Open Positions

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  • PhD position on the cultural logistics of Chinese science fiction : deadline 14 may 2021


    4-year PhD position (100%) on the cultural logistics of Chinese science fiction


    at the Department of Geosciences, Geography Unit, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

    This PhD position is part of a Swiss National Science Foundation grant titled “Cultural logistics of Chinese science fiction” (2021-2025). The project aims to shed light on the rise of Chinese science fiction by examining the relationships between its fictional speculation, shared imaginary practices, and networks of discursive and material circulation. The PhD student will analyze the discursive and material production of Chinese SF literature beyond the text with a focus on publishing houses, conventions, theme parks and fandom.

    Job description

    • Ethnographic fieldwork in the PRC
    • Publication of one or more scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals
    • Writing up of PhD thesis (monograph or publication-based)
    • Co-organization of conference panels and international conference
    • Support of PI in grant administration


    • A Master’s degree with specialization in human geography, social anthropology, Chinese studies or other relevant fields
    • Strong background in social theory
    • Experience in ethnography as a methodology
    • Interest and ability to work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary manner
    • Native speaker or fluent in Mandarin Chinese, very good language skills in English

    Conditions of employment

    The initial appointment will be for 12 months extendible to 4 years. Gross salary is in the range of 47-50K CHF per year (100%) and follows the salary scale of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

    Starting date: 1 September 2021

    Please submit the following documents as a single PDF file to Mrs Nicole Equey (nicole.equey[at]

    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Publication list and one sample writing (e.g. Master thesis, scientific article)
    • Names and contact information of two referees

    Deadline for application: 14 May 2021

    Interviews: 28 May 2021

    All inquiries should be directed to Christine Bichsel (christine.bichsel[at]

    For additional information about the Department of Geosciences at the University of Fribourg please visit our website.

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  • Professor position in mineralogy - Application : deadline 15 May 2021

    The Faculty of Science and Medicine of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, announces the opening of a position of Professor in Mineralogy.


    The Faculty of Science and Medicine invites applications for a tenured position of a Professor in “Mineralogy” in the Department of Geosciences. The selected candidate must have an outstanding record of successful independent research in the field of mineralogy with possible specializations in environmental mineralogy and/or biomineralogy and/or mineral resources.

    Collaboration with other groups of the Department and the Faculty is highly encouraged. Potential research synergies with the Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI), and its various large-scale research facilities would be advantageous.

    The candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, internationally recognized research program that is supported by a significant amount of external funding and to lead the research activities of a group of graduate students/postgraduate researchers. The future professorship should actively maintain and supervise associated geoplatforms.

    Knowledge of the use and management of XRD, XRF or electron microscopic facilities is advantageous. The future appointee is expected to participate actively in the teaching of mineralogy and petrology at all levels to undergraduate and graduate students in geosciences and other departments of the Faculty of Science and Medicine.

    The candidate should be able to teach bachelor courses in one of the two official languages of the University, French or German (after an appropriate learning period, if necessary) and masters courses in English.

    The University of Fribourg is an equal opportunity employer and strives towards gender balance and diversity at all levels.

    We seek candidates per August 1 st 2022 or by mutual agreement.

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