The Adolphe Merkle Institute ( iis an 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

PhD student in material science / biomechanics

Position and Requirements

To complete the Bionanomaterials research team of Profs. Alke Fink/Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser at the Adolphe Merkle Institute, we search for a highly motivated and talented PhD student who is interested and capable of working in a strongly interdisciplinary environment combining nanomaterial chemistry, cell biology and nanomaterial-cell interactions.

The Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (USA), and the University of Chicago (USA), have just been awarded with grants from the US and Swiss National Science Foundations as part of the Partnerships for International Research and Education program (PIRE), with the aim to develop functional materials inspired by some of the most desirable substances found in nature ( One of the research areas focuses on the development of mechanically adaptable functional fibers mimicking the extracellular matrix’s ability to provide adaptive structural and biochemical support to cells, enabling surrounding cells to differentiate or migrate to heal wounds. 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 talent in the respective research field and expect:

  • An outstanding university master's/ diploma degree (or equivalent) in biomaterials chemistry, biomechanics, cell biology, first research experience - preferably in one of the fields.
  • We are looking for collaborators with an independent, target- and solution-driven work attitude, inter- and multidisciplinary thinking & strong motivation and interest to join an ambitious interdisciplinary research cluster. an independent, target- and solution-driven work attitude;
  • inter- and multidisciplinary thinking; strong motivation and interest to join one an ambitious interdisciplinary research cluster
  • an integrative and cooperative personality with excellent communication and social skills;
  • fluency in English – written and oral

You will be joining a team of enthusiastic scientists who creatively pursue their research agenda by the cluster's innovative approach and support.

We offer:

• A cutting-edge research project
• Excellent research facilities
• Full funding (according to the SNSF guidelines)
• Supporting curriculum with many optional courses
• International environment with English as the working language

Application Procedure

Please send your complete documentation to: Profs. Alke Fink and Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Ch. de Verdiers 4, CH-Fribourg, Switzerland. E-Mail: (turn on JavaScript), (turn on JavaScript)

Please reference the job code in your motivation letter and in the subject header!

The submission deadline is 15.11.2017.

Adolphe Merkle Institute - Chemin des Verdiers 4 - CH-1700 Fribourg - Phone +41 26 300 9254