Open positions

  • WINS Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Open call until April 3, 2023: Apply to this program to obtain a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship and work on your own research ideas hosted by one of the research groups of our center. The fellowship covers salary, consumables and travel expenses.  Open only to female researchers. All the information can be found HERE.

  • Electron microscopy technician (80-100%)

    Electron Microscopy is a widely used institutional method and a hub for research groups from the departments of chemistry, biology, medicine, physics, earth sciences, and the Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg, as well as departments of external academic and industrial partners, including the NCCR Bio-inspired Materials. You will join the Microscopy Platform team at the Adolphe Merkle Institute (, and assist in the daily operation of a multiuser facility.

    The tasks include:

    • Conducting experiments with researchers and students;
    • Preparing samples of a variety of biological and non-biological specimens using standard protocols and ultramicrotomy techniques;
    • Operating and maintaining the facility's sample preparation equipment and performing transmission electron microscopy;
    • Training of users;
    • Maintenance of laboratory supplies and inventory;
    • CryoTEM experience is definitely a big plus.

    The facility's equipment includes a transmission electron microscope (Tecnai Spirit with CryoTEM mount and tomography capabilities), a scanning electron microscope (Tescan Mira FEG SEM), and a Focused Ion Beam SEM (ThermoFischer Scios 2). The latter two instruments are equipped with an EDX. In addition, the platform has access to a fully equipped microtome laboratory (Leica microtomes, diatometers). The position offers the opportunity to become familiar with many advanced instruments, and to work on a variety of different sample types and scientific projects.

    You will be joining a team of enthusiastic scientists who creatively pursue their research agenda using the cluster's innovative approach and support. Other advantages include:

    • Excellent research facilities;
    • Flexible working conditions;
    • International environment with English as the working language;
    • Start date: To be discussed.

    Application Procedure:

    Please email your application to including your CV, a cover letter, and contact information of (at least) two references with the subject title “Electron microscopy technician”.

  • Atomic force microscopy technician (50%)

    The NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials is seeking applications for an atomic force microscopy technician (50%). This position would involve organizing and supporting AFM measurements of a wide range of biological and material samples using the AFM system at the Adolphe Merkle Institute (University of Fribourg). The person will be responsible for keeping the microscopes up-to-date and, when needed, organize repairs or maintenance with the manufacturer.


    Duties and responsibilities

    Support AFM experiments, measurements and analysis

    Training of users

    Planning and organization of repairs and maintenance



    Experience with AFM operation (ideally with a wide range of samples)

    Willingness to take responsibility

    Satisfactory knowledge of English


    What we offer

    Our work environment is a typical academic setting with intrinsically motivated, international researchers. You work in a highly motivated team and your work serves a very meaningful purpose. We offer a great workplace and a promising opportunity to learn and share knowledge in a highly flexible environment. We are looking for a team player who values direct communication and is willing to go the extra mile when needed.


    Type of contract

    Fixed-term employment contract until May 2026.


    Start date

    As soon as possible / to be discussed.


    Application Procedure

    Please email your questions and application to with your CV, a cover letter, and contact information of two references with the subject title “Atomic force microscopy technician”.