STI - Space Science and Technology Advisor 80-100%

EmployerSwiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, EPFL
Closing Date
WorkplaceLausanne, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland
Environment / Sustainable Development
PositionRegular Employment / Collaborator



The mission of the Swiss Space Center SSC is to foster the Swiss Space Community and strengthen its position and competitiveness in a global and highly dynamic environment. The center supports its members and partners and contributes to the implementation the Swiss space policy by:

  • networking Swiss actors at national and international level
  • facilitating access to space projects for established actors and for newcomers
  • providing education and training
  • promoting public awareness of space

As an entity with nationwide activities the SSC has offices at both Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH) in Lausanne and Zürich.

To strengthen our activities in technical and business-related topics we are looking for a

Space Science and Technology Advisor
80-100 % (ideally 100%)

to commence by 1. January 2018 or upon agreement (1-year contract, renewable). The Space Center’s mandate covers a wide range of domains, which is reflected in our - and your future - activities. You will

  • provide technical and administrative support to Swiss actors in their space-related projects,
  • aid the identification and maturation of space-related products, technologies or services (spin-in, spin-off, dedicated development or applications based on space assets),
  • participate in the monitoring and assessment of studies funded by the Swiss Space Office of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI/SSO) and managed by the Swiss Space Center to reinforce the technological and scientific capabilities of Swiss entities in the space sector,
  • implant the spark of passion into the next generation of space enthusiasts and specialists, and
  • contribute to the development of the Swiss Space Center

Two domains that are especially in our focus, and that also have recently been added to the Swiss Space Implementation Plan of the SERI/SSO issued a few weeks ago (web link*), are firstly Earth Observation and GNSS and the related applications, and secondly Educational initiatives. Experience and interest in these two areas would be a strong asset.

For this position you have a university degree and preferably 1-2 years’ work experience, ideally in the domains of Engineering or Science. A good knowledge in space technologies as well of the Swiss space landscape both at academic and industrial levels are an asset.

You focus on results, follow a structured approach to your work, and keep the overview, even in hectic moments, without losing sight of the details. To assume new tasks and constantly improve processes is in your nature, and you have imagination and motivation to bring in and implement your own ideas. You are willing to travel within Switzerland, and are able to communicate fluently in English and at least one Swiss national language.

You are self-motivated and take initiative to get things done, but above all you are a genuine team player and your open personality allows you to work with ease with persons from varied backgrounds. We would be happy to find in you the right person to become a member of our team and join in to build and strengthen the Swiss Space Community.

We look forward to receiving your application! The deadline for submission is 1. December 2017. Please send your application to: [at] epfl[.]ch

*Web link : >


In your application, please refer to
and reference  JobID 37975.

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