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SNF Eccellenza 2021 call

The Dept. of Biology welcomes applications for SNF Eccellenza professorial fellowship support for the 2021 call. Please send your applications as a single pdf to In a two-step process candidates that fit to the research lines of the department will be selected. Potential candidates will be invited to a mini-symposium to be held November 24th 2020. Candidates to be supported will be contacted after the symposium.


  • 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 

  • 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


  • Weisskopf lab: PhD position on biological control of plant diseases

     Designing novel, bacteria-based crop protection strategies to lower reliance on synthetic fungicides


    A PhD student position is available at the Department of Biology of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, for a motivated young researcher with an interest in using plant-associated bacteria for sustainable crop protection. Control of plant diseases such as potato late blight greatly relies on the repeated use of chemical fungicides in conventional farming and copper-based fungicides in organic farming. Due to the health and environmental risks associated with these products, the need to develop disease management strategies with reduced dependency on fungicide use is urgent. We have previously assembled a collection of potato-associated Pseudomonas bacteria showing antagonistic activity against late blight’s causative agent P. infestans. Our aim is now to find the best way to integrate these biocontrol agents into novel disease management strategies. The efficacy of single and mixed strains alone or in combination with other plant protection products of proven efficacy will be assessed in laboratory, greenhouse and field experiments, with the ultimate aim to provide consistent plant protection at lower environmental cost. The mechanism of actions underlying particularly efficient treatment modalities will be investigated using state-of-the-art phytopathology and molecular biology techniques. Field experiments will be performed in collaboration with Agroscope. The PhD student will be co-supervised by Dr. Mout De Vrieze, Prof. Laure Weisskopf (UNIFR, microbiology) and Dr. Brice Dupuis (Agroscope, phytopathology).



    Candidates should hold a degree comparable to a Swiss University M.Sc. in Biology or Agricultural Sciences. The candidate should have a strong background in plant science, preferably in phytopathology and/or microbiology, and be interested in developing practical solutions to improve the sustainability of food production. Previous experience with microorganism-based biocontrol products will be an asset, as well as expertise in plant-microbe interactions and knowledge of French and/or German.


    We offer

    i) an interdisciplinary research project of high societal relevance in a stimulating, international scientific environment, ii) a graduate education provided by the FGLS (Fribourg Graduate School of Life Sciences) with a wide offer of scientific and transferable skill courses in Fribourg and neighboring Universities, iii) a four-year fellowship with a salary based on SNF standards (



    Please send your CV, letter of motivation and contact information of two referees in a single pdf file via email to Dr. Mout De Vrieze (



    The position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found (planned start: September 2020).