Open positions

  • PhD Student Bio-inspired mechanically adapting polymers [Job code: CW-PIRE]

    The successful candidate will work in the Polymer Chemistry and Materials Group (Prof. Christoph Weder) on a research project that is focused on the investigation of bio-inspired polymers that change their mechanical properties and shape in response to an external stimulus. The targeted materials are potentially useful for biomedical applications and novel actuation systems. The position and project are part of the Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) Bio-inspired Materials and Systems between the AMI, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (USA), and the University of Chicago (USA).

     

    Applicants must be have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Materials, or Polymer Science, ideally with experience in small-molecule and 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 PIRE team is 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 materials science, polymer chemistry and biology, state-of-the-art laboratories, excellent working conditions, a competitive salary, and outstanding career prospects. As a member of  the PIRE Bio-inspired Materials and Systems, the successful candidate will benefit from a multitude of training and networking opportunities in an international setting. The position will be filled as soon as possible and the successful applicants are expected to enroll in a fulltime PhD program.

     

    Please send your complete documentation (reference CW-PIRE; including letter of motivation, CV, list of publications, copies of pertinent certificates, and contact details of two academic references) until 30.01.2018 to: ami-applications@unifr.ch , stating the job-ID in the subject line. The successful candidate is expected to start as early as possible. For additional information about the position, please contact Prof. Christoph Weder: christoph.weder@unifr.ch.

  • PhD Student (Polymer – Protein Hybrid Materials) [Job code: NB-PIRE]

    The Macromolecular Chemistry Group (Prof. Nico Bruns) invites applications for a PhD researcher (m/f) for a project in the domain of bio-inspired polymer-protein hybrid materials. In previous studies we have shown that fluorescent proteins can detect mechanical deformation and damage in polymeric materials. The new study will involve the synthesis and characterization of self-reporting fiber-reinforced composites based on spider-silk mimetic polymers and fluorescent proteins. The position and project are part of the Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) Bio-inspired Materials and Systems between the AMI, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (USA), and the University of Chicago (USA).

     

    Applicants must have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Materials, or Polymer Science. Excellent skills in the domain of polymer synthesis are expected. Experience in protein chemistry and protein engineering 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 materials science, polymer chemistry and biology, state-of-the-art laboratories, excellent working conditions, a competitive salary, and outstanding career prospects. As a member of  the PIRE Bio-inspired Materials and Systems, the successful candidate will benefit from a multitude of training and networking opportunities in an international setting. The position will be filled as soon as possible and the successful applicants are expected to enroll in a fulltime PhD program.

     

    Please send your complete documentation (reference NB-PIRE; including letter of motivation, CV, list of publications, copies of pertinent certificates, and contact details of two academic references) until 30.01.2018 to: : ami-applications@unifr.ch , stating the job-ID in the subject line. The successful candidate is expected to start as early as possible. For additional information about the position, please contact Prof. Nico Bruns: nico.bruns@unifr.ch.

  • 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, miliba@gmail.com.

  • PhD position in physics

    The goal of the project is the optical characterization of well-defined 3D morphologies that potentially exhibit a negative refractive index at visible wavelengths, so-called optical metamaterials. Part of the project includes the fabrication of these novel materials. Computer simulations of the light-matter interaction will be performed hand-in-hand with experiments.

    The successful applicant will hold a Master’s degree, or equivalent, in Physics, preferably with a focus on optics or photonics. The candidate should wish to pursue independent research involving electron microscopy, self-assembly of (bio-)polymers and optical characterization techniques and should have excellent communication skills in English (both written and oral). Close collaboration with other members of AMI, the Faculty of Sciences, and local and international universities and companies is desirable.

    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.

    Please email your application to ami-applications@unifr.ch including your CV, a cover letter, and contact information of (at least) two references. Review of applications will begin immediately upon receipt of complete application materials. The call remains open until a fitting candidate has been selected.

  • 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 ami-applications@unifr.ch with the subject title "Stimuli-responsive polymers".

  • Managing Director (80-100%)

    To complete our growing team of currently 100 researchers and staff members, the Adolphe Merkle Institute is seeking a Managing Director.

     

    You will be responsible for AMI’s support operations and lead a team of currently five professionals that provide services in IT, finance, HR, communication & marketing, and general administration. You will plan and implement administrative procedures and processes to optimize our operations, coordinate our administrative contacts with other University services and other partners, and provide coaching and guidance to your team members. You will support the AMI directors in their responsibilities, notably with the planning, coordination, and execution of special projects. You will also lead the institute’s reporting activities.

     

    You have at least a master’s degree, preferably in a natural science or engineering discipline, and ideally worked already in the management team of a similar organization. You are proactive, independent, goal-oriented and find supporting the continuing success of the institute a motivating challenge. You have already managed complex projects with multiple stakeholders and are not afraid to take responsibility. You have excellent written and verbal communication skills (German or French mother tongue with excellent skills in the other language; fluency in English), excellent personal communication skills, and enjoy working in a fast-paced  international environment.

     

    We offer an interesting work environment in an international team, flexible working conditions, and excellent benefits. The start date is May 1st 2018, or as early as possible.

    Please send your complete documentation until January 31st 2018 to Catherine Jungo, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Chemin des Verdiers 4, 1700 Fribourg, or per Email to  catherine.jungo@unifr.ch

     

    For additional information about the position, please contact Prof. Christoph Weder, Tel. 026 300 9465, christoph.weder@unifr.ch.

  • Technology Transfer and Innovation (TTI) Manager (50-100%)

    To complete our growing team of currently 100 researchers and staff members, the Adolphe Merkle Institute is seeking a Technology Transfer and Innovation (TTI) Manager.

     

    You will lead the TTI activities of the institute and work closely with our researchers to convert their research outcomes into new technologies. Your operational responsibilities will include the identification of research and valorization partners, the negotiation and management of contracts, the evaluation, securing and licensing of intellectual property, and the support of early-stage spin-off companies. You will connect the AMI with the local, national, and international TTI communities and contribute to our TTI-related education and training. Together with the AMI directors you will shape the long-term TTI strategy of the institute.

     

    You have a PhD degree in a natural science or engineering discipline, are familiar with the institute’s technical domain, and are passionate about technology-based innovation. Ideally, you have already several years of experience in TTI, either in academia or industry. You are proactive, hands-on, independent, goal-oriented and find valorizing the institute’s research findings a motivating challenge.  You have professional command of the English and either the French or German language, excellent personal communication skills, and enjoy working in a fast-paced  international environment.

     

    We offer an interesting work environment in an international team, flexible working conditions, and excellent benefits. The start date is May 1st 2018, or as early as possible. Please send your complete documentation until January 31st 2018 to Catherine Jungo, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Chemin des Verdiers 4, 1700 Fribourg, or per Email to  catherine.jungo@unifr.ch

     

    For additional information about the position, please contact Prof. Christoph Weder, Tel. 026 300 9465, christoph.weder@unifr.ch.