Month: October 2019

Academic Internship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Starting           February 1, 2020 until July 31, 2020 / 6 months

Workload           100%

Located in          swissnex China, Shanghai

 

swissnex China is the Science Consulate of Switzerland for China, connecting the dots between the two countries in education, research and innovation. Our mission is to provide a multi-faceted, transdisciplinary platform to facilitate international exchange in ideas, knowledge and talent. We operate on a non-profit, public-private partnership model, working closely with our extensive network of partners comprising of universities, research labs, innovators, startups, corporations and international organizations on fostering collaboration and ground-breaking innovation.

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 innovation and entrepreneurship related activities and events. Acting as a connector between people and ideas, you will prepare, develop, execute and post-process events in the exciting world of startups, innovation and technology. Working as Junior Project Manager for swissnex 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 able to work across disciplines, happy to embrace and lead change, and ready to help us bring swissnex China’s outreach to the next level. Our international, super friendly and supportive team will be there to help guide you on this extraordinary journey.

 

Responsibilities

  • Project Management: Main project: #SwissTech Pavilion at CES ASIA 2020 – Active support with the organization of startup, innovation and technology related activities and events, including project planning, fundraising and logistics. Assist with the design and implementation of in-house and external startup and entrepreneurship projects, events, delegation visits, conferences, workshops and fairs. Project reporting and catchy storytelling for blogs, social media etc.
  • Communications: Create project related and general promotional online and offline content. Actively contribute to social media presence.
  • Research and Trend Scouting: Conduct research on specific topics which are of relevance to startups and/or innovation mandates. Identify new trends and developments in the fields of innovation and technology. Prepare and hold presentations introducing the Sino-Swiss innovative landscape to visiting delegations.
  • ‘Connecting the dots’ & Networking: Cultivate and develop network with partners and stakeholders from the Sino-Swiss startup, innovation and technology scene. Attend relevant events, conferences and meetings in China.
  • Assist the team with the organization of special events, science diplomacy projects and high-profile delegation visits.
  • Other administrative and support duties such as organization of weekly staff meeting as assigned.

 

Requirements

  • Swiss (with official residence in Switzerland) or Chinese citizenship
  • Bachelor and master’s students and graduates (start of internship within 1 year after graduation), preferably from a Swiss university or university of applied sciences
  • Prior experience in event organization and/or project management in a similar field preferred
  • Strong interest in startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem as well as in science, technology and innovation
  • Enthusiasm for swissnex’s mission: furthering and promoting Swiss excellence in education, research and innovation
  • 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
  • Proactive, reliable, organized, flexible and creative
  • Serious attention to detail and commitment to excellence
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office as well as knowledge of international social media landscape
  • Excellent written and oral command of English; fluency in one Swiss National language (German, French, Italian or Romansh); knowledge of Chinese (Mandarin) highly preferred

 

General Conditions

  • Please note that the conditions of employment are local, no expatriate contract.
  • Please note that costs for accommodation and traveling as well as expenses related to visa and working/residence permit are to be borne by the candidate and will not be covered or reimbursed by the employer.

 

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

Send your full application to this LINK until December 1, 2019!

 

Your application must include the following documents:

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

 

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.

Operations Manager at swissnex China in Shanghai

Start                        February 1, 2020 or upon agreement       

Workload                 100%

Location                   swissnex China, Shanghai

 

swissnex China is the Science Consulate of Switzerland for China, connecting the dots between the two countries in education, research and innovation. Our mission is to provide a multi-faceted, transdisciplinary platform to facilitate international exchange in ideas, knowledge and talent. We operate on a non-profit, public-private partnership model, working closely with our extensive network of partners comprising of universities, research labs, innovators, startups, corporations and international organizations on fostering collaboration and ground-breaking innovation.

We are looking for a bright, self-driven and ambitious Operations Manager with a can-do attitude and a passion for smooth practices to run and optimize swissnex China’s operational activities and processes. As a reliable and service-oriented enthusiast demonstrating excellent organizational skills you will complement our team by coordinating and overseeing projects, mandates and resources while following a pragmatic and proactive approach. You will not only work closely together with the team to boost the qualitative output of projects and activities; you will also closely collaborate with the CEO to advance the development of swissnex China as a whole. Additionally, you will support the coordination of science diplomacy projects and high-profile delegation visits. The ideal candidate is open minded, able to work across disciplines in a foreign environment and happy to embrace challenges and lead change. This role will not only provide you with a unique opportunity to further develop your professional skills, it will also allow you to extend your personal network of contacts in the exciting field of science, research and innovation. As Operations Manager at swissnex China you will be joining an international, highly dynamic and most supportive team, working in a fast-paced, creative and collaborative ecosystem.

Responsibilities

  • Project Controlling: Project planning and coordination with CEO and team. Monitor project requests, reporting and budgeting. Manage mandates and agreements with various partners and stakeholders and keep comprehensive overview including deadlines. Ensure compliance with organizational handbook. Collaborate closely with Financial Officer for budget planning and adherence with regulations. Some basic accounting knowledge of advantage.
  • Line Management: Develop, optimize and streamline operational processes; oversee and ensure efficient implementation within the team. Look for potential issues and work proactively on structural improvements.
  • Human Resources: Draft job descriptions, conduct interviews and manage recruitments. Process and record HR data with HR tool. Observe performances of and act as mentor to the team. Treat job requests.
  • General Administration: CRM, treatment of external requests, archiving, risk management, etc.
  • ‘Connecting the dots’ & Networking: Act as a connector between people and ideas. Cultivate and develop network with partners and stakeholders from the Sino-Swiss education, research and innovation community. Introduce swissnex China to visiting delegations and hold presentations, if requested.

Requirements

  • Swiss passport holder (CH citizenship only)
  • Master’s degree, preferably from a Swiss university or university of applied sciences
  • Excellent written and oral command of English. Knowledge of a Swiss national language and Mandarin preferred
  • Proven working experience in project coordination and/or management
  • Strong readiness for operational, HR and administrative tasks
  • Flair for numbers and controlling
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; avid networker and enthusiastic presenter
  • Reliable, organized, result-oriented, independent
  • Strong sensibility for intercultural management; team player
  • Serious attention to detail and commitment to excellence
  • Enthusiasm for swissnex’s mission to promote Swiss excellence in education, research and innovation
  • Experience with Office tools and Mac OS; knowledge of other operational tools welcome

General Conditions

  • Please note that the conditions of employment are local, no expatriate contract.
  • Please note that costs for accommodation and traveling are to be borne by the candidate and will not be covered or reimbursed by the employer.

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

Send your full application to this LINK until December 31, 2019!

Your application must include the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation and resumé (CV)
  • Copies of letters of reference, work certificates and university diplomas, including transcript of records

 

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.

Two Swiss Scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics

Two Swiss Scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics

 

On October 8, 2019, Swiss scientists Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, together with Canadian-American James Peebles for their groundbreaking work on cosmology and exoplanet.

09.10.2019 – At the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm on Tuesday, Swiss scientists Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz from the University of Geneva have been jointly awarded the US$ 910,000 prize with Canadian-American cosmologist James Peebles, Princeton University. “This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics rewards new understanding of the universe’s structure and history, and the first discovery of a planet orbiting a solar-type star outside our solar system,” according to the Nobel committee, “the discoveries have forever changed our conceptions of the world.”

 


 

“Simply extraordinary”

Astrophysicist Michel Mayor, 77, and astronomer Didier Queloz, 53, both of the University of Geneva, were honored for their discovery of the first exoplanet — a planet outside our solar system that orbits a sun-like star. Back in October 1995, they sparked a revolution in the search for life elsewhere in the universe when they discovered 51 Pegasi B, a gaseous ball comparable with Jupiter at time when, “no one knew whether exoplanets existed or not.”

Mayor and Queloz were able to find the exoplanet using a sophisticated technique known as Doppler spectroscopy, which measures the tiny wobble of a star that occurs as the star-planet pair move around a common center of gravity. This wobbling movement alternately blueshifts and redshifts the light from the star.

“This discovery is the most exciting of our entire career, and to be awarded a Nobel Prize is simply extraordinary,” Mayor and Queloz in a statement on Tuesday. “Maybe we can discover some form of life, we don’t know what kind of form.” Scientists have now identified more than 4,000 exoplanets, which are deemed by scientists have good conditions for life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Didier Queloz and Michel Mayor, the new Swiss Nobels laureates pictured in 2005.

(Keystone / Laurent Gillieron)

 

Swiss Excellence in Education and Innovation

The Nobel Prize in Physics is widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious award and is often a strong indicator of outstanding research on a national level.

Switzerland, renowned for its research, occupies a top position on the Nobel Prize charts with 28 Nobel Prizes (21 Scientific) awarded since 1901. The small alpine country boasts 32.77 Nobel laureates per 10 million inhabitants, dwarfing the United States’ 11.48 and the European Union’s average of 9.44. Among these Swiss scientists was Albert Einstein, who received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to theoretical physics.

Switzerland is able to consistently hold leading positions in international education, research and innovation indicators thanks to its world-class higher education and research institutions, supported by a robust economy and favorable governmental policies.