Science Officer, PAGES IPO - Bern, Switzerland

Location: Bern, Switzerland
Full-time/part-time: 60-80%
Ideal start date: 1 December 2018
Deadline for applications: 30 September 2018

Past Global Changes (PAGES) coordinates and promotes past global change research. Its primary objective is to improve our understanding of past changes in the Earth system to obtain better projections of future climate and environment and inform strategies for sustainability. PAGES serves the paleoscience community by supporting and facilitating international and interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration in the paleosciences. PAGES is a Global Research Project of Future Earth and a scientific partner of the World Climate Research Programme.

We are seeking a new Science Officer for our dedicated team at the PAGES International Project Office in Bern, Switzerland, to take over responsibilities for implementing and developing paleoscience activities, managing PAGES products, and networking within the international Global Change community.


The Science Officer works closely with the Executive Director, Communications Officer, Finance and Office Manager and Information Systems Coordinator and is responsible for these main activities:
- Co-editing of Past Global Changes Magazine, published two to three times a year. Tasks include issue planning, sourcing guest editors, editing text and figures, layout, and coordinating the print and digital publications;
- Coordinating, managing and reporting on PAGES’ working groups and international research activities;
- Organizing meetings, workshops, and conference sessions;
- Contributing to PAGES website content;
- Managing IT, open access and data stewardship activities;
- Advocating for and representing PAGES internationally.


The ideal candidate has:
- a research background in paleoscience and holds a PhD in a paleoscience-related field (or equivalent experience) that complements the expertise of the Executive Director;
- excellent management and communication skills;
- excellent written and spoken English (German an advantage);
- IT knowledge, including graphic design and page layout (Adobe Creative Suite), and basic programing (XML, HTML);
- willingness to travel abroad and to adapt work intensity to occasional irregular demand.

Additional beneficial skills include public speaking, moderation, and experience in writing funding applications.


We aim for a starting date of 1 December 2018. Appointment is for four years with the possibility of renewal, pending funding. Salary is based on experience, following the Canton of Bern, Switzerland, guidelines.

PAGES is committed to enhancing gender, ethnic, and regional diversity. The position is based in Switzerland, and applicants from all nations are welcome to apply.


Applications are accepted until 30 September 2018, 17:00 CET.

Please email your application as a single attached pdf file (cover letter stating your suitability and motivation, CV including publication list, and contact details of three referees, in that order) to PAGES' Executive Director, Dr. Marie-France Loutre, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Please use the subject line "Application - Science Officer PAGES".

Further information

Enquiries should be directed to:
PAGES' Executive Director, Dr. Marie-France Loutre, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Or to the outgoing Science Officer, Dr. Lucien von Gunten, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
+41 31 631 56 09).