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Job: FORS Project Manager

FORS, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, implements large-scale national and international surveys, offers data and research information services to researchers and academic institutions, and conducts methodological and thematic research. FORS acquires, documents, preserves and disseminates high quality quantitative and qualitative data and research information in conformity with national and international standards. They also make these data and services known and promote a research culture of data sharing and secondary analysis for the social sciences in Switzerland. FORS’ activities are financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and its host institution is the University of Lausanne.

To strengthen the Data Tools & Services team, they are looking for a Project Manager.


Job description

As a project manager, your transversal management skills will assure organizational stability of the running and future projects and services of the Data Tools & Services group at FORS.

More specifically, your tasks will include:

  • Budget management
  • Planning and monitoring the project
  • Risk and change management
  • Project development
  • Product ownership


The ideal candidate

  • Excellent fluency in English (German and/or French are assets)
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in project management
  • Organizational and planning skills
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Knowledge of SCRUM
  • Team spirit
  • Knowledge of the research data landscape (asset)
  • Good knowledge of the public sector (asset)
  • Master’s degree in Business/ Marketing/Communication/IT/Social Sciences


Information on the position

Starting date: as soon as possible, negotiable

Contract: Permanent contract

Workplace: Géopolis on the campus of the University of Lausanne

Salary: According to the University of Lausanne salary scheme.

Application deadline: October 22, 2021

Please submit your full application (CV, diplomas and motivation letter – ideally in a single pdf) only at:> postes ouverts.

More information on FORS:

Please contact Stefan Buerli, if you have any questions:, Tel. +41 (0)21 692 37 29



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