Job Posting: Discipline Scientist in Planetary Sciences

The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland, invites applications for a


Discipline Scientist in Planetary Sciences


The Discipline Scientist is expected to work a maximum of 25 working days per year for ISSI at the Institute’s premises in Bern, Switzerland. We are seeking an active midcareer, internationally recognised Planetary Scientist with demonstrable and broad scientific contributions, and who will be able to independently propose and implement high-impact scientific activities at ISSI related to Planetary Sciences. Experience with Planetary Space missions is an added asset.

ISSI is a premier institution in Space and Earth Sciences that advances science by facilitating open multidisciplinary discourse in a stimulating environment. ISSI hosts 1000+ visitors per year through Workshops, Forums, International Team collaborations and visits by individual scientists. The Discipline Scientist shall support ISSI’s scientific leadership in the design, planning and execution of the scientific program in Planetary Sciences, i.e., from small bodies to planets. The Discipline Scientist is also expected to contribute to, foster and augment the scientific environment of the Institute, participate to the scientific life of ISSI and increase ISSI’s visibility in the Planetary Science community worldwide.

The appointment will be for a period of one year and is renewable. ISSI will offer a salary,  and cover the travel costs and the accommodation while in Bern. Applications from interested scientists should include: 1) a cover letter discussing the candidate qualifications and rationale for the application, and 2) a curriculum vitae including a publication list. Scientists based in ESA member states are particularly encouraged to apply.

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ISSI is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and visitors.

Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2023

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Job Posting: Secretary 100% (percentage negotiable)

The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) is an Institute of Advanced Studies where scientists from all over the world meet in a multi- and interdisciplinary setting to reach out for new scientific horizons.

To support these activities, ISSI is seeking a

Secretary 100% (percentage negotiable)

 As soon as possible or as agreed

Duties include:

  • Secretarial tasks, including mailings and maintenance of mailing lists
  • Hotel and travel arrangements both for visiting scientists and staff
  • Checking and classification of invoices
  • Preparation of meetings / documentation, writing minutes
  • Correspondence in German / English

We’re looking for someone who is:

Native German speaker with excellent spoken and written English; good French is a plus

  • Skilled in MS Word, Internet and team collaboration tools; knowledge of other programs, especially Access, Powerpoint and Excel, is a plus
  • Willing to work in a small team, but
  • Able to work independently
  • Willing to assist other staff members in administrative matters as needed

We offer:

  • An interesting, challenging international atmosphere
  • A small organization with 15 members
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Employment conditions similar to the University of Bern

Job application and usual documents (in German or English) should be sent as a pdf-file by e-mail to