Open positions

  • 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.

  • Laborantin/e (60%)

    Le groupe BioPhysics cherche un/e technicien/ne de laboratoire – Responsable sécurité avec un taux d'occupation à 60%. Le but du groupe est d’améliorer la compréhension des maladies neurodégénératives, amyloïdogènes, telles que les maladies d’Alzheimer ou de Parkinson, en développant des méthodes d’analyses des protéines de nouvelle génération. Celles-ci permettent de révéler de multiples descripteurs de protéines à l’échelle de la molécule unique, et sont reposent principalement sur l’utilisation de nanopores. Une telle technologie rendrait possible l’étude du taux d’agrégation et la cinétique d’échantillons hétérogènes d’amyloïdes présents dans le liquide cérébro-spinal et le sang en périphérie. Il sera alors possible d’utiliser ces informations pour diagnostiquer le plus tôt possible les maladies amyloïdogènes et effectuer un suivi thérapeutique.

    Domaine d'activités :

    • Organiser l’inventaire de l’équipement et des consommables du laboratoire
    • Maintenir en fonction les différents équipements du laboratoire
    • Aider pour la préparation des réactifs et des solutions
    • Superviser les protocoles généraux de sécurité et de pratiques dans un laboratoire possédant des équipements électriques, optiques et chimiques

    Exigences :

    • Vous possédez un CFC de laborantin/e en biochimie, chimie, (bio) physique ou similaire.
    • Vous connaissez les principales techniques de laboratoires actuelles et désirez apprendre de nouvelles méthodes et techniques.
    • Vous êtes très motivé/e, appréciez de résoudre les problèmes techniques ou expérimentaux et pouvez travailler de façon indépendante.
    • Vous disposez d’un bon sens de l’organisation et avez envie de travailler dans un environnement multinational.
    • Vous êtes intéressé/e par les sciences et désirez contribuer aux projets scientifiques du groupe.
    • Une expérience en design graphique serait un plus significatif mais n’est pas requis.
    • Une connaissance des langues française et anglaise est requise, la compréhension de l’allemand est un plus.

    Entrée en fonction :

    1er septembre 2017 ou date à convenir

  • 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".