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

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 ( ). 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 

Blanchoud Lab

  • Post-Doctoral Position in comparative genomics

    The Blanchoud lab (University of Fribourg) and the Tiozzo lab (CNRS, Sorbonne University) are offering one year SNF funded post-doc position on a project that aims to survey horizontal gene transfers in Tunicates, the sister group of vertebrates.

    In particular, the candidate will perform a coherent and integrated analysis of all currently available genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data to estimate the extent of functional foreign genetic material and their potential role in these marine chordates.


    Your profile

     We are looking for a highly motivated bioinformatician with the following qualifications:

    - PhD degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, or a related field

    - Strong experience in the development of bioinformatic analysis workflows

    - Proficiency in suitable programming languages (e.g. Python, R)

    - Familiarity with HPC systems

    - Background in evolutionary biology and/or biochemistry would be a plus but is not required


    Starting date

    The successful candidate will start at the latest by February 15th 2020, for a duration of 12 months. The project will be mainly held in Fribourg (Switzerland). However, short-term mobility to Villefranche-sur-Mer (France) will be considered.

    Please submit your letter of interest, CV, references, and a relevant sample of code by email to Simon Blanchoud ( and/or Stefano Tiozzo (


  • Animal facility manager at 30%

    Your mission

    I'm hiring an animal facility manager for 1.5 days a week, starting early this yeat, for a duration to be determined with the candidate but preferably for at least one whole year.

    Our lab has the first and currently only in-land animal facility for colonial ascidians. We are studying these marine organisms, our closest invertebrate relatives, for their exceptional regenerative capacity.

    We have been breeding colonial ascidians in our custom made aquarium for over 18 months. I am thus now looking for a technician that could take over the maintenance of this system and monitor the well-being of our favorite animals. Because our facility is a prototype, the candidate will likely have the opportunity to optimize it.

    The candidate will be our animal facility manager, working as an animal caretaker, with duties including:

    - Breeding, organizing, feeding and cleaning the animals

    - Standardization and optimization of the animal facility

    - Maintenance and monitoring of the aquarium system

    Your profile

    Prior experience with aquatic organisms is a plus but not required.


    Want to know more about our work? Interested in joining the only in-land lab studying this amazing topic? Please, contact me (Simon Blanchoud or +41 26 300 88 03) or pay us a visit (PER04 0.102, Department of Biology, University of Fribourg, Chemin du Musée 10, CH-1700 Fribourg)!