The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is an internationally recognized non-profit organization, dedicated to biological and biomedical data science. Its data scientists are passionate about creating knowledge and solving complex questions in many fields, from biodiversity and evolution to medicine. They provide essential databases and software platforms as well as bioinformatics expertise and services to academic, clinical, and industry groups. SIB federates the Swiss bioinformatics community of some 900 scientists, encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing. The Institute contributes to keeping Switzerland at the forefront of innovation by fostering progress in biological research and enhancing health.

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To reinforce our team in Lausanne, Basel or Zurich, Switzerland, we are seeking a
Senior Communications Manager


SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Work Location

Employment fraction

80% - 100%

Type of contract


Job tasks
Content writing and editin
  • Write impactful and easily digestible content around complex scientific or technical topics (e.g. scientific papers, infrastructure projects) for all our communication channels (e.g. website, newsletters, social media, press relations, annual activity report) as per the content strategy and editorial line; 
  • Ensure the dissemination of content produced across all channels, and by leveraging a national and international network of partners; 
  • Proofread and edit texts for other colleagues and teams in English, French and, ideally, German; 
  • Proactively identify communication opportunities to feed the content strategy. 

Project management 
  • Manage several communication projects (e.g. videos, webinars, social media campaigns, annual activity reports) in parallel, from planning to delivery and dissemination. 
  • Propose new projects to convey our messages in an interactive and sustainable way, involving for example infographics, animations and video scripting.

Press relations
  • Develop our PR strategy with a focus first on Romandie and then on Swiss German media.
  • Liaise with political affairs.

Social media management (X, Mastodon, LinkedIn) 
  • Craft or proofread engaging campaigns around specific topics (e.g. our conferences, services or trending topics); 
  • Feed our social media channels to grow our follower base.

Profile requirements
  • 7 years minimum in a similar Communication position 
  • Experience in an educational/academic/life science or healthcare environment a strong asset
  • Knowledge of the Swiss ecosystem in our field

  • University degree in Biology or a related field of the life sciences (BSc, MSc or PhD), or alternatively, 5 years of experience in the life science communication field.
  •  Degree in Communications or Journalism an asset 

Technical skills 
  • Excellent writing and editing skills: capacity to translate complex concepts into engaging and impactful stories for various audiences including life scientists, funders, journalists, politicians 
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills (experience in using project management tools such as Asana or ClickUp an asset)
  • Command of MS office tools (Word, Excel, PPT) 
  • Fluent in English and French (oral and written), German an asset

Soft skills 
  • Enthusiastic and curious 
  • At ease in a fast-paced environment 
  • Capacity to convey ideas in written and orally 
  • Self-driven and creative 
  • Excellent attention to detail 
  • Capacity to think visually to provide input to graphic designers or illustrators
  • Good interpersonal and collaborative skills, strong team spirit

Work location
Lausanne, Basel or Zurich

How to apply
SIB is committed to ensuring and fostering diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace as well as in the scientific ecosystem. If you are interested in this challenging and highly interesting position, please submit your application including CV and letter of motivation through our online portal by clicking the "Apply" button.