Program Co-Manager
University of Zurich

URPP Evolution in Action

Program Co-Manager
50 %

The University Research Priority Program (URPP) "Evolution in Action: From Genomes to Ecosystems" is an interdisciplinary program of the University of Zurich (UZH). Understanding evolutionary mechanisms is important for both basic and applied aspects of biology and medicine. The URPP Evolution in Actionbrings together more than 100 scientists interested in evolutionary questions. It thus plays an important integrative role for diverse disciplines at the UZH.

Your responsibilities

  • Proactive communication with participating research groups (i.e. professors, postdocs, PhD students, administrative assistants)
  • Writing of reports and other official documents
  • Support and counseling for PhD students
  • Organization of retreats, seminars, and meetings (including journalizing)
  • Public outreach activities, including events and website management
  • Planning and controlling of URPP finances
  • Coordination of HR aspects with participating research groups
  • Support of the URPP Directors, Steering Committee, and general secretarial duties

Your profile

  • PhD or MSc in Natural Sciences, preferably Biology
  • Practical experience in relevant scientific management positions or a demonstrated interest in managerial duties
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and leadership skills
  • Solid command of MS-office programs. Knowledge of SAP is an asset
  • Excellent command of English and German, both spoken and in writing. Please send your application documents in either English or German. Interviews will be held in English and German.

What we offer

This is a temporary position until end of 2023. We offer a friendly and international environment at the main work place, which is located at the Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology in the midst of the beautiful Botanical Garden of Zurich. The position is embedded in an active and engaged network of scientists from more than 10 different departments of the UZH. We further offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work in home office. Compensation is according to the hiring guidelines of the canton Zurich. The UZH is an equal opportunity employer.

Place of work

Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Botanical Garden, Zollikerstrasse 107, 8008 Zurich

Start of employment

February 2021 or by mutual agreement

Further information

Mira Portmann, Program Coordinator URPP Evolution

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