PhD and Postdoctoral Opportunities in Computational Biophysics of Membranes

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PhD and Postdoctoral Opportunities in Computational Biophysics of Membranes


University of Fribourg



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2 years, with a possible 2-years extension

Job description

Several PhD and one postdoc positions are available in the newly-established Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. The positions are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and by the NCCR in Bio-Inspired Materials.

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 website 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

What we offer

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 $).

Profile requirements

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.

Please send your application to

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