Swiss Sciences Night

Are you a student, post doc or reasearcher? At this exclusive event, you will have the opportunity to network with leading research and private sector institutions from Switzerland – and to flip through well over 100 job openings and research positions!

Event Details


The Visual Arts Center at MIT, Building E15
20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142 United States


February 24, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)




On the eve of the annual MIT European Career Fair, join swissnex Boston for its 7th annual Swiss Sciences Night. During this exclusive evening event, you will have the opportunity to network with leading research and private sector institutions from Switzerland, global leader in research and innovation.


SciencesNightEvent Agenda

6:30 pm Doors open
7:00 pm Welcome and brief introductions
7:15 pm Networking
9:00 pm Doors close

Albert Einstein once said, “Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.” Luckily, times have changed quite a bit since then, and careers in research and science have become more lucrative, with the potential for international travel and exchange. On February 24th, come learn about opportunities at universities and companies located all over Switzerland. Representatives from many institutions will be in attendance to answer your questions, and well over 100 job openings and research positions will be posted for your perusal.

After some quick introductions, you will be able to mingle and connect with representatives from the following institutions:

disneyDisney Research’s lab in Zurich is perfectly placed for easy access to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), whose formidable faculty in science and engineering includes 21 Nobel Laureates. With strong ties to the Computer Graphics lab at ETH, the Zurich lab is influencing video of the future with video manipulation, video coding, 3D, and perceptual studies, as well as computational cinematography, human and facial animation, and capture technologies. Additional strengths include wireless networking and computational materials.

Represented by: Moritz Baecher, Research Scientist


EPFL-472EPFL is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university with students, professors and staff from over 120 nations. A dynamic environment, open to Switzerland and the world, EPFL is centered on its three missions: teaching, research, and technology transfer. EPFL works together with an extensive network of partners including other universities and institutes of technology, developing and emerging countries, secondary schools and colleges, industry and economy, political circles and the general public, to bring about real impact for society.

Represented by: Laura Tibourcio de la Corre, Communication Manager, Study Programs Promotion; Seymour de Picciotto, Scientist, New Venture Lab at Moderna Therapeutics, EPFL Alumnus; Charlotte Fonta, Junior Project Manager at swissnex Boston, EPFL Alumna



Freedom and individual responsibility, entrepreneurial spirit and open-mindedness: ETH Zurich stands on a bedrock of true Swiss values. Dating back to 1855, when the founders of modern-day Switzerland created it as a center of innovation and knowledge, the university is a world renowned center for science and technology. At ETH Zurich, students discover an ideal environment for independent thinking, offering researchers a climate that inspires top performance. Situated in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, ETH Zurich is pioneering effective solutions to the global challenges of today and tomorrow in fields like physics, computer science, and robotics.

Represented by: Andreas Heinle, Office of Faculty Affairs


The Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Dealing directly and working through brokers, its global client base consists of insurance companies, mid-to-large-sized corporations and public sector clients. From standard products to tailor-made coverage across all lines of business, Swiss Re deploys its capital strength, expertise, and innovation power to enable the risk-taking upon which growth and progress depends.

Represented by: Mirjam Städeli, Strategic Resourcing & Talent Specialist Assistant Vice President Human Resources


The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and has a history of success going back over 550 years. As a comprehensive university offering a wide range of high-quality educational opportunities, the University of Basel attracts students from Switzerland and the entire world. The university has positioned itself amidst the international competition in the form of five strategic focal areas: Life Sciences, Visual Studies, Nanosciences, Sustainability and Energy Research and European and Global Studies.

Represented by: Matthias Geering, Head of Communication and Marketing


The University of Bern offers top quality across the board: it enjoys special recognition in leading-edge disciplines and is reputed for the excellent quality of its teaching. The university’s comprehensive offering includes 8 faculties and some 160 institutes that date back to the 16th century. Its academic and research organization prides itself on its interdisciplinary approach, exemplified by its five National Centers of Competence in Research: International Trade Regulation, TransCure (Membrane Transport Research), MUST (Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology), PlanetS (planet system formation and development) and RNA and Disease. The university is actively involved in a wide range of European and worldwide research projects, notably in the field of space research.

Represented by: Christoph Raible, Professor of Climate and Environmental Physiscs

With its 26,000 enrolled students, the University of Zurich (UZH) is Switzerland’s largest university. Founded in the year 1833, UZH was Europe’s first university to be established by a democratic political system; today, UZH is one of the foremost universities in the German-speaking world. Made up of seven faculties covering some 100 different subject areas, the University offers a wide variety of Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programs. In addition, UZH’s continuing education programs offer excellent learning opportunities.

Represented by: Matthias Oberli, Senior Scientist at Sigilon, UZH Alumnus


Greater Zurich Area (GZA) is the official investment support agency of Zurich, Switzerland, and surrounding areas. GZA is a public private partnership that helps international businesses set up & grow in Switzerland and engage with the largest R&D institutes. Thanks to its unique combination of academic excellence and a strong economy, the Greater Zurich Area is one of the key innovation hubs in Europe. Distinguished academic quality, excellent infrastructure, top quality of life, a very favorable regulatory environment and political stability combine to make Switzerland as well as Greater Zurich globally competitive in attracting talent and entrepreneurs.

Represented by: Lukas Sieber, Executive Director North America, GZA



Swiss Sciences Night is presented by: