Program Lead in Global Health Translational Ecosystems

University of Basel Innovation Office


Program Lead Global Health Translational Ecosystems

80 - 100%

The Innovation Office is spearheading the University of Basel's activities and initiatives in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. The Office, directly under the guidance of the President of the University, is run as an open platform, supporting startup ventures, and enabling and leading initiatives that are aimed at tackling local and global challenges. Key values driving our work are an open public-private partnership culture, a global mindset, and a relentless focus on translating scientific and entrepreneurial excellence into "impact on society".

Your position

In the role as Program Lead, you will build-up and lead a new public-private partnership, in the form of a Center of Excellence. The Center is a brand-new co-creation initiative between multiple public and private stakeholders in the field of digitally enabled public health. Its main goal is to strengthen health systems and access to medicine, focusing on low & middle-income countries (LMIC), by fostering translational ecosystems (from science to implementation) and by identifying, implementing, managing, and successfully deploying specific projects.

First specific projects focus on a logistics management information system, on a digital solution for tracking epidemiological outbreaks, and on a challenge-based collaboration project involving diverse innovation hubs in Africa.

Your task will be to establish the Center as a nimble, impactful and globally recognized role model with digital solutions to impact access to medicine in LMICs.
You will work under the guidance of the Innovation Office, with full project responsibility and in close collaboration with the Vice President for Research, several project partners, including both public and private institutions

Your profile

We are looking for a candidate who dreams big, and acts with a pronounced ability to navigate between, and manage different expectations and cultures from a wide range of stakeholders (i.e. public institutions, foundations, large and small companies, startups, local communities).

In a context of LMICs (preferably Africa; South- & Southeast Asia and South America additionally), you have an advanced understanding about the needs in public health, health information, and health systems, and of the digital tools to tackle them.

You are a builder of ecosystems, bringing together public and private organizations active in the field of digital health, access to medicine, global public health, digital platforms. You are able to identify and on-board new program partners with different roles (i.e. solution providers, solution seekers, funding institutions, implementation and deployment partners in LMICs), thereby reaching the enormous potential of our Center of Excellence and ensuring its sustainability.

The capability to fluently communicate in English with multiple different stakeholders and cultures is a must. The knowledge of German, French & additional languages spoken in LMICs (focus on Africa) is a plus.

We offer you

The University of Basel is a comprehensive, research-driven university, committed to innovation & entrepreneurship, and is regularly placed among the 100 best universities worldwide in international rankings. An active and crucial player in the local innovation ecosystem, the University works closely with local public and private partners and aims to strengthen links to its neighboring countries, as well as to other globally leading hubs of innovation. You will have the chance to work in a passionate team, from an inspiring new location, the "Innovation Garage", with the opportunity to turn your ideas into reality and to build new global initiatives.

The role is initially offered for one year, with an opportunity to renew.

Application / Contact

Applications with CV and a letter of motivation should be submitted electronically. Additional information and inquiries can be directed to Christian Elias Schneider, Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship,

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