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

Postdoctoral Fellows (Biophysics)

The Biophysics Group (Prof. Michael Mayer) invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellows for three projects in the domains of single molecule characterization of proteins with nanopores, single molecule fluorescence techniques, or single molecule electrophysiology studies.  Our goal is to increase our understanding of neurodegenerative, amyloidogenic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease by developing next generation protein analysis approaches that can reveal multiple protein descriptors on a single molecule level. Such a technology will make it possible to examine the aggregation state and kinetics of heterogeneous amyloid samples in human cerebrospinal fluid and peripheral blood.  We will then take advantage of this information to explore its potential for early diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring of amyloidogenic diseases.

Applicants must have a PhD in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Biotechnology.  Previous experience with amyloid research, protein analysis and gel electrophoresis of proteins, electrophysiology or single molecule fluorescence techniques is a plus as is interest in computer programming for data analysis.  Strong motivation, previous research productivity, and enthusiasm for top-quality research as well as very good oral and written English communication skills are a must.  Since our research team is growing strongly, Postdocs will be expected to lead small research teams and guide PhD and Masters students in the lab.  Creativity and drive to explore their own original ideas are encouraged.

We offer a uniquely stimulating and supportive interdisciplinary research environment at the interface of biophysics, biochemistry, nanoscience, and diagnostics as well as brand-new, state-of-the-art laboratories, excellent working conditions, a competitive salary, and outstanding career prospects. As a member of the Adolphe Merkle Institute, which is leading a 12 Mio CHF National Competence Center for Research (NCCR) in Bio-inspired Materials, the successful candidate will also benefit from training opportunities and presentations in an international setting as well as from multidisciplinary collaborations with groups at the ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne. Our in-house technology transfer office provides training, mentoring and support for start-up companies and provides contacts to industrial partners.  Teaching opportunities are also available.

Please send your letter of motivation, PDFs of your most important publication(s), CV and contact details of three references to: (turn on JavaScript) stating “PostDoc Biophysics” in the subject line.  Positions are available starting from Dec 1st, 2016. For additional information, please refer to Nature Nanotechnol., 2011, 6, 253-; ACS Nano, 2012, 6, 5909-; Neurotox. Res., 2009, 16, 1-; PlosOne, 2012, 7, e47261-; ArXiv, 2015, arxiv:1510.01935 (this manuscript is provisionally accepted from Nature Nanotechnol., 2016) or contact Prof. Michael Mayer (email: (turn on JavaScript)).

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