Open positions

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  • Postdoc in Polymer Chemistry - Position available from June 1st, 2019

    The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) for Bio-Inspired Materials ( is an internationally recognized hub for paradigm-shifting research, innovation, and education in the domain of “smart” materials whose function and design are inspired by Nature. Transcending traditional disciplines, the center integrates the research activities of research groups from the University of Fribourg’s Adolphe Merkle Institute, its departments of chemistry, medicine, and physics, and partners at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich and Lausanne.

    To complete the research team of the NCCR at the Adolphe Merkle Institute, we are seeking a

    Postdoc in Polymer Chemistry [Job code: NB-NCCR-Mod4]

    The postdoc (f/m) will work under the supervision of Prof. Nico Bruns and co-supervision of Prof. Alke Fink (Adolphe Merkle Institute), Prof. Harm-Anton Klok (EPFL) and Prof. Andreas Kilbinger (Department of Chemistry, University of Fribourg) on the synthesis and self-assembly of block copolymer vesicles and their use as protein delivery vehicles. The project is part of a major interdisciplinary project to develop organoids on a chip, and intense collaboration with other team members in the NCCR is expected.   

    Applicants must hold a PhD degree in Chemistry or Polymer Science. Excellent skills in the domain of block copolymer synthesis by controlled radical polymerizations, and in the domain of block copolymer self-assembly are expected. Experience in the development of drug delivery systems 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 polymer chemistry, cell biology, and microsystems engineering, as well as excellent working conditions, a competitive salary, and outstanding career prospects. The position will start on 1.6.2019 and is initially funded for 12 months, with the possibility for an extension up to a total of 3 years.

    Please send your complete documentation (reference NB-NCCR-Mod4; including letter of motivation, CV, list of publications, copies of pertinent certificates, and contact details of two academic references) until 15.03.2019 to:, stating the job-ID in the subject line. For additional information about the position, please contact Prof. Nico Bruns: or


  • Postdoc position in materials and cancer research - Position available from June 1st, 2019

    We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc for an ambitious project in a strongly interdisciplinary and interactive environment combining microchips, bio-inspired nanomaterials, molecular biology and cell biology. The project aims at developing a breast cancer organoid model using a new versatile microfluidic culture and material delivery platform to investigate tumor cell-immune cell interactions and identify new candidate therapeutic targets. Pre-requisites include:

    • Outstanding record in cancer cellular and molecular biology; and / or bio-inspired materials;
    • Independent, inter- and multidisciplinary thinking & work attitude with strong motivation and interest to join 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 within the NCCR program of excellence in bio-inspired materials ( based at the Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI), Faculty of Science and Medicine of the University of Fribourg ( We offer a cutting-edge environment and facilities, excellent working conditions, an international academic environment, and strong interactions. English is our working language.

    Please send your complete documentation including letter of motivation, CV, copies of pertinent certificates, and contact details of two references by April 14, 2019, by email to Mrs Myriam Marano (, Administrative Assistant, Management, Adolphe Merkle Institute, Fribourg, Switzerland. For informal questions please contact Prof. Curzio Rüegg ( or Prof. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser (, Faculty of Science and Medicine, University of Fribourg.