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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Explore career opportunities at Swissnex in Boston and New York and in our global network.

Openings

Location

  • Switzerland

    Design Associate in Partnership with Science Gallery Bengaluru

    Are you a design student who gets fixated on aesthetics and layouts and colours and fonts? Does the art of communication inspire you? Are you looking to push the boundaries of your learning and gain international exposure?

    Look no further! 

    In partnership with Science Gallery Bengaluru, we are seeking a skilled design associate with unbounded creativity and a keen eye for detail. Here’s a unique opportunity to support two creative and forward-looking organisations. 80% of your commitment and output would be towards Swissnex in India and 20% towards Science Gallery Bengaluru.

    At Swissnex in India, you will contribute visually to our work in health, sustainability, digital transformation and beyond, and will work alongside a talented and driven team committed to building compelling narratives and visual collaterals. Whether it is designing a brand mnemonic or creating exciting campaigns in science, technology, innovation and diplomacy, you will be at the forefront of our efforts to create content that resonates with our audiences.

    At Science Gallery Bengaluru, you will contribute to various design collaterals for exhibitions and public engagement programmes. These include publications as well as graphics for social media campaigns across various platforms. You will get an exciting opportunity to work on projects at the interface of science and culture. 

    And that’s not all. You will get to connect with our network of industry experts to gain insights on the trending topics of tomorrow. Goes without saying, you will also have the chance to explore India, a country that has inspired many thriving artists and designers.

    Apply now if you’re eager to create something exciting every day.

    Apply now

    Innovation Associate

    We are excited to add a talented Innovation Associate to our team. Most Swiss businesses find internationalisation to India challenging and so the Innovation team at Swissnex in India helps smoothen that process for Swiss businesses. We help them analyse the market, strategise go-to market approaches and build their business model based on potential customer feedback. Apart from direct market entry, Swiss businesses also look to India for inspiration, technology scouting and learning to build affordable and accessible products. We help them realise these goals.

    Swissnex in India is committed to advancing areas that are important for the future of both the countries such as health resiliencedecarbonisation and digital transformation. If working in innovation on these topics resonates with you, we invite you to apply.

    Apply now

    Academic Engagement Associate

    Do you feel hopeful about the future? We do. Why? Because science continuously produces knowledge and innovation to address complex situations like urban mobility, antimicrobial resistance, species decline and climate change. The Academic Engagement team at Swissnex in India feels passionate about the power of knowledge, and about leveraging this power across borders and disciplines.

    We connect scientific communities in India and Switzerland in areas that will define the future. These areas encompass not just biodiversity, climate change and health under the larger umbrella of sustainability, but also digital transformation and future technologies. We take a wide and creative yet strategic approach to do this and are looking to complement the team with someone who shares this notion.

    We are looking for individuals with robust academic training, an eye for detail, and a deep interest to learn, discover and develop beyond their subject matter knowledge and expertise. Our work thrives on creative, proactive and inclusive thinking.

    If that sounds like you, apply to join our team. This is an opportunity for you to tread beyond your discipline while broadening your interaction with academia in a strategic way. Discover the intersection of academia and startups, innovation and corporates, and let your Swiss peers experience Indian excellence in science and technology at your hands. Highly-motivated, open-minded graduates get to join a forward-thinking diplomatic mission with a focus on science, technology and innovation.

    Apply now
  • San Francisco

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  • India

    Design Associate in Partnership with Science Gallery Bengaluru

    Are you a design student who gets fixated on aesthetics and layouts and colours and fonts? Does the art of communication inspire you? Are you looking to push the boundaries of your learning and gain international exposure?

    Look no further! 

    In partnership with Science Gallery Bengaluru, we are seeking a skilled design associate with unbounded creativity and a keen eye for detail. Here’s a unique opportunity to support two creative and forward-looking organisations. 80% of your commitment and output would be towards Swissnex in India and 20% towards Science Gallery Bengaluru.

    At Swissnex in India, you will contribute visually to our work in health, sustainability, digital transformation and beyond, and will work alongside a talented and driven team committed to building compelling narratives and visual collaterals. Whether it is designing a brand mnemonic or creating exciting campaigns in science, technology, innovation and diplomacy, you will be at the forefront of our efforts to create content that resonates with our audiences.

    At Science Gallery Bengaluru, you will contribute to various design collaterals for exhibitions and public engagement programmes. These include publications as well as graphics for social media campaigns across various platforms. You will get an exciting opportunity to work on projects at the interface of science and culture. 

    And that’s not all. You will get to connect with our network of industry experts to gain insights on the trending topics of tomorrow. Goes without saying, you will also have the chance to explore India, a country that has inspired many thriving artists and designers.

    Apply now if you’re eager to create something exciting every day.

    Apply now

    Innovation Associate

    We are excited to add a talented Innovation Associate to our team. Most Swiss businesses find internationalisation to India challenging and so the Innovation team at Swissnex in India helps smoothen that process for Swiss businesses. We help them analyse the market, strategise go-to market approaches and build their business model based on potential customer feedback. Apart from direct market entry, Swiss businesses also look to India for inspiration, technology scouting and learning to build affordable and accessible products. We help them realise these goals.

    Swissnex in India is committed to advancing areas that are important for the future of both the countries such as health resiliencedecarbonisation and digital transformation. If working in innovation on these topics resonates with you, we invite you to apply.

    Apply now

    Academic Engagement Associate

    Do you feel hopeful about the future? We do. Why? Because science continuously produces knowledge and innovation to address complex situations like urban mobility, antimicrobial resistance, species decline and climate change. The Academic Engagement team at Swissnex in India feels passionate about the power of knowledge, and about leveraging this power across borders and disciplines.

    We connect scientific communities in India and Switzerland in areas that will define the future. These areas encompass not just biodiversity, climate change and health under the larger umbrella of sustainability, but also digital transformation and future technologies. We take a wide and creative yet strategic approach to do this and are looking to complement the team with someone who shares this notion.

    We are looking for individuals with robust academic training, an eye for detail, and a deep interest to learn, discover and develop beyond their subject matter knowledge and expertise. Our work thrives on creative, proactive and inclusive thinking.

    If that sounds like you, apply to join our team. This is an opportunity for you to tread beyond your discipline while broadening your interaction with academia in a strategic way. Discover the intersection of academia and startups, innovation and corporates, and let your Swiss peers experience Indian excellence in science and technology at your hands. Highly-motivated, open-minded graduates get to join a forward-thinking diplomatic mission with a focus on science, technology and innovation.

    Apply now
  • Boston and New York

    General Interest

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  • Brazil

    Junior Project Manager (Internship)

    Join our Team!

    Two Junior Project Manager positions are open in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Start: ideally, 1st September 2024. Apply until 22 April.

    Swissnex in Brazil: Connecting Tomorrow in education, research and innovation

    The mission of Swissnex in Brazil is to nurture the Swiss innovation ecosystem with ideas, concepts and contacts to help Switzerland maintain and strengthen its competitive edge. We foster dialogue and enable collaboration among opinion leaders, researchers and practitioners in education, research and innovation between Brazil and Switzerland. As part of the Swissnex global network, we connect Switzerland, Brazil and the world in education, research and innovation. We support the outreach and active engagement of our partners in the international exchange of knowledge, ideas and talent. The six main Swissnex locations are established in some of the world’s most innovative regions: Boston, Brazil, China, India, Japan 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.

    Job Description: Junior Project Manager (Internship)

    As part of the Swissnex team in Brazil, you are expected to take ownership of accomplishing new and different requests from Swiss and Brazilian stakeholders. You will be working in some of the most dynamic cities in the world, where opportunities and encounters are constantly happening. You will have the chance to explore such opportunities and contribute directly to innovative, scientific and entrepreneurial projects by giving inputs, connecting people, doing research, organizing events and coordinating suppliers.

    Tasks and Responsibilities

    Reactively and proactively work with the Swissnex CEO and the core team of Swissnex Brazil in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to accomplish tasks and respond to requests; assist and, where possible, take full ownership of the professional implementation of projects and events; and contribute with new ideas and initiatives to further Swissnex’ unique mission and objectives. That includes:

    • Event Planning & Management: active participation in and contribution to events and learning expeditions/delegation visits;
    • Logistics & Administration: active support with logistics needed to run Swissnex, its office and events; 
    • ‘Connecting the dots’ & Networking: act as a connector between people and ideas.
    Detailed Overview of Tasks

    Event Planning & Management:  

    • Conduct research & participate in brainstorming for event topics;
    • Independent planning, preparation, and execution of projects and events;
    • Identify, contact, and coach potential speakers/exhibitors/participants;
    • Manage local stakeholders, service companies, and suppliers;
    • Assist with public relations and communication between partners, sponsors, and other project partners.

    Logistics & Administration:

    • Draft funding applications and reports;
    • Update and maintain event project database;
    • Logistical organization, including setting up the event room, cleaning, welcoming, and registering guests;
    • Take charge of AV management during events & generally support the ‘back-end’ of events;
    • Execute administrative duties such as assisting in-office maintenance, basic IT support, mail distribution, and hospitality.

    ‘Connecting the dots’ & Networking: 

    • Reactively and proactively promote collaboration between people and organizations in Switzerland and Brazil;
    • Occasionally attend events, conferences, and meetings as a Swissnex representative, and share contacts, findings, and learnings with the Swissnex team.

    What we look for in a Candidate

    General / Personality

    • Outgoing, communicative; avid networker and connector;
    • Independent, self-motivated;
    • Hands-on, proactive;
    • Visionary, creative, resourceful;
    • Passionate about Brazil;
    • Dedication to further Swiss excellence in science, education, innovation, and art.

    Background / Experience

    • Recent Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (starting date maximum 1 year after graduation date);
    • Proven experience planning and managing events and/or projects; 
    • Professional mastery of Portuguese language (reading and speaking, B2 level or more); 
    • Professional mastery of at least one Swiss national language; 
    • Professional mastery of the English language; 
    • International experience (Brazilian and Swiss experience a plus).

    Skills

    • Proven organizational skills and ability to multi-task;
    • Ability to independently implement projects;
    • Excellent people and communication skills (verbal and written);
    • Attention to detail;
    • Solid time management and ability to prioritize;
    • Web and social media savvy are a plus.

    Important Information

    • This is a 100% position. Ideal start date: 1st of September 2024;
    • Contract minimum duration: 6 months, maximum 12 months;
    • The position requires flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends;
    • Swiss citizenship or EU studying/recent graduate in Switzerland + valid work permit in Switzerland required;
    • Candidates with dual nationality, Swiss and Brazilian, are not eligible for this position;
    • Proficiency in the Portuguese language is mandatory.
    • Apply until 22 April.
    Apply now
  • China

    Head of Innovation @ Swissnex in China

    Start: March/April 2024

    Contract Duration: 24 months (with the possibility to extend)

    Workload: Full-time, 40 hours / week

    Location: Shanghai

     

    About Swissnex

    Swissnex in China strengthens and advances Sino-Swiss collaboration in the fields of education, research and innovation. We create opportunities for Swiss universities, researchers, startups and corporates to expand their reach and to build meaningful partnerships in China. Our activities include:

    • Working with universities and research institutions on events, partnerships and network-building.
    • Accelerating entrepreneurs and assisting startups in entering the Chinese market.
    • Advising corporations, non-profits and international organizations on innovation trends and best practices in China.
    • Collaborating with artists and designers on innovative projects at the intersection of art and science.
    • Supporting innovators and thought leaders to expand their presence in China.

    We tackle the key issues of tomorrow by connecting people and inspiring global collaboration at the frontline of international science diplomacy. Swissnex is an initiative of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation and part of Switzerland’s official network abroad. Swissnex has six offices around the world in Boston, Brazil, India, San Francisco, Japan and China, where it is an Annex of the Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai.

    Position Summary

    We are looking for a new Head of Innovation for the strategic lead and implementation of Swissnex in China’s innovation and startup programs. A key role is to observe and analyse trends across innovation disciplines in China. The scouted information is then translated into meaningful and actionable information for our clients and stakeholders (“innovation services”). Formats include reporting, organizing seminars, public events, discovery expeditions, developing strategic partnerships. Furthermore, the candidate will also act as Deputy to the CEO and will therefore be involved in the strategic development of Swissnex in China.

    Main Responsibilities
    • Deliver and co-curate superior services to new and existing clients.
    • Foster and develop networks and relationships in the Swiss and Chinese “innovation economies” with a focus on entrepreneurship, science & technology and innovation.
    • Research and report on innovation-related topics of interest to Swissnex and its stakeholders. Facilitate knowledge exchange between Switzerland and China. Translate acquired knowledge into expertise to strengthen Swissnex’ services, relevance and visibility.
    • Assist Swiss entrepreneurs and accelerate Swiss startups interested in China with targeted programs and services.
    • Build and grow relationships with Swiss corporations to engage in services like scouting, partnership development and more.
    • Manage a team of currently 2 FTEs
    • Deputize on a very regular basis for the CEO and collaborate closely with the CEO on the overall continuous, strategic development of Swissnex in China.
    Requirements
    • Team player with a high sense of responsibility, curiosity and interest for a wide range of topics. Entrepreneurial mindset, forward-thinking, flexible and self-starter.
    • Knowledge of, and networks in the Swiss and Chinese startup and innovation ecosystems.
    • Strong organizational skills with a proactive, hands-on and pragmatic attitude. Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment with attention to detail and commitment to excellence.
    • Networker with the ability to thrive in an international, multicultural and interdisciplinary environment and make contacts with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, positions, ranks and responsibilities.
    • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English and at least one Swiss national language. Knowledge of Chinese is an asset.
    • Ability to work outside regular office hours when needed, mainly for events, visiting groups and travel.
    • MA/MS degree with 2-6 years of experience in fields related to entrepreneurship and innovation.
    • A strong enthusiasm for Swissnex’ mission!
    General Conditions

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

    Application

    Interested? 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, work certificates, and letters of reference if available
    Apply now
  • Japan

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