Open positions

  • PhD Student (NCCR Rothen/Fink)

    To complete the research team of Profs. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser/Alke Fink 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 cell biology, nanomaterial chemistry, or molecular biology.

    The project aims at designing and modulating model inorganic, stimuli-responsive nanoparticles to study their interaction with biological cells, in particular with respect to uptake mechanism, cell response, and intracellular trafficking. As such, it relies on a variety of analytical 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 cell biology, nanoscience and molecular biology, first research experience, preferably in the field, and a strong analytical background.
    • 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
    • Supporting curriculum with many optional courses
    • International environment with English as the working language

    Application Procedure

    Please send your complete documentation including letter of motivation, CV, copies of pertinent certificates, and contact details of two references to:

    Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Ch. de Verdiers 4, CH-Fribourg, Switzerland.


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

  • PhD position in the field of perovskite optoelectronic devices

    Perovskite semiconductors are an exciting, emerging field of research that has attracted major attention in recent years. We at AMI are one of the leading groups in the field. We look for a PhD candidate who will work on the fundamental understanding and improvement of perovskite optoelectronic devices with an initial, but not exclusive, emphasis on solar cells.

    The candidate will gain insights into the underlying mechanisms leading to the development of novel perovskites that can function as high-class optoelectronic devices.

    The candidate is expected to conduct the following tasks:

    • Preparation of perovskite films and devices
    • Optical and electrical characterization of films and devices
    • Develop detailed understanding of the perovskite compositions with respect to optoelectronic properties
    • Analysis and presentation of large amounts of data

    The candidate needs to bring the following skills and experience:

    • High motivation and enthusiasm
    • Working in a team with a problem-fixing approach to scientific work, commitment, dedication to experimentation, and a high level of self-reliance
    • Presenting and publishing scientific results at project meetings, national, and international conferences as well as in scientific journals
    • Working part of the time abroad

    Please send your application including motivation letter, CV, certificates, references, and a brief description of your research projects during your undergraduate studies to Dr. Michael Saliba, AMI,

  • PhD position in the field of stimuli-responsive polymers

    The Polymer Chemistry and Materials Group (Prof. Christoph Weder) has an opening for projects that focus on the development and investigation of stimuli-responsive polymers, i.e., materials whose properties change in response to an external stimulus in a predictable and useful manner. The underlying mechanisms are of great academic interest and such materials are technologically useful, since they offer a broad range of complex and in many cases unique properties and functions, such as the ability to be healed, the possibility to indicate mechanical stress with a color change, or the capability to change their mechanical properties on demand.

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

    The position will be filled as soon as possible and the successful applicants are expected to enrol in a fulltime PhD program. Please send your CV, motivation letter, and recommendation letter(s) to Prof. Christoph Weder via e-mail to with the subject title "Stimuli-responsive polymers".