Specialist for Open Science - Akademien Schweiz

In January 2022, Swissuniversities, the Swiss Academies for Arts and Sciences, the ETH Board and the Swiss National Science Foundation published the Action Plan for Open Research Data (ORD). They want to introduce a bundle of measures to change the way we deal with research data is Switzerland. The plan is divided into four fields of action:

  • Support researchers and research communities in adopting ORD practices
  • Provide sustainable and useful basic infrastructures and services for all researchers
  • Equip researchers for ORD skills development and exchange of best practices
  • Create conditions that are conducive to the implementation of ORD practices in institutions and research communities

The Action Plan operationalizes the ORD Strategy adopted in 2021. Each participating institution is responsible for the implementation of several task. A nine-strong Strategy Council with members from all participating institutions oversees the strategic management.

The role of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences are tasked with the formation of a permanent Sounding Board of researchers. The Sounding Board will advise the Strategic Council on the implementation of the Action Plan by bringing in the perspective of Swiss research. Furthermore, the Academies will create and manage various networks around ORD and launch an ORD prize.

To implement the measures assigned to them in the ORD Action Plan, the Swiss Academies have created a new post for a senior Open Science specialist. From the next semester on, the senior position will be assisted by a junior position.

Job description

Specialist (senior position) for Open Science with a focus on open research data (70–80 %)

  • Starting date: 1 September 2022 or as per agreement
  • Workplace: a five-minute walk from the main station of Bern
  • Application deadline: 10 June 2022

Are you looking for a challenging task in the dynamic area of science strategy? Do you enjoy carrying out conceptual and organizational tasks and working with researchers from a wide range of disciplines to promote the vision of Open Science? Are you interested in building up a new business area in a network organization?


  • Management of the implementation of ORD measures of the Swiss Academies
  • Organizational support of the Sounding Board Researchers for the implementation of the ORD action plan (preparing meetings and carrying out follow-up work, acting as a contact person for the Coordination Group and the ORD Strategy Council, writing drafts of the Board’s statements)
  • Community building activities in cooperation with research groups on ORD practices
  • Responsibility for and involvement in accompanying communication activities
  • Call for tenders and supervision of studies or other commissioned work in the ORD field
  • Responsibility for the implementation of the future ORD Prize of the Swiss Academies.


  • A university degree, preferably with a PhD
  • Very good knowledge of Open Science activities with a focus on research data
  • A reliable network within the Swiss research community
  • Very good written and oral communication skills
  • Native speaker of German or French with very good command of the other national language as well as English (the working language of the Sounding Board will be English)
  • Organizational skills, independent working method, open and outgoing personality.


Please send your written application with all relevant documents by 10 June 2022