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Academic Internship in Science Outreach & Diplomacy

Starting           May 1, 2020 until October 31, 2020 / 6 months                                                 

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 highly motivated Science Outreach & Diplomacy Academic Intern who is passionate about advancing scientific outreach and communicating the importance and impact of science to society. As Junior Project Manager, you will work closely with the CEO and the Communications team to compile and publish our science newsletters informing on the most exciting scientific developments, emerging trends and collaborative opportunities in Switzerland and China. By finding and publicizing the most newsworthy scientific papers coming out of both countries, you will gain real-world experience working as a public information officer at an official representation of Switzerland in one of the fastest-changing regions of the world. Additionally, you will be tasked with supporting the CEO with the coordination of science diplomacy projects and high-profile delegation visits. In this role you will not only be afforded the opportunity to take part in the planning and execution of exciting events and other activities, you will also be able to extend your personal network of contacts and gain practical experience by supporting the team in administrative and operational tasks. Our hard-working, super friendly and supportive team will be there to help guide you on this extraordinary journey.

 

Responsibilities

  • Research: Identify newsworthy information and trends from university / public outlets and scientific journals for the science newsletters. Serve as a resource and advocate for Swiss-based research, science and innovation.
  • Communications and Outreach: Manage a variety of outreach and communications-related tasks, including but not limited to overseeing the science newsletters, social media support and collating science and technology-related news articles for both internal and external audiences. Draft a variety of written material including news releases, articles, newsletters, blog posts and correspondence.
  • Project Coordination: Assist in managing and scheduling science diplomacy projects (S&T Diplomatic Circle) and delegation visits.
  • ‘Connecting the dots’ & Networking: Act as a connector between people and ideas. Get connected with scientists and researchers and look for synergies. Attend relevant events, conferences and meetings in China. Cultivate existing relations with partners and stakeholders and develop new contacts and networks in China.
  • Assist the team with the organization and implementation of special events 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. Please note that a valid clean criminal record is prerequisite for the start of the internship.
  • 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
  • Experience in or strong understanding of the fields of science, technology and innovation
  • Strong competency in conducting research and excellent writing skills
  • Enthusiasm for swissnex’s mission: furthering and promoting Swiss excellence in education, research and innovation
  • Prior experience in event organization and/or project management in a similar field is welcomed
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work autonomously as well as in a team
  • Problem-solving skills with the self-motivation to make things happen with a positive outlook
  • Fast-thinking, proactive, organized, reliable, flexible and creative
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; knowledge of international and, preferably, local social media
  • Excellent command of English and at least one Swiss national language (German, French, Italian or Romansh); knowledge of Chinese (Mandarin) highly welcome

 

General Conditions

  • The internship is subject to Swiss law.
  • 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 March 15, 2020 (or until suitable candidate is identified)!

 

Your application must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter (letter of motivation) and CV/résumé
  • 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.

Announcement Related to the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

Dear friends, partners and collaborators,

Due to the current situation relating to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, swissnex China has decided to postpone or cancel our events in February: your health and safety are of utmost importance to us. Guests already registered to the events will receive a notification by email and we will update you should the event be rescheduled or reformatted as a webinar.

Our Shanghai office will remain open during this time and our team can be reached by email. Team: www.swissnexchina.org/en/about/team/

 

Events affected:

Café des Sciences: The Design Mindset (cancelled – originally scheduled for February 20)

Fireside Chat: Build an Empowering Business Ecosystem with Lucas Rondez (postponed – originally scheduled for February 25)

Visual SLAM: Application, Introduction & Research Trends (postponed – originally scheduled for February 28)

4th International Expert Forum on New Energy Industry Innovation – Sino-Swiss Cooperation (cancelled – originally scheduled for March 17 & 18)

 

swissnex China will continue to monitor the situation in close cooperation with the Embassy of Switzerland in China and other official Swiss representations in China. We are grateful for the extraordinary efforts that the Chinese government has made to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and we give our profound respect and thanks to all the brave healthcare professionals and frontline workers. We are impressed by the resilience of the Chinese people in such difficult circumstances.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and China. We will continuously stick to the spirit of cooperation and partnership, going ahead irrespective of any difficulties. We are all in this together and we can only overcome this global challenge together.

Swiss Ambassador Regazzoni’s video message: http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202002/10/WS5e40fa65a310128217276548.html

Again, we apologize for the inconveniences and thank you for your understanding and support. Stay healthy and safe!

 

swissnex China Team

Academic Internship in PR & Communications at swissnex China in Shanghai

Starting             April 6, 2020 until September 30, 2020 / 6 Months

Workload           100%

Located in          22F, Bldg. A, Far East International Plaza, 319 XianXia Road, Shanghai, China

 

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, trans-disciplinary 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 PR & Communications Manager with exceptional creative energy to help us promote swissnex China’s many projects and activities. As an outgoing media-savvy marketer with outstanding communications, media relations and organizational skills, you will complement our team by coordinating and supporting our communications activities with external and internal stakeholders. The ideal candidate is able to work across disciplines, happy to embrace and lead change, and ready to help us bring swissnex’s outreach to the next level. As Junior PR & Communications Manager at swissnex China, you will be joining a dynamic and supportive team working in a fast-paced, creative and collaborative environment at our Shanghai office.

Responsibilities

  • General Communications: report to and support the Communications Team in further developing, strengthening and implementing swissnex China’s on- and offline communications strategy. Working closely with the swissnex China team, engage in marketing & communications tasks related to swissnex projects and activities, from copywriting, translation, marketing analytics, graphics work to videos editing. Help maintain and grow database of contacts for the swissnex CRM: invitations, newsletters (MailChimp) and announcements.
  • Content Creation: active contribution to events and delegation visits by assisting with photography, videos, blogs and interviews. Develop and maintain a library of high-quality copy, photo, video and other digital assets for our end-of-year Annual Report.
  • Web & Social Media: help develop a solid and coherent communications strategy, and ensure a positive and innovative presence of swissnex China across various web/social media channels. Conceptualize compelling content, schedule and implement social media / web campaigns using the Social Media Calendar.
  • ‘Connecting the dots’ & Networking: act as a connector between people and ideas.
  • Other administrative and support duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Swiss or Chinese passport holder (CH / CN citizenship only)
  • Excellent command of English and Mandarin; knowledge of a Swiss National language (German, French, Italian or Romansh) would be an advantage
  • Strong creative ability in copywriting, video / photo editing and graphic design with samples of your work to share
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop / InDesign / Premiere Pro) highly desired
  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree, preferably from a Swiss University or University of Applied Sciences
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal, avid networker and strong presentation skills
  • Proven ability to work well and prioritize tasks under pressure while maintaining a positive attitude
  • Serious attention to detail and commitment to excellence
  • Proactive, reliable, independent, team player, organized
  • Previous experience in a PR and / or Communications role preferred
  • Fluency in multiple social media channels: WeChat / Weibo / LinkedIn / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram
  • Experience or understanding of science, technology and innovation, and enthusiasm for swissnex’s mission: furthering and promoting Swiss excellence in education, research and innovation

General Conditions

  • Please note that the conditions of employment are local, no expatriate contract
  • Personal costs and expenses, such as accommodation and traveling expenses are not being covered or reimbursed

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

Send your full application to this LINK until March 15, 2020!

Your application must include the following documents:

  • Letter of Motivation
  • CV
  • Copies of letters of reference, university diplomas, and transcript of records, as well as work certificates
  • Portfolio of your graphic design work (optional, but strongly desired)

We will reply to incoming applications after the deadline. No phone call inquiries please.

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

FAQs about Innosuisse Market Entry Camp

Why expand to China?

China has become the second largest economy in the world, leading the way in fields such as smartphones, where it is the world’s largest smartphone market with over 700 million active users. Given its market size, purchasing power and enthusiasm for technology, China presents market opportunities that MNCs, SMEs and even start-ups cannot afford to miss.

What is to expect?

Entrepreneurship is hard enough without having to address the challenges of a new country, language, and culture. With its significant differences and culture shock, in China you need an ability to adapt fast and learn quickly if you are to succeed in China. China is keen to invest in technology and eager to use innovative methods and to collaborate with global partners.

What is the state of innovation?   

China is the second largest R&D spender and the country’s enthusiasm for research and development is driven by its economic dynamism and long-term commitment to science and technology innovation. The scale of China is so big that each region has its own innovation character. Enterprise innovation has gained traction in recent years, and features incremental technology innovation and business model innovation. The rise of giant companies such as Alibaba, Tencent and Huawei illustrates the focus on innovation in the Chinese ecosystem. There are over 1300 incubators and accelerators across the country.

What’s the good thing about China?

The country is developing quickly, so the market is still full of opportunities for those who embrace adventure and the entrepreneurial spirit.
Swiss brands are popular with the Chinese and are seem as a symbol of quality. With its huge and developing market, China offers enormous potential for companies planning to expand to China

..and what’s the challenge?

With a population that exceeds 1.3 billion people and a landmass larger than the United States, China’s sheer size and scale presents challenges uniquely distinct from any other market; the country is highly segmented, with diverse characters in different regions. Also, the allure of market size sometimes hides the intensity of competition. An ability to adapt and cater to local demand will either be a recipe for success or a challenge for doing business in China

What brings swissnex China to the table?

swissnex China is active in integrating innovation elements in China and offers Swiss startups a valuable local network and knowledge. We collaborate closely with public and private sector partners in an effort to foster relationships with mutual benefits and attempt to build a strong link between China and Switzerland.

In addition, we organize and sponsor several startup programs, such as Innosuisse Market entry Camp. CES Asias and Venture Leaders. You are welcome to explore our website to find more about our mission and the services we offer.

What does success for a Market Validation Camp or Maket Entry Camp look like in your case?

  • MVC success is a first-hand understanding of the market segment and a clear vision how to validate the products, market, to understand how to enter, and concrete plans to return for pursuing that vision.
  • MEC success: approach to potential clients/partners/ distributors; keep a good follow up with potential contacts and swift them to cooperation; figure out the USP; knowledge about how to protect IP; ready to launch in China market etc.

How do you typically structure your Camp? 

  • Understand the startup’s status/ products/ services
  • Related China market research
  • Modification of the milestones together with the startup and Innosuisse
  • Represent the startups and make efforts to explore possible opportunities to help the startups realize their objectives.

For startups, how does your role look like during Innosuisse Market Entry Camp?

Through market entry camp, startups will receive customized support to leverage your first steps in China market. We act like part of your team, to reach your potential cooperation partners, customers, IP consultant etc.

Back to Innosuisse Market Entry Camp

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.

Apply for the Sino-Swiss Business Awards to become the 2019 Most Innovative Startup

swissnex China is partnering up with SwissCham for this year’s Sino-Swiss Business Awards (SSBA). We are proud to be supporting swissnex Innovative Start-up / Entrepreneur Award entirely dedicated to Innovation and startups, putting Switzerland’s world-leading innovation on the main stage.

The awards are open to organizations and individuals related to the Sino-Swiss landscape, and the winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony on November 1st, 2019 at the Four Seasons Beijing.

Here is what it takes to apply:

swissnex Innovative Start-up / Entrepreneur Award

Open to Swiss or Chinese startups and entrepreneurs, this award will recognize milestones in innovation and Sino-Swiss cooperation in the field of new business ideas.
Complete this form and apply by Sunday, Sep 15 by sending it to daniela.reinau@nullbei.swisscham.org!

Want to learn more about the event and the nomination procedure?
This way >> SSBA Website

Academic Internship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Starting             September 1, 2019 until February 29, 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • Communications: Create promotional online and offline material. Actively contribute to social media presence.
  • ‘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 or Chinese passport holder (CN/CH citizenship only)
  • Bachelor or Master’s degree (not older than 1 year), 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 and local social media
  • Fluency in one Swiss National language (German, French, Italian or Romansh); excellent written and oral command of English; knowledge of Chinese (Mandarin) highly preferred

General Conditions

Please note that expenses for accommodation, traveling, visa and residence/working permit are not covered or reimbursed.

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

Send your full application to this LINK until June 30, 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 after the deadline. No phone call inquiries please.

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