Job Posting

The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) is offering a job for an

IT Engineer and Manager

ISSI runs a network of about 20 PCs and Mac computers connected to a Linux and a Mac server for use by the institute’s staff and visiting scientists from around the world. ISSI hosts about 1000 visitors per year or – on average – about 30 per week who will be connecting to the institutes’ WIFI. The institute hosts several 100
individual team websites in addition to its own main webpage, does mass mailings and keeps an address data base.

We are looking to hire a person with high professional and communication competences to manage and troubleshoot our computer systems and support the users – visitors and staff. We further expect the successful candidate to maintain and help further development of our web presence, team communication and internet services.

We expect excellent knowledge of computer hardware and their operating systems (incl. Linux) as well as application software incl. Microsoft Office™ and programming languages as well as good experience with Content Management Systems, in particular WordPress™. The institute is using ZOOM™ for its online communication.

The successful candidate holds a bachelor or higher degree in Computer Science or a related field. We expect an interest in space sciences and a high communication competence in working with ISSI’s international visitors.

We offer a highly interesting international atmosphere in a small institute with a staff of 15. The successful candidate will be fluent in German and has an excellent command of the English language. The salary will be commensurate with experience and the employment conditions will be similar to those of the University of Bern.

Starting date: Dec 1st or at earliest convenience

Work location: Bern, Switzerland

Remarks: International applicants welcome; preference for ESA member states

Please send your application with the usual documents at your earliest convenience
(email preferred) to:

Hallerstrasse 6
CH-3012 Bern

Job Posting (pdf version) >>


ISSI is seeking a

Secretary (100%)

to begin 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 / (French)

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