Open positions

  • PhD position in Sensorimotor Neuroscience


    The group of Mario Prsa at the University of Fribourg ( is looking for PhD/Postdoc candidates to conduct research on neural mechanisms of forelimb sensorimotor adaptation and/or proprioceptive sensory processing.

    Our laboratory is part of the Department of Neuroscience and Movement Science within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Fribourg comprised of a vibrant scientific community including more than 20 multi-disciplinary research groups.


    Movements are at the center of all our behavior and accurate movements allow us to properly interact with the world. Proprioception and sensorimotor adaptation are two physiological processes crucial for maintaining movement accuracy. The applicant will use state-of-the art behavioral, optogenetic, two-photon microscopy and neuroanatomical tracing techniques to dissect the underlying neuronal circuits in the mouse brain.  


    • Master’s / PhD degree in Neuroscience, Engineering/Physics, Biology (or related discipline).
    • Highly motivated, excellent analytical, experimental and writing skills.
    • Experience in rodent behavior, optogenetics, in-vivo imaging and/or electrophysiology.
    • Proficiency in data analysis and experimental procedures
    • Knowledge of hardware programming and experimental control with Matlab is highly desirable.


    We offer a PhD and Postdoctoral positions planned to start in late 2023 or early 2024. Interested applicants should send a letter of motivation, complete CV and a list of referees to

  • OFFRE DE STAGE : Minimum 6 mois

    L’équipe « IC Stoke » cherche un-e étudiant-e motivé-e pour collaborer dans leurs projets de recherche en Suisse.

    L’étudiant aura l’opportunité de travailler dans un cadre international enrichissant. Le projet a pour objectif de développer un nouveau modèle d’accidents vasculaires cérébraux (AVC) subcorticale chez des primates et des technologies cortico-spinal pour la récupération des mouvements du bras et de la main.

    L’étudiant aura pour mission d’aider à la gestion et préparation du setup des entraînements des tâches comportementales, ainsi que de participer aux discussions scientifiques et aux analyses de données.


    • Connaissances en anglais
    • Connaissance de base en Matlab
    • Attitude positive et pro-active

    Nouvelle connaissances

    • Logiciel: Vicon, Nexus, Matlab
    • Tâches: Kuka Robot, calibration, execution
    • Analyse de données : Tracking, exécution de programme

    Les personnes très intéressées qui répondent partiellement à ces critères seront aussi invitées à se présenter.

    Dr. Charles Latchoumane,

  • Research assistant and PhD student in Life Course Epidemiology (full-time)

    The Population Health Laboratory (#PopHealthLab) of the University of Fribourg develops research activities to inform population-based prevention strategies and public health surveillance to help citizens, health stakeholders, clinicians, and policy-makers make data-informed and evidence-based decisions.

    Research areas are the epidemiology of population health in a life course and consequential perspective and the study of health service activities and quality of care in an evidence-based public health framework.

    The #PopHealthLab is looking for a

    Research assistant and PhD student in Life Course Epidemiology (full-time)

    to join our team and work on a PhD thesis on the life course epidemiology and prevention of cancer under the supervision of Dr. Stéphane Cullati PhD and Prof Arnaud Chiolero MD PhD. The project aims to study the practice of cancer screening and the extent of low-value cancer screening across the life course, especially among older adults. Accounting for the lag time to benefit from cancer screening and usual screening recommendations, the frequency of low-value cancer screening will be estimated in population-based surveys and to which extent it depends on socio-economic position.

    Duties and responsibilities:

    As a PhD student:

     Conduct a review on the lag time to benefit from cancer preventive services,

     Analyze data from large datasets (e.g., Swiss and European Interview Health Surveys),

     Write research protocols and (3 to 4) manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals as a first author,

     Contribute to additional research (Prevent Too), surveillance, and monitoring projects.

    As a research assistant:

     Support the #PopHealthLab in administrative, teaching, and research activities,

     Contribute to the statistical consultation of the #PopHealthLab.

    Qualification and skills:

     Master degree in epidemiology, social sciences, life sciences, medicine or equivalent,

     Strong interest in life course research, epidemiology, and public health,

     Experience with data analysis,

     Experience with statistical software (use of Stata or R is a plus),

     Proficiency in English and in French or German.

    Start and duration of employment:

    The post is available from April 2024, with a negotiable starting date, for 3 years. If required, a prolongation is possible.

    Additional information:

    The salary is according to the standards of the University of Fribourg for “assistant diplômé”. The

    hired PhD student will have free access to the courses proposed by the Swiss School of Public Health+ (SSPH+; For further information on the position, contact Prof Arnaud Chiolero (

    How to apply?

    Submit an application file in one pdf including a letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae to Deadline for application: January 31, 2024

  • Postdoc Positions available

    We are recruiting postdoctoral assistants (100%) with PhD and/or MD degree who have solid training in cell biology, biochemistry, and working experience with in vivo animal models. Experience in research of cardiovascular biology, particularly cerebral vascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases are especially encouraged to apply.

    The positions are immediately available till occupied and will last for max. 4 years at the Department of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Cardiovascular System, Section Medicine, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. The successful candidates will be investigating the mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases, vascular dementia, and neurodegeneration.

    For further information, you may visit the website: 

    Interested candidates shall send your application (by post or email), including a cover letter explaining your motivation, CV, copy of degree/diploma certificates, a brief statement on previous research experience, and contact details for at least two referees to:

    Prof. Zhihong Yang, MD
    Cardiovascular and Aging Research
    Faculty of Science and Medicine
    Medicine Section
    Department of Endocrinology, Metabolism
    and Cardiovascular System
    University of Fribourg
    Rue du Musée 5
    CH-1700 Fribourg
    Phone: +41 26 300 8593