Open positions

Interested in nanoscience research? Please remember to check this page where we regularly post job offers for PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and senior scientists at the Adolphe Merkle Institute. Chemistry, materials science, analytics, physics, and biophysics are all at the core of our scientific projects. We offer a uniquely stimulating interdisciplinary research environment, state-of-the-art laboratories, excellent working conditions, competitive salaries, and outstanding career prospects. Our alumni regularly take up attractive positions in academia, public research organizations, and industry around the world.

  • PhD positions - Optically upconverting polymers

    Prof. Christoph Weder's Polymer Chemistry and Materials Group at the Adolphe Merkle Institute has two open PhD positions in the field of Optically Upconverting Polymers.

    The projects involve the development and investigation of optically upconverting polymers, i.e., materials which transform light into radiation of higher energy and are useful for the frequency conversion of lasers, high-resolution optical microscopy, solar harvesting, bio-imaging, drug delivery, optical data storage, and other applications. The proposed research program involves the synthesis of new dye molecules, the preparation of nanostructured materials system containing such dyes, and the in-depth characterization of the photophysical characteristics of the new materials in close collaboration with international partners.

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

    The positions will be filled as soon as possible and the successful applicants are expected to enrol in a full-time PhD program. Please send your CV, motivation letter, and contact information of at least two references as one PDF file via E-mail to ami-applications@unifr.ch with the subject title “PhD Position Upconverting Polymers”.

  • PhD Position: Hybrid Materials for Photovoltaics

    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.

    The project will include the development and investigation of hybrid perovskite materials for photovoltaics applications. This will involve material synthesis by means of state-of-the-art synthetic and self-assembly methodologies, which will be followed by the analysis of their structural and optoelectronic properties as well as photovoltaic devices.

    The applicant should hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or a related field, preferably with a focus on Organic Electronics and/or Photovoltaics. The project will predominantly involve fabrication and characterization of materials for photovoltaics applications. The applicant is expected to have previous experience in fabrication and characterization of thin films. Any additional experience in solid-state chemistry and photoelectrochemistry is considered to be an advantage. Excellent communication skills in English (written and oral) are an essential requirement.

    The Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg is an established center of competence, focused on research in the field of soft nanomaterials, 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. 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 EPFL and several European universities. For informal enquiries please contact ullrich.steiner@unifr.ch. 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 Photovoltaics”. Review of applications will begin immediately upon receipt of application materials. The call remains open until a suitable candidate has been selected.

  • Senior scientist/engineer Swiss NanoAnalytics

    The Swiss NanoAnalytics platform at the Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) invites applications for an engineer/ senior scientist position (https://www.ami.swiss/en/nanoanalytics/). The platform focuses on the comprehensive characterization of a large variety of (nano)materials, including nanocapsules, inorganic and polymer nanoparticles, surfaces, powders etc., their isolation, stability testing and occurrence in consumer products etc.

    Projects are typically in collaboration with regulators, industries, or academic partners and range from relatively simple material characterization to highly complex analytical developments. Applicants would ideally have a PhD in Materials Science with recognized expertise in the field of particle and powder technology. This should include characterization of powder behavior, particle size/shape characterization, chemical composition analysis and surface characterization techniques. Excellent skills in the domain of electron microscopy are expected.

    We offer a uniquely stimulating interdisciplinary environment state-of-the-art laboratories, excellent working conditions, a competitive salary and outstanding career prospects.

    Please send your complete documentation (including letter of motivation (1 page), CV, copies of pertinent certificates, two reference letters OR their contact details) to christoph.geers@unifr.ch. The successful candidate is expected to start January 2021. Please state “Swiss NanoAnalytics” in your motivation letter and in the subject header!

  • PhD position in Nanoscience with a focus on Light / Electron Microscopy

    The Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland invites applications for one PhD position in the BioNanomaterials group which is co-chaired by Prof. B. Rothen-Rutishauser and Prof. A. Fink.

    The goal of the SNSF funded project “Long-term fate of internalized nanoparticles in macrophages” is to study (i) the dynamics of nanoparticles after cellular internalization including trafficking and agglomeration, and (ii) to combine light and electron microscopy methods to provide accurate number projection of intracellular particles.

    Applicants must have a MSc or equal degree in Cell Biology and Light / Electron Microscopy. Excellent skills in the domain of microscopy techniques to analyze sub-cellular structures are expected. 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 cell biology and bionanomaterials, state-of-the-art laboratories, excellent working conditions, a competitive salary in accordance with the Swiss National Science Foundation guidelines, and outstanding career prospects. 

    Please send your complete documentation (including letter of motivation, CV, copies of pertinent certificates, and contact details of two references) to Prof. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Ch. de Verdiers 4, CH-Fribourg, Switzerland, barbara.rothen@unifr.ch. The successful candidate is expected to start as early as possible. Please state “PhD student BioNanomaterials” in your motivation letter and in the subject header!