Professor position in Experimental Physics

The Faculty of Science of the University of Fribourg/Switzerland announces the opening of a professor position in Experimental Physics

Official announcement : download the pdf file

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General conditions
Application procedure
Academic environment
Financial support
Contacts



 

General conditions

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The Faculty of Science invites applications for a tenured position of a Professor in Optical physics, ultrafast science or spectroscopy in the Department of Physics. The selected candidate must have an outstanding record of successful independent research in the field of atomic spectroscopy, quantum optics, steady state or ultrafast spectroscopy of quantum systems or materials. Potential research synergies with the Fribourg National Center of competence in research (NCCR) would be advantageous. The candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, internationally recognized research program that is supported by a significant amount of external funds and to lead the research activities of a group of graduate students and/or postgraduate researchers and to collaborate with other groups of the department and the faculty.

The future appointee is expected to participate actively in teaching at all levels of experimental physics to undergraduate and graduate students in physics and other departments of the Faculty of Science. The candidate should be able to teach in English as well as, at the Bachelor level, in one or both of the two official languages of the University, French or German (after an appropriate learning period, if necessary).

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:

1.  an accompanying letter mentioning the position, for which the candidate is applying (Professor of experimental physics in the present case), and the motivation to apply.
2.  curriculum vitae
3.  list of publications highlighting the 5 most important ones
4.  record of teaching experience
5.  record of past and present funding
6.  description of future research activities the candidate intends to carry out in Fribourg (max. 2 pages)
7.  list of 3 possible referees

The deadline for the applications to reach the Dean's office is  
August 15, 2017

  

Prof. Dr. Christian Bochet
Dean of the Faculty of Sciences
University of Fribourg
Chemin du Musée 8
CH-1700 FRIBOURG
Switzerland


Please send also an electronic version of the application to the Deans office to franziska.heyna@unifr.ch 

 

Academic environment

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Teaching, languages
Administrative structures
Research focus
Infrastructure

 

Teaching, languages

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Besides the Bachelor, the Master and PhD programmes in Physics which conform to the Bologna principles, the Department of Physics offers service teaching to other curricula in natural sciences. The Physics Department also collaborates with the Adolphe-Merkle Institute and the NCCR ‘Bioinspired Materials’ offering a Master programme in Chemistry and Physics of Soft Materials.

The University of Fribourg is bilingual and teaching at the Bachelor level is exclusively in French or/and German. Students can choose to take their exams in either language. At the Master and PhD levels, the classes are generally taught in English.

Therefore, candidates must be able to teach in French or German and in English and to have colloquial skills in all three languages or be willing to acquire such skills within a few years.

The official teaching load of a professor at the University of Fribourg is 6 hours per week (6h x 14 weeks x 2 semester = 168h).

 

Administrative structures

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Presently the Department of Physics employs 8 professors that are heading independent research groups (5 in experimental physics and 3 in theoretical physics). In addition, two junior professors in experimental condensed matter physics, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), are schedule to start their 4+2 year tenure in spring 2018. Major decisions are taken by the Department Council that comprises the teaching staff and representatives of the technical/administrative staff and students.

 

Research focus

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The research in the Department of Physics currently encompasses a variety of subjects that range from atomic physics* (Laser spectroscopy, X-ray spectroscopy), soft matter and photonics, soft matter theory, solid state physics (magnetism and superconductivity, electron spectroscopy, condensed matter theory) to theoretical interdisciplinary physics (for details, see http://physics.unifr.ch).
* The two professors working in the field of atomic physics will retire in the near future.

 

Infrastructure

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The Department of Physics is centrally located in a dedicated building on the Pérolles campus, within short walking distance to the other buildings of the Faculty of Science. This campus also hosts the School of Engineering and Architecture and the Adolphe Merkle Institute, that focuses on research and education in the domain of soft nanomaterials. The appointee will have access to the infrastructure of the department (secretariat and technical pool) and of the Faculty of Science (library, computer cluster, shop for scientific materials and chemicals etc.).

 

Financial support

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The new professor will receive a share of the department's operating budget, which will be calculated according to standard procedures in use in the Faculty of Science and in the Department of Physics. However, the appointee is expected to actively seek additional external funding to cover the bulk of the research expenses.

In addition, the new professor will receive a start-up grant for equipment, the acquisition of books and computers. The new professors group will encompass sufficient lab space and one or several assistant positions depending on experience and qualifications.

The new professor will have access to the department's pool of technical/administrative staff (in total 2.5 secretaries and 7 technicians).

 

Contacts

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If you need further information, contact Prof. Philipp Aebi (head of the Department of Physics): philipp.aebi@unifr.ch, Tel +41 26 300 90 70.

 

See also the website of the Department of Physics

 
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] unifr.ch  •   Swiss University