Open positions

  • Open call - Women in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship

    The NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials has opened a call (no deadline) for project proposals in the field of bio-inspired materials within the frame of its Women in Science Program. Female researchers who hold or are about to earn a PhD degree are invited to apply. Please follow this link for further information.

  • 4 PhD positions in optics

    The Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland invites applications for 4 PhD positions in the Soft Matter Physics group of Prof. Ullrich Steiner.

    The goal of the ERC funded project “Photonic Structural Materials with Controlled Disorder” is the discovery how structural color arises from materials with various degrees of disorder. The projects encompass the following four domains:

    • Tomographic analysis of disordered materials occurring in nature (e.g. bird feathers), the discovery of structural correlations in these materials and linking them with their optical properties
    • The analysis of disordered optical gratings occurring in plants and the development of models describing their optical response
    • The manufacture of materials that replicate the properties of the materials described above. This includes the discovery how nature creates these materials
    • The development of numerical and analytic methods to describe and model the propagation of light through disordered media

    The project includes the investigation of these structures with state-of-the-art tomographic methods, synthetic and self-assembly methodologies to create structured materials and both analytic and simulation methods analyzing structural correlations and the light-matter interaction in disordered materials.

    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. While the projects are mostly experimental, there is also the possibility to carry out a theoretical PhD project on the analytical analysis and numerical simulation of disordered materials and their optical response.  The candidate should wish to pursue independent research involving optical characterization techniques, electron microscopy, analytic theories or optical simulations. Excellent communication skills in English (both written and oral) are an essential requirement. PhD positions at AMI provide the opportunity of close collaborations with other groups at AMI, the Faculty of Sciences, within the National Center of Competence in Research “Bio-inspired Materials”, as well was with the University of Cambridge and several US universities.

    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. For informal enquiries please contact

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

  • Postdoc in Polymer Chemistry

    The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) for Bio-Inspired Materials ( is an internationally recognized hub for paradigm-shifting research, innovation, and education in the domain of “smart” materials whose function and design are inspired by Nature. Transcending traditional disciplines, the center integrates the research activities of research groups from the University of Fribourg’s Adolphe Merkle Institute, its departments of chemistry, medicine, and physics, and partners at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich and Lausanne.

    To complete the research team of the NCCR at the Adolphe Merkle Institute, we are seeking a

    Postdoc in Polymer Chemistry [Job code: NB-NCCR-Mod4]

    The postdoc (f/m) will work under the supervision of Prof. Nico Bruns and co-supervision of Prof. Alke Fink (Adolphe Merkle Institute), Prof. Harm-Anton Klok (EPFL) and Prof. Andreas Kilbinger (Department of Chemistry, University of Fribourg) on the synthesis and self-assembly of block copolymer vesicles and their use as protein delivery vehicles. The project is part of a major interdisciplinary project to develop organoids on a chip, and intense collaboration with other team members in the NCCR is expected.   

    Applicants must hold a PhD degree in Chemistry or Polymer Science. Excellent skills in the domain of block copolymer synthesis by controlled radical polymerizations, and in the domain of block copolymer self-assembly are expected. Experience in the development of drug delivery systems are an advantage. Enthusiasm for top-quality research and good oral and written English communication skills are a must.

    We offer a uniquely stimulating interdisciplinary research environment at the interface of polymer chemistry, cell biology, and microsystems engineering, as well as excellent working conditions, a competitive salary, and outstanding career prospects. The position will start on 1.6.2019 and is initially funded for 12 months, with the possibility for an extension up to a total of 3 years.

    Please send your complete documentation (reference NB-NCCR-Mod4; including letter of motivation, CV, list of publications, copies of pertinent certificates, and contact details of two academic references) until 15.03.2019 to:, stating the job-ID in the subject line. For additional information about the position, please contact Prof. Nico Bruns: or