Open positions

  • (Senior) Postdoc position (100%) BioNano group

    The Adolphe Merkle Institute (www.ami.swiss) is an established independent center of competence associated with the University of Fribourg. AMI prides itself with an unusual blend of fundamental and application-oriented research within a multidisciplinary setting and strives to be a leader in interdisciplinary research on soft nano-science. To complete our team, we are seeking a

    (Senior) Postdoc position (100%)

    Position and Requirements

    The BioNanomaterial’s group research aims to study the synthesis and characterization of highly complex inorganic nanoparticles designed for biomedical applications and their behavior in biological systems and the interaction with cells, in particular with respect to uptake mechanism, cell response, and intracellular trafficking. As such, it relies on a variety of analytical as well as microscopy techniques, both from the material and the biological field.

    We aim at attracting the best talents in the respective research field and expect:

    • A PhD degree in e.g. chemistry, material engineering, cell biology, nanoscience.
    • Inter- and multidisciplinary thinking; strong motivation and interest to join one an ambitious interdisciplinary research cluster
    • Supervision of Master and PhD students in the group, involvement in teaching activities
    • An integrative and cooperative personality with excellent communication and social skills;
    • Fluency in English – written and oral

    We offer:

    • Excellent research facilities
    • A one year contract with the possibility for prolongation and – if successful with high impact publications and acquisition of own funding – promotion to group leader with the opportunity for a Habilitation
    • Full funding (according to the SNSF guidelines)
    • Supporting curriculum with many optional courses
    • International environment with English as the working language

    Start date:

    • To be discussed.

    Application Procedure

    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 “(Senior) Postdoc position (100%) BioNano group”.

  • Science Writer – BioNano Group

    The Adolphe Merkle Institute (www.ami.swiss) is an established independent center of competence associated with the University of Fribourg. AMI prides itself with an unusual blend of fundamental and application-oriented research within a multidisciplinary setting and strives to be a leader in interdisciplinary research on soft nano-science. To complete our team, we are seeking a

    Science Writer (20%)

    Position and Requirements

    We are looking for a Science Writer to assist the team in the writing and preparation of research grant applications, research reports, publications, review articles, book chapters, press releases, and website content.

    We look for the following skills:

    • Comprehensive and thorough knowledge in the basic sciences, preferably in nanoscience, cell biology or material engineering, and extensive expertise in science writing is a strong plus
    • Knowledge of common referencing styles
    • Ability to choose relevant and appropriate research resources and materials
    • Ability to think uniquely and independently
    • Fluent in English, articulate and able to write well in English

    We offer:

    • Excellent research facilities
    • Flexible working hours
    • International environment with English as the working language

    Start date:

    • To be discussed

    Application Procedure

    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 “Science Writer – BioNano Group”.

  • Lab-Technician Position BioNano Group

    The Adolphe Merkle Institute (www.ami.swiss) is an established independent center of competence associated with the University of Fribourg. AMI prides itself with an unusual blend of fundamental and application-oriented research within a multidisciplinary setting and strives to be a leader in interdisciplinary research on soft nano-science. To complete our team, we are seeking a

    Cell culture laboratory technician position (40-50%)

    Position and Requirements

    We are looking for a person who is interested and capable of working in a strongly interdisciplinary environment combining cell biology, nanomaterial chemistry, and nanomaterial-cell interactions and can support the ongoing projects from PhD students and postdocs in the groups. Training as cell culture lab technician and / or experience with cell cultures is a prerequisite

    The main tasks will include:

    • Cell culture techniques (cell lines and primary cells)
    • Maintenance of the cell culture lab
    • Technical training of new students
    • Cell analysis methods such as LDH, ELISA, immunofluorescence stainings
    • Ordering of cell culture consumables

    We offer:

    • Excellent research facilities
    • Flexible working conditions
    • International environment with English as the working language

    Start date:

    • To be discussed.

    Application Procedure

    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 “Lab-Technician Position BioNano Group”.

  • 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 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 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 (https://www.bioinspired-materials.ch/en/) 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: ami-applications@unifr.ch, stating the job-ID in the subject line. For additional information about the position, please contact Prof. Nico Bruns: nico.bruns@unifr.ch or nico.bruns@strath.ac.uk