Open positions

  • Postdoc Position in Self-Assembled Photonic Particles

    The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Bio-Inspired Materials at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland invites applications for a Postdoc Position in Self-Assembled Photonic Particles, jointly supervised by Prof. Ullrich Steiner and Prof. Christoph Weder.

    The goal of this project is the generation of well-defined photonic particles by supramolecular block copolymer assemblies with potential application in displays, paints and coatings. The project includes solution processing and characterization of the polymeric particles using optical microscopy and spectroscopy as well as scanning electron microscopy.

    The successful applicant will hold a PhD in chemistry, materials science, physics, or a related field preferably with a focus on polymer science. The candidate should wish to pursue research involving the fundamental mechanisms of polymer self-assembly and should have excellent communication skills in English (both written and oral).

    The NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials is an internationally recognized hub for smart materials research, education, and innovation. Its home institution is the University of Fribourg, with the Federal Institutes of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and Zurich (ETHZ) joining as participating institutions. Its operations team is based the Adolphe Merkle Institute, an interdisciplinary and independent center at the University of Fribourg that focuses on research and education in the domain of soft nanomaterials. The NCCR offers highly competitive working conditions, an outstanding infrastructure and a competitive salary.

    Please email your application to including your CV, a cover letter, and contact information of (at least) two references with the subject title “Postdoc Position in Self-Assembled Photonic Particles”. Review of applications will begin immediately upon receipt of complete application materials. The call remains open until a suitable candidate has been selected.

  • Open call: WINS Fellowship for female researchers

    Are you a female researcher searching for a postdoctoral fellowship in a top-level research group in the field of Materials Science (Chemistry, Biology or Physics) in Switzerland? Then read on:

    The Research Fellowship for Women in Science of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Bio-Inspired Materials seeks to support the professional development of outstanding female researchers who have already demonstrated excellence at an early stage of their careers and wish to pursue an academic career.

    The fellowship supports the residency of a researcher in the laboratory of one of the research groups (at ETHZ, EPFL or University of Fribourg) of the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials for 24 months. The grant is designed to fund original research ideas of the applicants and to leverage impact through integration within the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials and its international network. While being fully integrated in the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials, the fellows have the possibility to apply to all other NCCR programs, grants and support actions for NCCR members (such the pregnancy support grant, the independence grant, and others).

    The deadline for application is January 31, 2022 and one fellowship will be awarded in this call on a competitive basis. Candidates will be selected based on their track record as a researcher, their potential to grow into academic leaders, the quality and originality of the project proposal, the match of the proposal with the overall theme of the NCCR Bio-inspired Materials, the feasibility of the proposed project in the host laboratory, and the anticipated synergies that arise from the integration into the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials. Short listed candidates will be invited to give a talk which will be followed by an interview.

    To apply and for further information concerning the Research Fellowship Program for Women in Science of the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials, please visit our webpage or contact the NCCR coordinator at