Professor position in Experimental/Physical Chemistry

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

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General conditions
Application procedure
Academic environment
Financial support
Contacts



 

General conditions

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Situation at the Department of Chemistry:
Over the last few years the Department of Chemistry has hired several new academic staff in the areas of inorganic and physical chemistry due to the retirement of several of our previous colleagues. To finalize this process, the professor position in experimental/physical chemistry advertised here will also be filled. All professors in the Department of Chemistry act as independent leaders of research groups and participate equally in teaching and in the administration of the department.

What we expect:
Candidates are expected to have a strong record of independent research in chemistry, with a focus on experimental chemistry, preferably in relation to the physical chemistry and characterization of interfaces and the departmental focus on materials, attested by top quality publications and successful applications for research grants.

The integration of the candidate's research programme into the NCCR Bioinspired Materials is a requirement (http://www.bioinspired-materials.ch).

Applicants should have a proven record of leading a research group and of teaching chemistry at the University level. The candidate should be able to teach courses in any of the disciplines at the Bachelor level, but efforts will be made to assign her/him classes compatible with her/his specialization.

The candidate should establish an independently-funded research programme and lead the research activities of a group of graduate and/or postgraduate students. She/he should be able to teach chemistry at all levels to students in chemistry and related sciences.

At the bachelor level, the candidate should be able to teach in one - or both - of the two official languages of the University, French or German, as well as in English at the Master level.

The University of Fribourg is an equally opportunity employer, who strongly encourages the application of women.

 

Application procedure

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The following documents should be sent on paper to the following mailing address:

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

1.  accompanying letter mentioning the position, for which the candidate is applying (Professor of experimental/physical chemistry in the present case), and the motivation to apply.
2.  curriculum vitae
3.  list of publications
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  
January 15th, 2018


Please also send an electronic version of the application ("<Your Name>.pdf") and PDF versions of the 5 most relevant publications ("<Your Name>-papers.pdf") to the Faculty Administrator at the Dean's Office (franziska.heyna@unifr.ch).



What we offer:  

 

Academic environment

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Study programmes
Languages
Administrative structures
Research focus
Infrastructure

 

see also http://www.chem.unifr.ch/

 

Study programmes

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Besides the Bachelor, the Master and PhD programmes in Chemistry which conform to the Bologna principles, the Department of chemistry offers service teaching to other curricula in natural sciences, in particular to first- and second year students of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences.

 

Languages

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

Therefore, candidates must be able to teach in French and/or German as well as in English from the outset and have basic colloquial skills in all three languages or be willing to acquire such skills within the first few years.

 

Administrative structures

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Presently the Department of Chemistry hosts 8.4 professors in addition to 2 professors on SNF stipends. They all participate in the Department Council which takes all major decisions. All research groups have the same prerogatives, especially with regard to teaching assistant positions which are used to complement positions funded by external sources (see below).

 

Research focus

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The research in the Department of Chemistry encompasses a variety of subjects with its 11 research groups, with a focus on synthesis, properties and analysis of materials (for details, see http://www.chem.unifr.ch/).

 

Infrastructure

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The Department of Chemistry is located in its own building, which is within walking distance of the other buildings of the Faculty of Science at the Pérolles campus. This campus also hosts the School of Engineering whose chemistry department runs pilot-plant scale facilities, and the new Adolphe Merkle Institute for Nanoscience. The appointee will have access to all departmental equipment (see below). A central store for chemicals, labware and office supplies is located in the basement of the chemistry building.

Large Instruments
300, 2 x 400 and 500 MHz NMR-spectrometers
ESR spectrometer
Fluorescence, UV-VIS, IR, CD, ORD spectrometers
LC-ESI-MS (ion trap), high-res ESI/MALDI-MS (FT-ICR), MALDI ToF MS, GC-MS
(EI/CI, quadrupole) HPLC
Powder and single-crystal X-Ray diffractometers
High-pressure hydrogenation facility

 

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 used in the Faculty and in the Department. The appointee is expected to actively seek additional external funding for his needs in major apparatus.

 

Startup grant

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The new professor will be granted CHF 80’000.– as a start-up grant from the Faculty, distributed over two years for the acquisition of the apparatus he/she needs for his/her research, with the possibility to acquire additional funding depending upon the candidate’s level of integration into the NCCR bioinspired materials. Additional setup funding is available for informatics infrastructure and for books.

 

Running expenses for consumables, teaching material, apparatus, books and journals

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An annual common budget to purchase equipment, to cover consumables, for informatics and library expenses is available, to be shared among the research groups of the Department.

 

Positions attached to the professor position

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The new professor will have access to the department's pool of technical/administrative staff (in total 2 secretaries and 7 technicians). The professor will have two teaching assistant positions (i.e., PhD students) offered by the department.

 

Contacts

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If you need further information, contact Prof. Marco Lattuada (president of the Department of Chemistry): marco.lattuada@unifr.ch, Tel +41 26 300 95 25.

 
University of Fribourg  •   Faculty of science  •   Ch. du Musée 8  •   CH-1700 Fribourg  •  
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