Position Vacant: MRI Scientific Project Officer (30%)

The MRI is a multidisciplinary scientific organization hosted by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, with the goal to promote and coordinate global change research in mountain regions. To fulfill this goal, we seek a SCIENTIFIC PROJECT OFFICER to lead and assist in the planning, coordination and execution of tasks related to diverse projects and activities at MRI, enhancing a vibrant scientific community and research collaboration for sustainable mountain development at local, regional and global levels.


  • Support the MRI Executive Director in the coordination and implementation of tasks related to MRI programs, projects and activities, including technical and/or scientific input to the design, analyses or reporting of tasks, as applicable.
  • Liaise and coordinate with MRI's Science Leadership Council, regional partners and stakeholders to promote the visibility of mountains and mountain research within scientific organizations and networks, including the planning and implementation of events, such as workshops, seminars and conferences.
  • Collaborate with the MRI Communications Manager in the research and development of relevant scientific content for publications, newsletters and other media, in consultation with the MRI research community, regional partners, and stakeholders.
  • Participate and contribute to MRI’s Coordination Office activities, including the drafting of funding proposals to support MRI’s activities, administration support and supervision of student research assistants and/or interns, where required.
  • MSc degree in geography, environmental sciences or other related field, with demonstrated experience and track record illustrating commitment to and knowledge of mountain regions and peoples.
  • Strong analytical and scientific reporting skills, including computer skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously, adopting an organized, efficient and independent and yet collaborative work style.
  • Excellent intercultural communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Spoken and written proficiency in English, as well as German or French.
The position is based at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern, and is available at 30% full-time equivalent. A higher percent employment could be possible, if additional third-party funding can be secured. The position starts on 1 November 2017 and continues until September 2019. Employment beyond this date is contingent on funding available. The salary level is set by the employment procedures of the Canton of Bern.

To apply
Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV (4 pages max.) and letter of intent, specifically addressing how your training and experience match each of the responsibilities and qualifications listed for this position. Please submit your application as a single PDF attachment to carolina.adler@giub.unibe.ch, with the subject line “MRI Project Officer (30%)”, by Monday 7 August 2017. Please note that interviews with selected candidates will be conducted during the week of 4-8 September 2017, at the University of Bern.