Associate Professor position in Immunology

The Faculty of Science of the University of Fribourg/Switzerland announces the opening of an associate professor position in Immunology

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General conditions
Application procedure
Academic environment
Clinical environment
Financial support


General conditions

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The department of Medicine in the faculty of Science includes a three year-Bachelor education program in Medicine and Biomedical Science, a specialized master program in experimental biomedical research and a complete curriculum in sport sciences. Moreover, the University and the Canton decided to introduce a Master of Human Medicine, starting in 2019.

The successful candidate should be MD, MD/PhD or PhD. She/He is expected to establish an independently funded research program, as well as to teach students in the field of immunology. He/She should have good experience in the teaching of immunology and an excellent publication record in domains pertaining to either experimental or clinical immunology/allergology. All aspects of immunology will be welcome such as fundamental immunology or immuno-virology. The successful candidate will be free to pursue his/her own choice of research topics which are not necessarily related to those already established in the Department of Medicine. Interactions are nevertheless encouraged with research groups within the Department of Medicine working in the areas of neuroscience, cardiovascular, and metabolism research, as well as cancer, immunology, and microbiology and with the Fribourg hospital.

Certain biologically and medically oriented projects are also conducted at the Adolphe Merkle Institute ( that focuses on fundamental and application-oriented nanoscience. Active participation within the National Competence Center in Research on Bio-Inspired Materials ( is encouraged.

Concerning teaching, she/he is expected to teach students in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences and Experimental Biomedical Research.

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 (Associate Professor of Immunology)
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 pages description of the research, which the candidate intends to carry out in Fribourg

Deadline: the applications have to reach the Dean's office before
April 20th, 2017

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

Please send also an electronic version of the application and pdf versions of the 5 most relevant publications to the Deans office to


Academic environment

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Teaching, languages
Administrative structure
Research focus


Teaching, languages

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Study programmes

In accordance with the Bologna Declaration of 1999, the Faculty of Science adopted the bachelor’s / Master’s Degree curriculum in 2004.

The Department of Medicine offers three 3-year Bachelor’s Degree curricula: BMed in Human Medicine, BSc in Biomedical Sciences and BSc in Sport Science and Motor Control. In addition, two 1.5-year Master’s Degree curricula are offered: MSc in Sport Science and Motor Control, Specialized MSc in Experimental Biomedical Research. Also offered are two-year courses in Dental Medicine, which contributes to a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Medicine delivered by another Swiss university. The neighbour Department of Biology offers a BSc in Biology, a BSc in Biochemistry, as well as a MSc in Biology with four options (Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology, Ecology & Evolution and Plant-Microbe Interactions) and a MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in a joint programme with the University of Bern (see

A Master’s Degree programme: MSc in Biomedical Sciences is offered conjointly by the Universities of Fribourg and Bern. Most of the courses pertaining to this programme are conducted in Bern, but the thesis projects can be executed in the laboratories of either host. Finally, the University and the Health Department of the canton Fribourg will start a Master of Human Medicine in 2019.

Further education at the postgraduate level is offered within the "Doctoral School" comprising the universities of Fribourg, Neuchâtel, Lausanne, Geneva and Basel which together run joint lectures and summer schools ("Troisième Cycle" programme). A special training programme in Neurosciences is conjointly offered by the universities of Fribourg and Bern. Our department is a partner participating in the National Competence Center of Research-Kidney of Switzerland (NCCR-Kidney.CH). A doctoral school in the field of immunology is also offered together with the University of Bern and Tessin.

Concerning the actual program of immunology teaching in Human Medicine and studies of Biomedical Sciences, courses take place during the fall and spring semesters. At present, the field of immunology is covered by several members of the Department of Medicine and external teachers; it is expected that the new professor will elaborate of new concept of teaching in the field of immunology. At moment, different methodologies of the course are used: theoretical courses which are represented by highest number of hours, integrative and exercising courses, and for students of Humane Medicine also Problem-Based-Learning and e-learning methodologies.


Candidates should be able to communicate in French or German as well as in English.

The University of Fribourg is bilingual and teaching for students at the Bachelor level is in French or German. Students can choose to take their exams in either language. Master and PhD classes 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 few years. They must be able to teach in French and/or German as well as in English.


Administrative structures

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The Faculty of Science is comprised of seven departments (Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Geosciences, Biology and Medicine) and one Institute (AM-Institute for Soft Nano- and Material Science). (see

The Department of Medicine hosts four teaching domains, namely Morphological Sciences (4 professors), Physiology (4 professors), Sport Science (2 professors) and Clinical Medicine (9 professors); in collaboration with the Hospital of Fribourg, with teaching focus on the third-year program of Human Medicine. The nine professors of the clinical medicine teaching domain cover the following areas: Microbiology, Pathology, Cardiology, Neurology, Pharmacology, Endocrinology, Psychiatry and Medical Humanities. If the Master of Medicine is implemented, 8 additional full time or part time clinical positions (including Family Medicine and Medical Pedagogy) will be opened in the next 3 years.

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 comprises the teaching staff and student representatives.


Research focus

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Research activities conducted in the Department of Medicine embrace a variety of topics, mostly concentrated on 3 clusters of research: (i) cancer, immunology, inflammation and microbiology; (ii) neuroscience; (iii) cardiovascular, metabolism and endocrinology. The presently advertised position will be affiliated to the cluster of cancer, immunology, inflammation and microbiology.

Please find further information on present state and planned future developments in the Department of Medicine in the «Strategic plan» and Scientific report».



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The laboratories of the Professor in Immunology will be located in the environment of the Department of Medicine (to be defined also based on possible interactions with existing groups). He/She will have ready access to the common equipment of the Department of Medicine and direct opportunities to share the equipment of other departments in the Faculty of Science, as well as research platforms (microscopy, animal facility, bioinformatics, etc).

Instruments and equipment available for the Pharmacology (in part shared with other groups):

Cell culture rooms and equipment (BSL2), flow cytometry, FACS sorter, Phosphoimaging, multiple plate readers with injectors, qPCR, cryotome, fluorescence microscopy, histology station, autoclaves and washing station, SPF mouse facility

Computers: The University’s computer service furnishes all Departmental members (academic and technical staff) with state-of-the-art PCs and Macs and appropriate software.

On-site store: Services associated with laboratory activities are also offered (chemical disposal, security, gas supply and recuperation, liquid nitrogen, etc.). Laboratory and office space are available. There are animal facilities for mice, rats and potentially other species to be shared with colleagues of the Department.

The Biology and Medicine Departments also host a state-of-the art Light Microscopy Facility including fluorescence, confocal, and spinning disk microscopes, which is maintained by a common platform manager. Access to other experimental infrastructure of the FriMat network, and the instrument platform provided by the Adolphe Merkle Institute including e.g. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) can be discussed.


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The Hospital of Fribourg

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The Hospital of Fribourg (HFR) is an autonomous establishment, governed by public law, comprising five sites and over 600 beds. The main Cantonal Hospital (350 beds) is located in the town of Fribourg and acts as the cantonal centre for all specialized services that are not available at the other hospitals. Two additional hospitals handle patients requiring acute care - the HFR-Riaz and HFR-Tavel. Two further sites are involved in care related to re-education, geriatrics and palliative cases (HFR-Billens & HFR-Meyriez). Cases requiring highly specialized medical treatment are transferred to university hospitals in neighbouring cantons (e.g. CHUV in Lausanne, the Inselspital in Bern). The Psychiatry Hospital is located in Marsens and is integrated in the Fribourg Mental Health Network.

The activity of the HFR is carried out by more than 2500 collaborators, including 260 medical doctors. The heads of the clinics (consultants) for Medicine, Surgery and Orthopaedics are authorized to bear the title of Professor, obtained in one of the five Swiss university Faculties of Medicine where they carry out scientific activities and teaching. The new Professor of immunology will be welcome to participate to clinical activities (immunology or allergy) in close collaboration with rheumatology, internal medicine or paediatrics according to his clinical expertise, though for a limited percentage (about 10-20%) of his/her activities.


Financial support

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Set up funding

The new Professor of Immunology will be granted of a total of CHF 80'000, for the purchase of research equipment. Resources for computing material will be at the new Professor’s disposal.

Running expenses

The Department has an annual credit of nearly 1 million Swiss francs, the exact amount depending on the number of research groups and students, and the extent of funding from external sources. About two-thirds of this credit is consumed administratively and in the upkeep of the infrastructure (e.g. printing and copying costs, maintenance of equipment, purchase of solvents, chemicals and gases, and running the animal-keeping facilities). The other third is distributed amongst the research groups according to performance and personnel criteria (in the order of 30 K per year).

Positions attached to the professor position

The new Professor of Immunology (Associate Professor 100% position) will receive the following additional dotation: Option A: 100% Senior-Assistant (Maître-Assistant/Oberassistant) or Option B: 100% post-doc and 100% Ph.D. student position. In addition, there is a 100% Technician position and access to a pool of secretaries.

Access to pools of assistants and secretaries is be shared with colleagues. Access to informatics, mechanic and electronic workshops.



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If you need further information, please contact Prof. Zhihong Yang (Physiology):

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