Open Positions

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If there is no open positions available in the group you would like to work in, do not hesitate to send unsolicited application directly to the group leader. 

Dengjel Lab

  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Disease Proteomics and Protein Homeostasis

    The Dengjel Lab at the Department of Biology, University of Fribourg is interested in skin biology and protein homeostasis. We characterize molecular pathways critical for wound healing and study
    the function of small molecules to promote wound healing of chronic wounds. To study pathophysiological processes and the role of the cellular microenvironment in wound healing, we employ cell culture models, protein biochemistry and mass spectrometry-based proteomics.
    We look for a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in the areas outlined above as demonstrated by first author papers and expect applicants to be motivated and interested in interdisciplinary research subjects. Excellent communication skills in English are of benefit.


    We offer

    • A stimulating, interdisciplinary scientific environment
    • State-of-the-art central facilities for proteomics, imaging and bioinformatics analyses
    • A two years postdoctoral position with competitive Swiss salary (CHF 80`000 per year), potentially extendable

     

    The starting date for this position is earliest January 1st, 2019. Interested candidates should send a SINGLE PDF application including a CV, a brief statement of their research interests, a copy
    of their PhD diploma, and names of three referees by email to joern.dengjel@unifr.ch

Vanni Lab

  • PhD and Postdoctoral Opportunities in Computational Biophysics and Biochemistry of Membranes

    Several PhD and one postdoc positions are available in our newly-established Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.

    Your mission

    Our group develops and applies computer simulations to investigate how the molecular properties of proteins, lipids and membranes modulate cellular processes. We combine these in silico investigations with biochemical and biophysical approaches to understand key biological mechanisms with atomistic molecular resolution. Please check our group webpage for more information.

    Currently, we have openings in the following research areas:

    • Intracellular lipid and fat accumulation
    • Protein-membrane interactions
    • Force field development
    • Nanoparticles-membrane interactions

    Your profile

    We are looking for highly motivated, team-oriented independent thinkers. For the postdoc position, the applicant should have a PhD in physics, chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysics, engineering or a related subject. The applicant should have a background in molecular dynamics simulations or computational chemistry. Previous experience in combining simulations with NMR experiments OR in simulations of materials/nanoparticles are a plus. For the PhD positions, the applicant should have a Master Degree in physics, chemistry, biology, bioinformatics, computer science, engineering or a related subject. Computer literacy and previous experience with molecular simulations, as well as good communication skills and proficiency in English are a plus. In general, any previous specific knowledge is less important than strong motivation, enthusiasm for scientific research, problem-solving skills, and possibly a track-record of individual and team accomplishments.

    We offer

    The positions are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and by the NCCR in Bio-Inspired Materials . We offer a stimulating, friendly and interdisciplinary work environment, with excellent working conditions (salary, resources, …) and frontier research projects. The Department of Biology of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) gathers very dynamic researchers with a strong commitment toward innovation and excellence in science. It offers a stimulating and supportive environment, with an open-minded atmosphere ideal to foster synergies.

    The selected candidates will also have the opportunity to interact extensively with members of the Department of Chemistry and of the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg, with whom collaborations are ongoing. In addition, they will also benefit from strong international collaborations with outstanding experimental labs in the fields of membrane biology, soft matter and nanomaterials. The successful PhD candidates will enrol in the Fribourg Graduate School of Life Sciences (FGLS) providing high-quality education opportunities to complement the laboratory training. It will also benefit from the close proximity to the CECAM headquarters in Lausanne, where multiple workshops and schools in computational science are held every year (https://www.cecam.org ). PhD positions are fully funded for 3 years, with a possible 1-year extension. In addition, PhD students will have the possibility to apply to generous international postdoctoral fellowship from the SNF after completion of their PhD. Initial gross annual salary for PhD students will be 47,040 CHF (~ 47,000 $). The postdoc position is fully funded for 2 years, with a possible 2-years extension. In addition, the postdoc will have the possibility to apply to prestigious and generous fellowships from the SNF to start an independent career after completion of their postdoctoral fellowship. Initial gross annual salary for Postdocs will be 65,000 CHF (~ 65,000 $).

     

    Please send your application, including short cover letter (explaining background and motivation) and a complete CV via e-mail to Stefano Vanni

     

Schneiter Lab

  • Postdoc and PhD position available in the study of biogenesis of lipid droplets

    Your mission

    We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher and a PhD student to study the biogenesis of lipid droplets using Baker's yeast as a genetic model organism. Techniques employed include live cell confocal microscopy, subcellular fractionation, and mass spectrometry. recent publication on the topic

    Your profile

    We are looking for highly motivated candidates with an excellent background in cell biology. Additional experience in yeast genetics or lipid biochemistry would be an asset.

    Starting date

    The positions are available immediately for the duration of at least 4-5 years. For further information please contact the group leader: Roger Schneiter 

Silvestro Lab

  • PhD in Evolutionary biology

    Description

    • We are offering a fully funded PhD position in evolutionary biology, with a focus on modeling evolutionary processes using fossil and phylogenetic data.
    • The specifics of the PhD project will be defined together with the PhD candidate based on their interests and skills and on the fit within the overall scope of the research in the lab.
    • The successful PhD candidate will enroll in the Fribourg Graduate School of Life Sciences (FGLS) and have access to the CUSO Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution (DPEE) providing high-quality education opportunities to complement the laboratory training.
    • PhD positions are fully funded for 3 years, with a possible 1-year extension.
    • In addition, PhD students will have the possibility to apply to generous international postdoctoral fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation after completion of their PhD.

    For more information:

    Silvestro group

    Research groups in Ecology and Evolution

    Research groups in Bioinformatics

    Department of Biology

     Your Mission

    • The PhD candidate will be offered ample opportunities to learn new methods in computational biology, theory and practice in Bayesian analysis, and machine learning.
    • Additionally, through a wide international network of collaborations already established in the lab, they will have the opportunity to travel and learn from world-leading experts in paleontology, phylogenetics, and geology

    Requirements

    The successful candidate will be:

    • Highly motivated to pursue their research project
    • Willing to learn new methods and at least one programming language
    • The working language is English and the ability to communicate and write in English is a requirement.
    • The bilingual setting in Fribourg will offer the possibility for the candidate to learn French and German, if they are interested.

    Starting date

    Immediately

    Additional information
    Daniele Silvestro
    T: +41 26 300 88 57
    daniele.silvestro@unifr.ch
    W: www3.unifr.ch/bio/en/

    Deadline
    30.04.2020

    Application
    daniele.silvestro@unifr.chShort cover letter (1-2 pages) explaining background, motivation, research interests
    A complete CV (including any publications, pre-prints, or manuscripts, if applicable)
    Contact information for 2-3 referees who may be contacted during the evaluation of the applicant
    Applications will be evaluated by a committee and shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview (by Skype or in person).

  • Postdoc in Computational paleobiology

    Description

    • The positions are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. We offer a stimulating, friendly and interdisciplinary work environment, with excellent working conditions and a very wide international network of collaborators. Funding will also be available for travel and research visits in research institutions abroad. The postdoc will also have the possibility to co-supervise a PhD project in the lab.
    • The Department of Biology of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) gathers very dynamic and diverse researchers with a strong commitment toward innovation and excellence in science. It offers a stimulating and international environment, with an open-minded atmosphere ideal to foster synergies.
    • The Postdoc position is fully funded for 2 years with a possibility for an extension. In addition, the postdoc will have the possibility to apply to prestigious and generous fellowships from the SNF to start an independent career after completion of their postdoctoral fellowship.

    For more information:

    Silvestro group

    Research groups in Ecology and Evolution

    Research groups in Bioinformatics

    Department of Biology

    Your mission

    • We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in computer science or computational biology/geology to develop new methods to analyze large paleo-biological data sets.
    • The postdoc will have access to large fossil datasets and time series from past and ongoing drilling projects and will use them to make inferences about evolutionary processes.
    • Their research will focus on implementing new models to date the fossil record based on biostratigraphy using Bayesian and/or machine learning algorithms.
    • The details of the projects will be developed together with the postdoc based on their interests and skills.

    Requirements

    • PhD in Computer Science, Biology, or Earth Sciences
    • Excellent ability to communicate and write in English
    • Demonstrated ability to program in Python or R
    • Experience with Bayesian methods and/or machine learning algorithms
    • Strong publication record
    Additional desirable skills:
    • Experience in other programming languages such as C/C++
    • Knowledge in the fields of macro-evolutionary biology, geology, paleontology, biostratigraphy

    Starting date

    Immediately

    Additional information
    Daniele Silvestro
    T: +41 26 300 88 57
    daniele.silvestro@unifr.ch
    W: www3.unifr.ch/bio/en/

    Deadline
    30.04.2020

    Applications
    daniele.silvestro@unifr.chShort cover letter (1-2 pages) explaining background, motivation, research interests
    A complete CV (including any publications, pre-prints, or manuscripts, if applicable)
    Contact information for 2-3 referees who may be contacted during the evaluation of the applicant
    Applications will be evaluated by a committee and shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview (by Skype or in person).