Professor Position in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

The Faculty of Science (which will be renamed as Faculty of Science and Medicine in 2018) of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, announces the opening of a position of Professor in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.

Official announcement : download the pdf file

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General conditions
Application procedure
Academic environment
Clinical environment
Infrastructure, positions and funding


General conditions

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The successful candidate should possess a doctoral degree (MD or MD/PhD) and have clinical training as Specialist of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, with documented research in the field.
Preference will be given to candidates with a “habilitation” degree (or equivalent experience).

The future professor is expected to play a key role in the development of a full curriculum of Master of Medicine (with an emphasis on family medicine). This master is a collaborative programme between the University of Fribourg, the Fribourg Hospital (HFR), the Mental Health Network of Fribourg (RFSM), and regional general practitioners.
The first cohort of students will start in September 2019. Therefore, the curriculum committee (in which the Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy will participate) will have two years to prepare and develop the programme.

The future professor will also collaborate, within the actual educational programme at Bachelor level, with the professor already in charge for psychiatry and psychotherapy (psychiatric neurosciences and psychotherapy). This collaboration will assure a continuity of the education between Bachelor and Master levels. The actual Bachelor programme, also strongly supported by colleagues of the RFSM, consists of:
First and second year of Behavioural Medicine which provides basic knowledge in medical psychology and provides clinical skills training in the interaction between the medical practitioner and the patient as well as in medical history assessment. During the third year at the bachelor level, psychiatric examination and general psychopathology as well as basics of bio-psycho-social treatment of psychiatric disorders are taught and also trained with standardized patients.

In addition, he or she will develop an academic research programme in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, supported by external funds. The research topic will depend on the academic expertise of the candidate. Given the different interests of the research teams in Fribourg (psychiatry and psychotherapy, fundamental, cognitive, behavioural, affective and clinical neurosciences, sleep, addictions...), synergies within the Faculty of Science, the Department of Psychology and the hospitals will be encouraged. The future professor will also supervise Master theses, Doctorates of Medicine (MD) and PhD programmes, and participate in the general encouragement of upcoming scientists and academics.

The Position is foreseen at 75% of professorship associated with a part-time (25%) engagement as a senior clinical psychiatrist within the RFSM. The future professor could occupy a position, within the RFSM, as the academic responsible for teaching and research. He will be one of the senior physicians in the adult sector and will also have the opportunity to consult if so desired.
The starting date is set for beginning 2019, whereas the Master programme will start in autumn 2019.

Seeking to promote an equitable representation of women and men, the University strongly encourages applications from women.


Application procedure

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Hard copies of the following documents should be forwarded to the mailing address below:



a cover letter mentioning the position for which the candidate is applying (Full Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy)
a complete curriculum vitae
a complete list of publications (highlighting specifically the 5 most important contributions)
a detailed record of teaching experience
a record of past and present funding
a 1-2 page description of the research which the candidate intends to carry out in Fribourg
the names and addresses (postal and e-mail) of three persons who could be contacted as referees

Deadline: the applications have to reach the Dean's office before
October 31st, 2017

Prof. Christian Bochet
Dean of the Faculty of Sciences
University of Fribourg
Chemin du Musée 8

Please also send an electronic version of the application and PDFs of the 5 most relevant publications to the Faculty Administrator at the Dean's Office (


Academic environment

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Faculty and Departments
Study programmes
Research focus


Faculty and Departments


The Department of Medicine of the Faculty of Science currently hosts 20 professors distributed into four teaching domains, namely Morphological Sciences, Physiology, Sport Science and Clinical Medicine (Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Cardiology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Psychiatry and Medical Humanities). Clinical teaching is ensured in collaboration with the HFR and the RFSM.
For the implementation of the Master of Medicine, 12 additional professor positions (Family Medicine, Medical Education, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Community Medicine and Public Health, Internal Medicine/Chronic Diseases, Internal Medicine/Therapeutic Education, Surgery, Orthopaedics, Gynaecology-Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Geriatrics and Emergency Medicine) are currently under opening. Teaching forces in many other domains will be provided by the Chief Physicians of the HFR and RFSM.
The Department of Medicine is led by a president who is elected for 2 years amongst the professors of the Department. Major decisions are taken by the Department Council, which includes the teaching staff and student representatives. Starting in 2018, Medicine will be a Section within the Faculty of Science and Medicine, and will count 5 departments. The professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy will join the department of Community Medicine and participate in the Institute of Family Medicine.

Study programmes


The future section of Medicine offers three three-year Bachelor degree curricula:

  • BMed in Human Medicine
  • BSc in Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc in Sport Science and Motor Control
In addition, two 1.5-year Master Programmes are offered:
  • MSc in Sport Science and Motor Control
  • MSc in Experimental Biomedical Research
Additionally, a joint Master programme in Biomedical Sciences is offered by the Universities of Fribourg and Berne. Starting in September 2019, the new Master of Medicine will prepare 40 medical students for the Swiss Federal medical exams and will be characterized by a strong interest in Family Medicine.

Principles of the Master of Medicine: The Plan of the Master of Medicine is presented in the Message au Grand Conseil / Botschaft an den Grossen Rat. The future professors will have to be able to develop their research environment together with the other clinical professors, the rest of the Department of Medicine, and the Fribourg general hospital. As mentioned in “concept of the teaching” in the plan, the Master of Medicine should rely on outcome-based education (where teaching formats and learning outcomes are aligned) and acquisition of competences (Entrustable Professional Activities/EPA).
The major purpose of the programme is to favour clinical competences, communication abilities, economic and ethical thinking, as well as evidence-based medicine.

The postgraduate education at the Department of Medicine is offered within the framework of a "doctoral school" (together with the Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, Bern and Basel) that runs a joint programme of invited lectures and summer schools for graduate students (the "Troisième Cycle Romand" programme). A special programme for training in neurosciences in collaboration with the University of Bern is also offered.

The three sectors of the RFSM are recognized as establishments for post-graduate training in psychiatry and psychotherapy for adults, older persons, and for children and adolescents, according to the criteria of the FMH.

Research focus


Research currently conducted in the Department of Medicine embraces a variety of topics, mostly concentrated in 4 clusters of research: (i) oncology, immunology and microbiology; (ii) neuroscience; (iii) cardiovascular, metabolism and endocrinology; and (iv) medical humanities.
Please find further information on present state and planned future developments in the Department of Medicine in the «Strategic plan» and in the Scientific report». We expect that, with the arrival of the new clinical professors in 2019, the section of medicine will develop clinical research, also in collaboration with the HFR and the RFSM.




The University of Fribourg is bilingual. Lectures at the Bachelor level – as well as at the level of the Master of Medicine – are given in French or in German. Students are expected to understand both languages, but can take their exams in either language. Master of Science and PhD programmes are taught mainly in English. Candidates are expected to have a working knowledge of all three languages or be willing to acquire such knowledge within a short time. They should be able to give lectures in French and/or German.


Clinical environment

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The RFSM is an autonomous establishment governed by public law which is organized in three sectors: child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. Each sector offers psychiatric and psychotherapeutic care for general and specialized psychiatry, e.g. addiction disorders, mood disorders, initial psychotic episodes. The hospital in Marsens consists of 170 inpatient beds and the partial hospital, with 35 places for the German-speaking population, and a bilingual crisis unit which will move next to the HFR in the city of Fribourg in 2018. Several outpatient centres throughout the canton offer general and specialized consultations. The future professor will have the opportunity to join the leading team of the RFSM, according to her/his clinical specialization. The existing collaboration with the colleagues of the RFSM for the educational programme of the Bachelor and research activities will be extended to the Master Level to assure an optimal clinical formation of the students.


Infrastructure, positions and funding

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Rooms and facilities

The Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and his research Unit will share his location between the University and the new site of the RFSM in Fribourg, next to the Hôpital cantonal (HFR).


The University’s computer service supplies all Departmental members (academic and technical staff) with state-of-the-art PCs or Macs and appropriate office, reference, statistical and graphics software. Specific research software is considered for research facilities.



The new Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy will receive the following dotation:

  • 75% MER (maître d’enseignement et de recherche) according to budget
  • 75% Médecin assistant according to budget
  • access to the study nurse pool of the Master of Medicine (up to an equivalent of 75%)
  • access to the secretary pool of the Master of Medicine
A 100% IT specialist is at the service of the MMed programme (professors, office of studies).


Financial support

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Set-up funding

  • Installation credit for research activities, according to the needs, the usual amounts of the Faculty and the resources available
  • Resources for computing material will be at the new professor’s disposal

Running expenses

  • Participation in the annual credits (operational, equipment, informatics, library)
  • Separate credits for teaching activities



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For further information, please contact
Prof. Marco C. G. Merlo:, phone +41 26 300 9431

University of Fribourg  •   Faculty of science  •   Ch. du Musée 8  •   CH-1700 Fribourg  •  
tél +41 26 / 300 8111  •   fax +41 26 / 300 9729  •   sciences [at]  •   Swiss University