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  • PhD position in Computational Conservation Biology

    Statistical and Computational Biology Group, Prof. Wegmann, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

    Who we are

    We are a young, international, interdisciplinary and enthusiastic research group at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, aiming at understanding the evolutionary and ecological processes shaping the realm of biological diversity we see today. To achieve this, we design and develop new statistical and computational approaches, and apply them to big data from many biological fields. A current focus of the lab is the characterization and quantification of biodiversity, and to monitor its trends to inform conservation management.

    Your tasks

    We seek a highly motivated PhD student to support our conservation efforts, particularly regarding large carnivores. The successful candidate will work closely with our partners at the WWF in Europe and at the Chinko Nature Reserve in Central Africa to monitor trends in population abundances and livestock damages. The work involves:

    • curating ecological big data such as camera trap images and biodiversity records from transect,
    • automating these curation tasks (where possible),
    • Developing computational methods to identify trends in ecological data,
    • And applying these methods to inform conservation management.


    The position is fully funded with a competitive salary for three years, with the possibility to extend by one additional year. The successful candidate should ideally start in March 2021, or soon thereafter. The research does not involve field work, but a visit to the Chinko Nature Reserve can be arranged.

    What we offer

    We offer a stimulating research environment, well embedded in the strong bioinformatic and conservation communities in western Switzerland. We are part of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) and boost excellent research facilities, including state-of-the-art high-performance computational infrastructures. Fribourg is a lively university town with pleasant surroundings (such as the Alps) and an excellent quality of life. It is located only 20 minutes from the capital of Switzerland, Bern, and just a little over an hour from Geneva and Zürich. While some knowledge of German or French is beneficial for living in Switzerland, it is not essential. The working language in our lab and institute is English.

    What you bring

    You should have either A) a master degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, statistics or a 

    related field, and a strong interest in applying these skills to support the conservation of nature, or B) a master degree in ecology, conservation biology or evolutionary biology and a strong interest in computational methods. While experience in programming is not required, we expect candidates to be highly motivated to acquire skills in programming and statistical inference, for which we are happy to provide state-of-the-art training. Good knowledge of written and spoken English is expected.

    How to apply
    To receive full consideration, apply at this link before February 15 at with a single PDF file including:

    • a cover letter with a brief summary of your previous research and motivation for the position.
    • a Curriculum Vitae.
    • copies of degree certificates and list of coursework, including grades.
    • names, addresses and e-mails of two professional references.

    Further information:
    Wegmann group Dept of Biology
    Wegmann group SIB

  • Schneiter Lab: Postdoc and PhD position available in the study of biogenesis of lipid droplets

    Your mission

    We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher and a PhD student to study the biogenesis of lipid droplets using Baker's yeast as a genetic model organism. Techniques employed include live cell confocal microscopy, subcellular fractionation, and mass spectrometry. recent publication on the topic

    Your profile

    We are looking for highly motivated candidates with an excellent background in cell biology. Additional experience in yeast genetics or lipid biochemistry would be an asset.

    Starting date

    The positions are available immediately for the duration of at least 4-5 years. For further information please contact the group leader: Roger Schneiter 

  • Vanni Lab: PhD and Postdoctoral Opportunities in Computational Biophysics and Biochemistry of Membranes

    Several PhD and one postdoc positions are available in our newly-established Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.

    Your mission

    Our group develops and applies computer simulations to investigate how the molecular properties of proteins, lipids and membranes modulate cellular processes. We combine these in silico investigations with biochemical and biophysical approaches to understand key biological mechanisms with atomistic molecular resolution. Please check our group webpage for more information.

    Currently, we have openings in the following research areas:

    • Intracellular lipid and fat accumulation
    • Protein-membrane interactions
    • Force field development
    • Nanoparticles-membrane interactions

    Your profile

    We are looking for highly motivated, team-oriented independent thinkers. For the postdoc position, the applicant should have a PhD in physics, chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysics, engineering or a related subject. The applicant should have a background in molecular dynamics simulations or computational chemistry. Previous experience in combining simulations with NMR experiments OR in simulations of materials/nanoparticles are a plus. For the PhD positions, the applicant should have a Master Degree in physics, chemistry, biology, bioinformatics, computer science, engineering or a related subject. Computer literacy and previous experience with molecular simulations, as well as good communication skills and proficiency in English are a plus. In general, any previous specific knowledge is less important than strong motivation, enthusiasm for scientific research, problem-solving skills, and possibly a track-record of individual and team accomplishments.

    We offer

    The positions are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and by the NCCR in Bio-Inspired Materials . We offer a stimulating, friendly and interdisciplinary work environment, with excellent working conditions (salary, resources, …) and frontier research projects. The Department of Biology of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) gathers very dynamic researchers with a strong commitment toward innovation and excellence in science. It offers a stimulating and supportive environment, with an open-minded atmosphere ideal to foster synergies.

    The selected candidates will also have the opportunity to interact extensively with members of the Department of Chemistry and of the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg, with whom collaborations are ongoing. In addition, they will also benefit from strong international collaborations with outstanding experimental labs in the fields of membrane biology, soft matter and nanomaterials. The successful PhD candidates will enrol in the Fribourg Graduate School of Life Sciences (FGLS) providing high-quality education opportunities to complement the laboratory training. It will also benefit from the close proximity to the CECAM headquarters in Lausanne, where multiple workshops and schools in computational science are held every year ( ). PhD positions are fully funded for 3 years, with a possible 1-year extension. In addition, PhD students will have the possibility to apply to generous international postdoctoral fellowship from the SNF after completion of their PhD. Initial gross annual salary for PhD students will be 47,040 CHF (~ 47,000 $). The postdoc position is fully funded for 2 years, with a possible 2-years extension. In addition, the postdoc will have the possibility to apply to prestigious and generous fellowships from the SNF to start an independent career after completion of their postdoctoral fellowship. Initial gross annual salary for Postdocs will be 65,000 CHF (~ 65,000 $).


    Please send your application, including short cover letter (explaining background and motivation) and a complete CV via e-mail to Stefano Vanni