circular and sustainable food packaging.

Our focus areas include research and development of water based polymer systems, fillers and coating technologies. The paper or paperboard used for barrier coating must be optimized for best film formation, hold-out and surface roughness. Recently, we made large investments in multi-layer curtain coating and vacuum coating technologies. We intend to use this new equipment to develop high barrier, recyclable and circular packaging papers and boards.

Contact Johan Larsson, program manager, if you are interested to perform your thesis work within this field.

See Also

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