Careers

Part of a global network, Swissnex in Boston and New York is Switzerland’s innovation outpost located in the heart of Cambridge – a powerhouse of academia and innovation. We are a dynamic, international team connecting education, research, innovation, and the arts.

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Openings

Location

  • Switzerland

    Embassy of Switzerland in London – Internship in the Science and Innovation Team

    Academic Internship - Science and Innovation Team - London, UK

    The Embassy of Switzerland in London is offering an internship in its Science and Innovation Team. The duration of the internship is one year, from September 2024 (exact date to be agreed) to Sept 2025. The application deadline is 22 July 2024.

    Job description available here.

    Apply now
  • San Francisco

    No jobs for this location
  • India

    No jobs for this location
  • Boston and New York

    Global Communications Lead

    Job Information

    Full Time | Swissnex in Boston and New York

    Location: Cambridge, MA
    Work Experience: 5+ years

    About Swissnex

    Swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting Switzerland and the world in education, research, and innovation. Our mission is to support the outreach and active engagement of our partners in the international exchange of knowledge, ideas, and talents. We thereby contribute to strengthening Switzerland’s profile as a world-leading innovation hotspot. Swissnex is an initiative of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and is part of the Swiss Confederation’s network abroad managed by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The Swissnex HQ is located at SERI in Bern. The activities of Swissnex are based on a collaborative approach, relying on public and private partnerships and funding.

    The Global Communications Lead is a new hybrid role that combines responsibilities for the entire Swissnex network with work that is specific to Swissnex in Boston and New York. This key member of the Swissnex network will manage and execute global communication, marketing, and public relations strategies, in collaboration with our headquarters in Switzerland and other Swissnex locations around the world. The successful candidate will also be responsible for the communication and marketing channels of Swissnex in Boston and New York, working closely with its entire team of permanent staff and interns. The Global Communications Manager will report to both the CEO of Swissnex in Boston and New York and the Swissnex Head of Unit at SERI.

    Key Responsibilities

    Global Communications

    • Coordinate global communication and marketing and efforts with HQ and other Swissnex locations.
    • Manage and update the global section of the Swissnex website, including blog posts, news articles, and event pages.
    • Develop and distribute the global Swissnex newsletter.
    • Oversee and manage Swissnex’s social media presence.
    • Help produce Swissnex’s Annual Report.
    • Maintain and update branding guidelines, templates, and collateral, ensuring consistency with Swissnex’s brand and message.
    • Analyze and report on the effectiveness of communication strategies and campaigns.
    • Develop and implement global templates and software tools to streamline communication processes.
    • Manage relationships with third parties (vendors, designers, communication agencies, consultants, developers).

    Public Relations in Switzerland

    • Coordinate and manage public relations efforts in Switzerland in close collaboration with HQ.
    • Liaise with Swiss media outlets and journalists.
    • Manage relationships with external PR agencies to ensure effective communication and outreach.
    • Draft press releases and handle media inquiries, in close collaboration with the SERI communications team.
    • Organize activities and briefings in Switzerland to promote Swissnex’s activities in collaboration with the Swissnex Project Manager.

    Communications for Boston and New York

    • Adapt and implement global communication strategies to suit the needs of Swissnex in Boston and New York.
    • Develop and execute local communication plans and marketing campaigns.
    • Foster relationships with local media and manage press relations.
    • Organize and promote local events and initiatives, ensuring alignment with Swissnex’s global approach and strategy.
    • Create and maintain location-specific content for the website and social media.

    Visual Content

    • Select and Produce high-quality visual content, including videos and graphic designs, to support global and local communication efforts.
    • Collaborate with the global network to ensure visual content is consistent with Swissnex’s branding and messaging.
    • Develop innovative and engaging visual materials to promote Swissnex’s initiatives and events.

    General Swissnex Tasks

    • Contribute to general Swissnex tasks and initiatives as needed.
    • Support the Swissnex team in Boston and New York with various administrative and operational tasks.
    • Participate in meetings, workshops, and events to represent Swissnex and contribute to its overall mission.
    Requirements

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, or a related field.
    • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a similar role.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
    • Proficiency in German is required, and French is a plus.
    • Strong understanding of digital marketing, social media, and public relations.
    • Proficiency in content management systems, social media management tools, and analytics software.
    • Experience in graphic design and video production.
    • Good understanding of and experience in the Swiss media landscape and other outreach and marketing opportunities in Switzerland.
    • A strong network of Swiss journalists is a plus.
    • Good understanding of the Swiss education, research, and innovation landscape.
    • Extremely detail-oriented, as the role involves being the last person to review material before publication.
    • Good political sense and diplomatic skills to navigate a complex multi-stakeholder, partnerships-based environment.
    • Ability to travel occasionally to Switzerland and other Swissnex locations.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a global team.
    • Strong organizational and project management skills.
    Benefits

    What We Offer

    • A full-time position (40 hours per week).
    • Four weeks of vacation yearly and a mix of 12+ US and Swiss holidays.
    • Competitive benefits package including: Employer-matched 401(K), and 65%, 80%, or 85% employer-paid medical and dental plans (depending on the options).
    • Continuing education possibilities and a platform to grow your skills, professional experience, and network.
    • Financial assistance is not available for those required to relocate.

    Due to our consular status, applicants must either be Swiss citizens, US citizens, or US permanent residents.

    How to Apply

    Interested candidates should attach a resume, cover letter, and portfolio showcasing relevant work. Applications will be accepted until August 9, 2024.

    Apply now

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  • Brazil

    No jobs for this location
  • China

    Junior Project Manager Academia & Arts at Swissnex in China

    Start October 1, 2024 until March 31, 2025 (6 months)

    Workload           100%

    Location             Swissnex in China, Shanghai office

    Swissnex in China is the Science Consulate of Switzerland in China. As part of the Swissnex global network, we connect Switzerland, China and the world in science, research, education and innovation. Our mission is to support the outreach and active engagement of our partners in the international exchange of knowledge, ideas and talent. The five main Swissnex locations are established in some of the world’s most innovative regions: Boston, Brazil, China, India and San Francisco. Swissnex is an initiative of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation of Switzerland and is part of the Swiss Confederation’s network abroad managed by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

    We are looking for a bright, self-driven and ambitious Junior Project Manager with exceptional organizational and communication skills for the planning, promotion, and realization of Swissnex in China’s Academia and Arts projects. Acting as a connector between people and ideas, you will prepare, develop, execute, and post-process activities in the exciting world of academia and arts, building bridges between science, research, innovation, art, and design. Working as a Junior Project Manager for Swissnex in China will allow you to take a deep dive into emerging trends while gaining real-world experience at an official representation of Switzerland in one of the most dynamic regions of the world. As Junior Project Manager, you are happy to embrace and lead change, are able to work across disciplines, and are ready to help us bring Swissnex in China’s outreach to the next level.

    Main Responsibilities
    • Event and Project Management: Plan, execute and post-process in-house and external activities related to science, technology and innovation (events, conferences, study trips, workshops); logistics; fundraising; edit reports and blogs.
    • Communications: Project-related and general communications. Actively contribute to social media presence. Compose catchy stories for blogs, social media etc.
    • Research: Identity trends and developments in smart nutrition, energy & environment, digital health, and tech ethics; edit reports.
    • Networking: Cultivate and develop a network of partners and stakeholders from the Sino-Swiss art and design community as well as universities, researchers, innovation hubs, museums and professionals. Attend relevant events and conferences.
    • Assist the team with the organization of special events, science diplomacy projects and delegation visits.
    • Other administrative and support duties, such as organization of weekly staff meetings as assigned.
    Requirements
    • Swiss citizenship
    • Bachelor or master’s students and recent graduates (within one year of graduation) from a Swiss university or university of applied sciences
    • Excellent written and oral command of English and of at least one Swiss national language; Chinese welcome
    • Strong interest in science, education, art and design and their intersections (art-science)
    • Strong competency in conducting research and writing
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; avid networker and enthusiastic presenter
    • Ability to work autonomously as well as in a team
    • Fast-thinking, Proactive, reliable, organized, flexible and creative
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office as well as knowledge of international and local social media
    General Conditions

    Please note that costs for accommodation and traveling as well as expenses related to working/residence permit are to be borne by the candidate and will not be covered or reimbursed by the employer.

    Application

    Did we raise your interest? Then we look forward to hearing more about you!

    Send your full application to this LINK.

    Position open until filled.

    Your application must include the following documents:

    • Cover letter (letter of motivation) and CV
    • Copies of university diplomas, transcript of records, as well as work certificates, and letters of reference if available

    We will reply to incoming applications in due time. No phone call inquiries please.

    More details will be shared in the process of the recruitment.

    Apply now
  • Japan

    Startup & Innovation Manager

    Join our team!

    As the first Consulate in Japan with a focus on science diplomacy, Swissnex in Japan connects Switzerland and Japan in education, research, and innovation. In operation since 2022, the new Consulate is looking for a fearless Startup & Innovation Manager for its Startup and Innovation team.

    • Starting date: September 1, 2024 (preferably)
    • Location: Consulate of Switzerland in Osaka, Swissnex in Japan
    • Full-time position
    Mission
    • Manage, coordinate and organize startup, innovation, and high-tech-related activities and events, including mandates, projects, fundraising, and logistics.
    • Conduct research on innovation-related topics and identify new trends and developments in the fields of innovation and high-tech such as AI, robotics, quantum, spacetech, etc.
    • Foster networks and relationships between Swiss and Japanese innovation ecosystems and actively support Swiss deeptech startups interested in Japan.
    • Smartly drive communication between partners, sponsors, and other project stakeholders
    • Proactive collaboration within the Swissnex team and Team Switzerland in Japan.
    Skills and Requirements
    • Bachelor’s Degree / Master’s Degree
    • Passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation and deeptech
    • Excellent command of business English and Japanese.
    • Familiarity with Swiss and Japanese deeptech startups and innovation networks. Existing network in the Kansai region a plus.
    • Experience in project management.
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, commitment to excellence, passionate.
    • Responsible, curious, flexible, pragmatic, forward-thinking, self-starting team-player.
    • Professional appearance and demeanor suitable for outreach to and contact with C-level individuals and executives.
    • Compatible with a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment and willing to work outside office hours, for events or visiting groups.
    • Computer literacy (Mac OS, MS Office, Google Suite, Zoho, Zoom, SNS, etc.).
    • Interest in Switzerland and Japan.
    Benefits
    • 20-day vacation, 12+ national holidays, and sick leave
    • Competitive benefit package including Social Insurance
    • Continuing education possibilities
    General Conditions
    • Must be a Swiss citizen, a Japanese citizen, or a legal resident of Japan
    • Local employment conditions. Relocation & accommodation will not be covered by the employer.

    Did we raise your interest? Then we look forward to hearing more about you!

    Please send your full application by Sunday, July 21, including:

    • CV with cover letter (letter of motivation)
    • Copies of letters of reference, work certificates and university diplomas, including transcript of records
    Apply now