Professor position in Microbiology

The Faculty of Science of the University of Fribourg/Switzerland announces the opening of a professor position (associate or full) in Microbiology

Official announcement : download the pdf file

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General conditions
Application procedure
Academic environment
Financial support


General conditions

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Candidates are expected to have a record of successful independent research in microbiology attested by top quality publications and successful applications for research grants. Preference will be given to candidates doing research on a theme which is relevant to human medicine, but outstanding candidates with other orientations will also be considered.

Depending on their academic profile, candidates will be considered for full or associate professorship. At both levels the position is tenured.

The future appointee is expected to establish an independently funded research program and lead the research activities of a group of graduate and/or postgraduate students. She/he will have to oversee the teaching of basic and medical microbiology to students of Medicine, Biomedicine, Pharmacy, Biochemistry and Biology, and to take on a substantial part of this teaching herself/himself. An awareness of the clinical significance and problems of viral, microbial and protozoan infections is of paramount importance.

She/he normally ought to have done research in more than one country and have experience in leading a research group, as well as have experience in lecturing.

Women scientists are encouraged to apply.


Application procedure

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

Prof. Rolf Ingold
Dean of the Faculty of Sciences
University of Fribourg
Chemin du Musée 8



Complete curriculum vitae
Complete list of publications
Record of the teaching experience
Record of past and present funding
1-2 page description of the research that the candidate intends to carry out in Fribourg
List of 3 possible referees
Accompanying letter mentioning the position, for which the candidate is applying (Professor of Microbiology in the present case)

Deadline: the applications have to reach the Dean's office before 
November 30, 2011

An electronic version of the application should be sent to the Dean’s associate,


Academic environment

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Teaching, languages
Administrative structure
Research focus


Teaching, languages

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Study programmes

The Department of Medicine is in charge of three Bachelor curricula named BMed in Humane Medicine, BSc in Biomedical Science and BSc in Sport Science and Motor Control that each take 3 years to complete. Also, an incomplete bachelor curriculum of two years in pharmacy is offered. It also offers a joint MSc in Sport Science with 2 options (Teaching and Health – Research), with the Swiss Federal School of Sport, at Macolin/Magglingen. A joint masters program in biomedical sciences is offered by the Universities of Fribourg and Berne, whereby most of the courses will be taught by the staff of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bern.

The Department of Biology is offering a BSc in Biology, a BSc in Biochemistry and a MSc in Biology with 4 options (Biochemistry, Developmental and Cell Biology, Ecology and Evolution and Plant-Microbe Interactions).

The graduate 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 run a joint program of invited lectures and summer schools for graduate students (the "Troisième Cycle" program). A special program for training in Neurosciences in collaboration with the University of Berne is also offered. A similar training program in cardiovascular research in collaboration with other French speaking universities is also available.


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 and write in French and/or German as well as in English.

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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The Department of Medicine is part of the Faculty of Science, and hosts three Units, namely Anatomy, Physiology and Sport Sciences located on the Perolles campus. They employ respectively 5, 4 and 2 professors. In autumn 2009, an additional Unit of “Clinical Medicine” was created, which will host the new Professor of Microbiology as well as 8 other Professors (e.g. in Cardiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Neurology, Endocrinology, etc.).

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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The Department of Medicine's main research focuses are on three lines of fundamental research: (i) neurosciences, (ii) cardiovascular and metabolic physiology, and (iii) cancer research. However, various additional topics such as the role of calcium-binding proteins, renal sodium and calcium transport and motor control are also being studied.

The professor of Microbiology will also be closely associated with the research held in the Department of Biology, specially with the research groups in Biochemistry and with the newly hired professor in Computational Biology / Bioinformatics



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  • As explained above, life sciences of the Faculty of sciences are located in two buildings, which are at a walking distance of 150 m of each other.

  • The labs of the new professor of Microbiology will be located in the Department of Biology. She/he thus will have free access to the heavy equipment of the Department of Biology, but equally to the ones of Anatomy, which is located in the same building complex, and those of the building accommodates the units of Physiology and 3rd year medicine.

  • She/he also will have access to clinical data and specimens, as the new administrative structure being created for the teaching of medical students will also associate the present cantonal Hospital and its professors.

Instruments (heavy equipment)
Dept. Medicine Dept. Biology

Electron microscopy
High resolution light microscopy with deconvolution
FACS (analytical and preparative)
C lab
Tissue culture facilities, BL 2 labs
Roboter for SGA (pinning for 384 whole plates)
96 well plate readers for chemiluminescence. fluorescence, photoabsorption
2D UV-light detectors for TLCs, gels, Westernblots
Odyssey Imaging system (LI-COR)
Real time PCR
Radioscanning for TLCs

Electron microscopy
Confocal microscopy
Real time PCR
Conventional microscopy
BL 2 lab
C lab

Animal facilities

SPF facility for mice
Animal facilities for mice, rats, zebrafish.


Financial support

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Set up money

The new professor will be granted 150’000.– CHF distributed over two years for the acquisition of the apparatuses he needs for his research.
Additional funds are available from a pool that is allocated to the new professors of the Unit of Clinical Medicine.

Running money for consumables, teaching material, apparatuses, books and journals

An annual common budget to purchase equipment, to cover consumables, for informatics and library expenses is available for the Unit of Clinical Medicine, to be shared among the 9 Professors, according to a distribution key already implemented in the Department of Medicine.

Positions attached to the professor position

The new professor will be granted the following positions:

1 position for a post-doctoral assistant

1 position for a Ph.D or M.D. student

1 position for a technician

0.5 position for a secretary

The Professor of Microbiology will have access, on a competitive basis within the Unit of Clinical Medicine, to a common pool of 6 positions of assistants

As it is the case for all Professors of the Department of Medicine, it is expected that the Professor of Microbiology will expand his/her team of Ph.D students and collaborators by actively seeking external research funds.



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If you need further information, contact Prof. Curzio Curzio Rüegg (President of the Department of Medicine):
Tel +41 26 300 87 66

See also the website of the Department of Biology and the Department of Medicine

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