Open positions

  • PhD position (4 years) in novel bio-inspired catalysts

    A full-funded PhD position (4 years) is open at the Adolphe Merkle Institute (University of Fribourg) for projects that focus on the development and application of novel bio-inspired catalysts. The project aims to expand the catalytic repertoire of enzymes introducing “new to nature” reactivity combining advantages of both homogeneous and enzymatic catalysis. These new biocompatible catalysts (Bio-ATRA), will be designed to perform controlled radical reactions under mild and physiological conditions. The development of this selective method will have a strong impact on several fields such as protein engineering, synthetic biology, material science, polymer chemistry, therapeutics protein, and drug delivery.


    The ideal candidate has a master’s degree (or equivalent) in chemistry or related fields with experience in organic/inorganic and/or biochemistry, and wish to pursue interdisciplinary research involving protein engineering and production, homogeneous and enzymatic catalysis, molecular biology and characterization of various materials.


    Collaboration with the other members of the Institute and International group is expected. AMI offers highly competitive working conditions and an outstanding infrastructure in a new research facility.


    The position will start on 1st February 2019 and the successful applicant is expected to enrol in a fulltime PhD program. Please send your CV, motivation letter, and recommendation letter(s)/contact(s) to Dr. Michela Pellizzoni via e-mail to ami-applications@unifr.ch with the subject title " Bio-inspired catalysts" until 16.12.2018.


    Further information can be addresses to michela.pellizzoni@unifr.ch

  • PhD position in the field of stimuli-responsive polymers

    The Polymer Chemistry and Materials Group (Prof. Christoph Weder) has an opening for projects that focus on the development and investigation of stimuli-responsive polymers, i.e., materials whose properties change in response to an external stimulus in a predictable and useful manner. The underlying mechanisms are of great academic interest and such materials are technologically useful, since they offer a broad range of complex and in many cases unique properties and functions, such as the ability to be healed, the possibility to indicate mechanical stress with a color change, or the capability to change their mechanical properties on demand.

    Applicants must have a master’s degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or Polymer Science, experience in organic and/or polymer synthesis, and wish to pursue interdisciplinary research involving small-molecule and polymer synthesis, polymer processing, and the characterization of various materials properties. Close collaboration with the other members of the Institute and the Faculty of Science is expected. AMI offers highly competitive working conditions and an outstanding infrastructure in a new research facility.

    The position will be filled as soon as possible and the successful applicants are expected to enrol in a fulltime PhD program. Please send your CV, motivation letter, and recommendation letter(s) to Prof. Christoph Weder via e-mail to ami-applications@unifr.ch with the subject title "Stimuli-responsive polymers".

  • PhD position in Polymer Self-Assembly

    The Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland invites applications for a PhD position in the Soft Matter Physics group of Prof. Ullrich Steiner, jointly supervised by Dr. Ilja Gunkel.

    The goal of this project is the generation of well-defined 3D polymeric nanostructures that can be used as templates for the fabrication functional materials including optical and magnetic metamaterials. The project includes film processing, annealing, and characterization of the polymeric templates using X?ray scattering and electron microscopy.

    The successful applicant will hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in a field of (physical) chemistry, materials science, physics, or a related field preferably with a focus on polymer science. The candidate should wish to pursue research involving the fundamental mechanisms of polymer self-assembly and should have excellent communication skills in English (both written and oral). Close collaboration with other members of AMI, the Faculty of Sciences, and local and international universities and companies is desirable.

    The Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg is a recently established center of competence, focused on research in the field of soft nano-materials, science and technology. With the objective to stimulate innovation, AMI aims to combine fundamental and application-oriented research within an interdisciplinary setting. AMI offers highly competitive working conditions, an outstanding infrastructure and a competitive salary.

    Please email your application to ami-applications@unifr.ch including your CV, a cover letter, and contact information of (at least) two references with the subject title “PhD Position in Polymer Self-Assembly”. Review of applications will begin immediately upon receipt of complete application materials. The call remains open until a fitting candidate has been selected.

  • PhD position in Optics

    The Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland invites applications for a PhD position in the Soft Matter Physics group of Prof. Ullrich Steiner, jointly supervised by Dr. Bodo Wilts.

    The goal of the project is the optical characterization of nanostructured morphologies found in various animals with different degrees of disorder. The project includes the investigation of these structures with state-of-the-art tomographic methods and their replication using chemical synthesis methods. Computer simulations of the light-matter interaction will be performed hand-in-hand with experiments.

    The successful applicant will hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Materials Science or a related field, preferably with a focus on optics, topology or structure-function interactions. The candidate should wish to pursue independent research involving optical characterization techniques, electron microscopy, and optical simulations and should have excellent communication skills in English (both written and oral). Close collaboration with other members of AMI, the Faculty of Sciences, within the National Center of Competence in Research “Bio-inspired Materials” and local and international universities is desirable.

    The Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg is a recently established center of competence, focused on research in the field of soft nano-materials, science and technology. With the objective to stimulate innovation, AMI aims to combine fundamental and application-oriented research within an interdisciplinary setting. AMI offers highly competitive working conditions, an outstanding infrastructure and a competitive salary.

    Please email your application to ami-applications@unifr.ch including your CV, a cover letter, and contact information of (at least) two references with the subject title “PhD position in Optics (NCCR-P2)”. Review of applications will begin immediately upon receipt of complete application materials. The call remains open until a fitting candidate has been selected.