The Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland invites applications for a PhD position in the Soft Matter Physics group of Prof. Ullrich Steiner, jointly supervised by Dr. Ilja Gunkel and Dr. Bodo Wilts.

PhD Position in Physics

The goal of the project is the optical characterization of well-defined 3D morphologies that potentially exhibit a negative refractive index at visible wavelengths, so-called optical metamaterials. Part of the project includes the fabrication of these novel materials. Computer simulations of the light-matter interaction will be performed hand-in-hand with experiments.

The successful applicant will hold a Master’s degree, or equivalent, in Physics, preferably with a focus on optics or photonics. The candidate should wish to pursue independent research involving electron microscopy, self-assembly of (bio-)polymers and optical characterization techniques and should have excellent communication skills in English (both written and oral). Close collaboration with other members of AMI, the Faculty of Sciences, and local and international universities and companies is desirable.

The Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg is a recently established center of competence, focused on research in the field of soft nano-materials, science and technology. With the objective to stimulate innovation, AMI aims to combine fundamental and application-oriented research within an interdisciplinary setting. AMI offers highly competitive working conditions, an outstanding infrastructure and a competitive salary.

Please email your application to (turn on JavaScript) including your CV, a cover letter, and contact information of (at least) two references. Review of applications will begin immediately upon receipt of complete application materials. The call remains open until a fitting candidate has been selected.

Adolphe Merkle Institute - Chemin des Verdiers 4 - CH-1700 Fribourg - Phone +41 26 300 9254