Prof. Dr. Alke Fink

“How 2*50 is much more than 100”

In my presentation I will talk about my jobsharing experience, what we have learnt, its pros and cons, and what I would do differently next time. Together with my colleague, we have been co-chairing a highly interdisciplinary research group consisting of roughly 30 co-workers (PhD students and Postdocs) for 10 years. I will show what brought us together, what makes us “one”, and what keeps us individuals, where we agree and disagree, how colleagues and funding agencies respond, and what students think of it.

Professor Alke Fink studied chemistry at the University of Ulm, Germany. After her PhD in 2000, she did a postdoc in the US, followed by a 2nd postdoc at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in the field of powder technology. She specialized in nanosciences and occupied a faculty position at the same institute until 2009, when she was appointed Associate Professor at the Chemistry Department in Fribourg. In 2010, she moved to the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg, where she is full professor and head of the BioNanomaterials group. This position is shared with her colleague, Prof. Rothen, who is a biologist by training. Both occupy 50% of the same position, Prof Fink has an additional 40% appointment in chemistry. The BioNanogroup is a highly multidisciplinary group with roughly 30 PhDs and Postdocs in addition to 3 lab technicians. The interests of the BioNanomaterials Group are situated at the interface of the 2 fields and we address fundamental and applied questions, which are also highly relevant to important societal issues such as environment or human health. Prof. Fink has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers, published several patents, created a start-up and has recently founded the Swiss NanoAnalytics Platform for the characterization of nanomaterials in consumer products.

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