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Ultra Energy Efficient Systems in Biology, Engineering, and Medicine

Posted by sbadministrator at Sep 27, 2013 10:05 AM |

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Room BC 420, EPFL
October 1st, 16:00

 

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Mother Nature is a great analog and digital circuit designer. She has innovated circuits in the biochemical, biomechanical, and bioelectronic domains that operate robustly with highly noisy and imprecise parts and with incredibly low levels of energy. Her impressive accomplishment is largely due to the fact that she uses both analog (graded) and digital (all-or-none) circuits within her cells to sense, actuate, compute, and communicate. Analog and bio-inspired approaches that mimic nature can also create ultra-energy-efficient systems: For example, we were recently able to show how brain implants for the paralyzed could be powered from a novel glucose fuel cell that harvests energy from bodily fluids. In this talk, I shall discuss how a positive-feedback loop between analog circuits and cell biology may enable similar synergistic improvements in synthetic and systems biology.

The deep connection between analog circuits and cell biology arises because there are astounding similarities between the equations that describe noisy electronic flow in sub-threshold transistors and the equations that describe noisy molecular flow in chemical reactions, both of which obey the laws of exponential thermodynamics. Based on these similarities, we have engineered logarithmic analog computation in living cells with less than three transcription factors, almost two orders of magnitude more efficient than prior digital approaches.  In addition, highly computationally intensive noisy DNA-protein and protein-protein networks can be rapidly simulated in mixed-signal supercomputing chips that naturally capture their noisiness, dynamics, and loading interactions at lightning-fast speeds. Such an approach may enable large-scale design and analysis in synthetic and systems biology that is faithful to how messy analog biology works, quite different from clean, well-defined digital design.


Note that Prof. Sarpeshkar will also participate in 2 satellite events: he will give a seminar in Neuchâtel and a seminar in Basel at the following times:


October 2nd, 17:00
3rd floor CSEM headquarters (Jacquet-Droz 7, Neuchâtel)

October 4th, 13:30
ETHZ Basel, BSSE Building, room WRO 1058 (Misrock Lecture Room).
http://www.bsse.ethz.ch/bel/HowtoFindUs/index


Rahul Sarpeshkar is a tenured professor at MIT where he heads a research group on Analog Circuits and Biological Systems (http://www.rle.mit.edu/acbs/). His bioengineering group creates novel wet DNA-protein circuits in living cells and also advanced dry nanoelectronic circuits on silicon chips. His longstanding work on analog and biological computation and his recent work in NATURE (May 2013) have helped pioneer the field of analog synthetic biology. His work on a glucose fuel cell for medical implants was featured by Scientific American among 2012's 10 World Changing Ideas and also by the BBC, Economist, and Science News. He was an invited speaker at the 2011 Frontiers of Engineering Conference, hosted by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

He holds over 30 patents and has authored more than 120 publications, including one that was featured on the cover of Nature. His recent book, Ultra Low Power Bioelectronics: Fundamentals, Biomedical Applications, and Bio-inspired Systems contains a broad and deep treatment of ultra energy efficient systems in biology, engineering, and medicine with applications to implantable medical devices for the deaf, blind, and paralyzed. His group holds several first or best world records in analog, bio-inspired, synthetic biology, medical device, ultra low power, and energy harvesting systems. He has received several awards including the NSF Career Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, and the Packard Fellows Award. He received Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics at MIT and a PhD at CalTech. Before he joined MIT’s faculty, he was a member of the technical staff of Bell Labs’ division of biological computation.


 

Zdenek and Michaela Bakala Foundation scholarship program

Posted by sbadministrator at Sep 13, 2013 11:25 AM |

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The Zdenek and Michaela Bakala Foundation, based in Geneva, aims to support students who wish to pursue their studies at the best universities in the world, primarily in the United States, the United Kingdom or Europe (Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, Yale, etc.).

The scholarship program is designed for students living in Switzerland and registered with the Universities of Geneva (UNIGE), Lausanne (UNIL), the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) or the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID).

The scholarship is available to Master students and Doctorate researchers (academic excellence recognized) and whose financial resources are insufficient.

The program is not intended for students in Bachelor degree and does not finance ERASMUS exchanges.

Candidates must be admitted (or pre-admitted) to a distinguished foreign university by the time of the Foundation’s interviews in May 2014.

The foundation is not limited to any particular field of studies.

The founder, Mr. Zdenek Bakala studied at University of California, Berkeley and holds a MBA (Master in Business Administration) from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College (New Hampshire).  The foundation will give a particular emphasis to candidates admitted to these institutions. (www.berkeley.edu ; www.dartmouth.edu ; www.tuck.dartmouth.edu ).

The nature of the study abroad can be a full Master or Doctorate degree, or semesters in the foreign university as part of a Master or Doctorate from the University of Geneva, UNIL, EPFL or IHEID.

The scholarship is intended to cover registration fees to the recognized foreign university and / or living costs in the host country. The total budget of approx. CHF 200’000.- will be allocated for 5-10 scholarships per year. Application forms are available on the following universities’ websites:

UNIGE: http://www.unige.ch/international/mobint/outgeneral/BoursesFZMB.html

UNIL: http://www.unil.ch/echanges/page93963.html

EPFL : http://sae.epfl.ch/fondations-privees

For more information, please visit the website of the foundation: www.fondation-zmb.ch

Patricia Legler

Foundation manager

 

Geneva International Students Program 2014

Posted by sbadministrator at Aug 28, 2013 10:59 AM |

The Geneva International Students’ Program (GISP) is an English language study abroad semester at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) that combines English modules with intensive French language study.

The UNIGE is currently accepting applications for the GISP 2014 Session. Program dates: February 17 - May 23, 2014.

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GISP Key Facts

  • An interdisciplinary Study Abroad semester at the University of Geneva taught in English
  • 30 ECTS credits
  • Live in one of the main centers of international governance
  • Intensive French language courses throughout the semester
  • Contact with experts in a variety of fields including international law, human rights, political science, economics, natural sciences, history, cultural studies and translation studies
  • A field-oriented curriculum with visits to major international organizations like the UN, the WTO and the ILO and cutting-edge laboratories like the CERN
  • An international experience in a foreign university with small class size (30-35 students), direct interaction with esteemed professors, and administrative support from the Program Coordinator

 

Apply online at www.unige.ch/gisp

Application deadline: October 15th, 2013

 

Joint call for Postdoctoral Fellowships provided by ETH Zurich and REA/EU

Posted by sbadministrator at Jul 25, 2013 03:20 PM |

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ETH Zurich is a science and technology university with an outstanding research record and is regularly ranked among the top universities in Europe and worldwide. It provides a highly stimulating work environment and a state-of-the-art scientific infrastructure. The ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers an excellent opportunity for young researchers to acquire new skills and competencies, boosting their careers and helping to attain an independent senior position.

The ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports incoming fellowships for postdoctoral researchers at the ETH Zurich. The program is intended to foster high- potential, young researchers, who have already demonstrated excellence in terms of internationally competitive achievements in the early stages of their professional careers. Applications have to be made jointly by the candidate and their host who must be an ETH Zurich Professor and who will act as a mentor to the fellow. The duration of an ETH Fellowship is between one year and a maximum of two years.

Indicative Call publication and Call closure dates:

Call 6: Publication: June 1, 2013

Call 7: Publication: December 1, 2013 Call 8: Publication: June 1, 2014

Closing date: September 1, 2013

Closing date: March 1, 2014 Closing date: September 1, 2014

For more information and application:

Office of Research, ETH Zurich, HG E 32.2, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich E-Mail: ethfellows@sl.ethz.ch
Web: www.ethfellows.ethz.ch

View more information here: ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

EPFL announces 40th ed. of Executive Master Program in Global Supply Chain Management

EPFL announces 40th ed. of Executive Master Program in Global Supply Chain Management

Posted by sbadministrator at Jun 05, 2013 02:10 PM |

The International Institute for the Management of Logistics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is pleased to present the 40th edition of the: Executive Master Program in Global Supply Chain Management

The Executive Master Program (MAS) in “Global Supply Chain Management” has been designed to provide all participants with the know-how, the competence and confidence necessary for the planning and implementation of supply chain projects at the strategic as well as the operational levels.


This course is designed for University graduates (Master’s degree or equivalent) who wish to follow specialized courses in logistics. A continuing education program is also organized.


Key Points of our Executive Master:


·         EPFL is one of the prestigious schools in the world
·         It’s a top level Executive Program with 80 ECTS
·         +20 years of IML (IML was founded in 1990)
·         More than 800 graduates representing 70 different nationalities from the 5 continents
·         EPFL-IML, an international reference for education in Supply Chain Management
·         Support from international companies and world organizations
·         Collaboration with prestigious international universities
·         Key success for your future carrier
·         IML Alumni Network

Visit our website at http://iml.epfl.ch or don’t hesitate to contact us (+41 21 693 24 65 , direction.iml@epfl.ch) for more information.

 

BioPharm America 2013: Act now to present to key decision makers

BioPharm America 2013: Act now to present to key decision makers

Posted by sbadministrator at May 01, 2013 04:04 PM |

We invite biotech, midsize pharma, and next generation companies to submit an application for a company presentation. Present at BioPharm America™ 2013 and take advantage of productive partnering, high level panel discussions, exclusive informal networking opportunities as well as a lively exhibition.

The following sponsors are already on board. Are you?
AstraZeneca, Bayer HealthCare, Biogen Idec, EMD Serono, Epizyme, Immunome, Janssen, Merck, Merrill Datasite, Novo Nordisk and Shire.

Deadline to submit applications: June 28, 2013

Apply here!

About the conference
BioPharm America™ 2013
September 17–19, 2013 • Boston, MA, USA

BioPharm America™ is where biotech industry partnerships get started. Meet face-to-face with biotech and pharma executives from around the world to identify and enter strategic relationships

 

US Market Entry Camper QUALYSENSE CLOSES 3rd FINANCING ROUND RAISING ABOUT CHF 1 MILLION

US Market Entry Camper QUALYSENSE CLOSES 3rd FINANCING ROUND RAISING ABOUT CHF 1 MILLION

Posted by sbadministrator at May 01, 2013 04:02 PM |

QualySense AG, is an EMPA-based start-up company that pioneers innovative grain and seed sorting technologies to set new quality standards in the food industry. It announces today that it has closed its third financing round and raised about CHF 1 Million of new equity mainly from its existing investors, which includes a selected number of well known Swiss and international business angels.

QualySense’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Francesco Dell’Endice, says: “This successful financing round will enables us to achieve strategic milestones that will project the company well in the future ̈. QualySense is currently testing the QSorter Explorer with few large multinational companies. It is also working with the leading European organization that set the quality standards for the seed industry. QSorter Explorer enables the introduction of new quality metrics and new inspection methods. It expects the scientific and technical community to validating its results in the near future.

About QualySense

QualySense is the worldwide industry leader focused on delivering innovative high-end sorting solutions to achieve optimal processing, quality, and safety of agricultural products. We are the leaders in the development of efficient, high-capacity technologies for analyzing and sorting grains, seeds, and beans according to biochemical and morphological traits. Breeders, seed producers, food processors, and inspection agencies worldwide can now benefit from high-speed non-destructive individual kernel analysis and sorting according to the biochemical and morphological traits of their products. QualySense was founded in 2010 and has been awarded a number of prizes and grants. The company is rapidly growing and has lately received the Swissparks “Best Startup of 2012” award. Learn more at qualysense.com

 

View full press release here.

 

Nano-Tera.ch Annual Plenary Meeting

Nano-Tera.ch Annual Plenary Meeting

Posted by sbadministrator at May 01, 2013 03:55 PM |

May 30-31, 2013 at the Kursaal Hotel in Bern

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The 2013 edition of the Nano-Tera Annual Meeting is especially noticeable as it will showcase the final results of the first wave of research projects that have been funded by the Nano-Tera program for the last 3-4 years. These results will be demonstrated through oral presentations, posters, videos and prototype exhibitions, thus giving the participants a good overview of the major program achievements. The meeting will also introduce the second wave of newly funded research projects which are starting this year. Last but not least, Friday, May 31st, will feature two prominent keynote speeches by Matthias Kaiserswerth, director of research at IBM ZRL ( “IBM Innovations in Nanoscience: Made in Switzerland”) and by Samuel Rutz, vice-director of Avenir Suisse (“From University to Industry”).

Registration
You will find details about the venue and the most up to date program at http://www.nano-tera.ch/events/meeting.html
If you intend to participate to the meeting, please register on the same page by this Friday, May 3rd.

Nano-Tera.ch
Launched officially in February 2008, Nano-Tera.ch is a Swiss national program supporting research in multi-scale system engineering for health and the environment. The broad objectives of the program are to improve quality of life and security of people and to create innovative products, technologies and manufacturing methods.
Nano-Tera.ch is now a strongly established Swiss program that is funding about 100 research projects involving 44 Swiss research institutions, for a total budget of about 220 MCHF.

 

Looking for a Summer Internship? Check out Greentown Labs!

Posted by sbadministrator at Mar 18, 2013 02:40 PM |

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Located at 337 Summer Street in Boston's Innovation District, Greentown Labs offers 19,000 square feet of office and prototyping space to over 20 clean-technology start-up companies!

Check out the opportunities here to find out how you can join the Greentown Labs community!

If you are interested in any of the positions listed, more detailed position descriptions and contact information can be found here.

 

venture leaders return to Boston, June 2013

Posted by sbadministrator at Feb 25, 2013 02:12 PM |

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swissnex Boston is happy to partner with venture lab for the 2013 Venture Leader edition, which will take place in Boston from June 11 to June 21

«The venture leaders trip was heavily useful in developing our business and leadership skills. The intense ten days of training brought us to the next level of professional entrepreneurship.»
Thorsten Schwenke, CEO and Founder of THELKIN AG, Winner 2011

venturelab, thanks to the support of Parc Scientifique PSE, EPF Lausanne, ETH Zürich, OSEC and Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst and Young, presents the 2013 edition of the venture leaders prize for highly promising high-tech entrepreneurial personalities.

20 carefully selected high-tech entrepre- neurs will get a unique chance to give their technology and business a commercial boost, thanks to venture leaders. A high-powered jury will provide valuable insights into how to commercialize scientific ideas on the global market. The 20 winners will travel to Boston from June 11th to 22nd, where they will attend a unique in its kind entrepreneurial and business development program.

Organized in partnership with swissnex Boston, Consulate of Switzerland, venture leaders consists of numerous opportunities for face-to-face discussions with leaders of the high-tech community. venture leaders offers a focused and intense program designed to provide participants with a maximum impact on their personal, business and network development.

 

More info: www.venturelab.ch/ventureleaders

 

Call for Plant Fellows: The International Post doc Fellowship Programme in Plant Sciences

Call for Plant Fellows: The International Post doc Fellowship Programme in Plant Sciences

Posted by sbadministrator at Feb 14, 2013 03:43 PM |

PLANT FELLOWS is an international post doc fellowship programme in the field of plant sciences co-funded by the SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME (FP7) Marie Curie Actions – People, Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND).

PLANT FELLOWS is centrally managed at the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (www.plantsciences.ch)

Deadline: 30th April 2013 at 17.00.00, Zurich local time

Eligibility conditions:

The general eligibility criteria are set out in the PLANT FELLOWS guide for applicants available at the PLANT FELLOWS website: www.plantfellows.ch.

PLANT FELLOWS is open to all fields of research in plant sciences and to applicants of any nationality fulfilling the following eligibility criteria:

  • Only experienced researcher can benefit from the PLANT FELLOWS programme. Thus the applicant must, at the time of recruitment be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. Both options need to be verified by certificates, which will be reviewed by the selection committee.

  • At the date for application submission, the applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the application submission.

  • The transnational mobility shall come under one of the following 3 fellowship schemes, any of which may be intersectorial, between academia and industry or vice versa; but this is a decision driven by the applicant and is not a specific requirement. Applicants of any nationality must comply with either of the mobility rules:

  • Incoming mobility to residents of EU Member States, Associate Countries or Third Countries who want to benefit from the broad and excellent training and research capacities of the diverse research groups at the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center.
  • Outgoing mobility to residents of EU Member States or Associated Countries. This mobility has to be carried out by moving to a host organisation in another EU Member State, Associate Country or Third Country. Outgoing mobility for a stay in a Third Country should be coupled to a return phase to a EU Member State or Associated Country. The return phase should be appropriate in value and duration (not over-weighted compared to the outgoing phase). The return phase can be carried out in another EU Member State or Associated Country than the country of residence before the outgoing phase.

  • Re-integration of EU Member State or Associated Country residents having carried out research in a Third Country for at least the last 3 years and who wish to take up a research position in a host organisation located within the EU Member States or Associated Countries.

    The applicant shall be available for the post within 5 months after receiving the notification of acceptance of application.

    The application for a PLANT FELLOWS post doc fellowship needs to be submitted electronically via an online application system at the PLANT FELLOWS website.

    The application has to be made jointly by the applicant and the principal investigator (PI) from the chosen host organisation.

    Host organisations must be active in research and approved by the PLANT FELLOWS programme office. A list of all approved host organisations can be found in the PLANT FELLOWS guide for applicants or at the PLANT FELLOWS website: www.plantfellows.ch

    Awarded fellowship duration is between 12 months (minimum) and 24 months according to the proposed research project. (full-time equivalent).

  1. Evaluation procedure:

    • The evaluation criteria (including weights and thresholds) and sub-criteria together with the eligibility, selection and award criteria, for a PLANT FELLOWS application are set out in the PLANT FELLOWS guide for applicants.

    • Applicants must ensure that the research proposal conforms to the page limits and layout given in the template for research proposal and the PLANT FELLOWS guide for applicants, and at the online application portal of the PLANT FELLOWS website.

    • Applications are allocated to one of two panels: panel “Molecular Biology” or either panel “Ecology”. For each panel a ranked list will be established. There is no predefined budget allocation among the panels. The budget will be distributed over the panels based on the proportion of approved applications in each panel.

  1. Indicative evaluation and contractual timetable:

  2. Evaluation results are estimated to be available within 3 months after the relevant deadline for submission.

Forms of grants and maximum reimbursement rates:

The forms of grants and maximum reimbursement rates, which will be offered, are specified in the PLANT FELLOWS guide for applicants.

Contact:
Website:
www.plantfellows.ch Email: info@plantfellows.ch

Mrs Romy Kohlmann, M.A.

Programme officer of PLANT FELLOWS Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center ETH-Zurich, LFW B 51 Universitätstrasse 2

CH-8092 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 632 47 96
Available: Mon-Thu
Email:
romy.kohlmann@usys.ethz.ch

 

Download the PDF here.

 

Bern computer simulation helps to better understand the origin of our solar system

Bern computer simulation helps to better understand the origin of our solar system

Posted by sbadministrator at Feb 14, 2013 12:03 PM |

Simulations boost the significance of image and measurement data from space missions: based on the example of an asteroid, Bernese astrophysicist Martin Jutzi shows how collisions with other celestial bodies can be reconstructed and that even the internal structure of so- called protoplanets can be described. These models help to understand the development of our solar system. The study appears as today’s cover story in the journal Nature.

Four and a half billion years ago, dust particles in a giant, dusty gas cloud combined to form increas- ingly large clumps. These collided, aggregated and thus grew into planets. Between the planetary or- bits of Mars and Jupiter, however, hundreds of thousands of smaller fragments remained. They formed the so-called asteroid belt and hardly changed their composition since then. Asteroids thus contain an inestimable amount of information on the origin of our solar system. In research, particular attention is paid to an asteroid called Vesta: with a diameter of around 500 kilometres, it is one of the three largest asteroids and considered to be a protoplanet. Moreover, it is the only known asteroid to have an earth-like structure – with a core, mantle and crust.

Computer simulation reconstructs collisions between asteroids

Using a three-dimensional computer simulation, Martin Jutzi from the Center for Space and Habitabil- ity (CSH) at the University of Bern has now accurately reconstructed how Vesta collided with other asteroids twice over a billion years ago. The models show that the protoplanet owes its elliptical shape to these collisions and that they also scarred its surface structure. The simulations also enable de- tailed conclusions on the composition and properties of Vesta’s interior to be drawn for the first time, which helps us to better understand the evolution of the solar system. After all, the formation of planets largely depends upon collisions between celestial bodies. «Our method facilitates especially informative analyses of image and measurement data from space missions,» says Martin Jutzi. The study, which was conducted in collaboration with researchers from the EPFL, France and the USA, features as the cover story in today’s issue of Nature.

Read the full Press Release here...

 

University of Lucerne Master program in Health Sciences (English)

Posted by sbadministrator at Jan 31, 2013 04:15 PM |

The University of Lucerne announces a new full-degree Master program in Health Sciences, entirely taught in English. The innovative educational program launched by the Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy is the ideal preparation for an exciting career in health.It provides in-depth knowledge of health, functioning and disability and approaches health from a bio psychosocial and interdisciplinary perspective. This new master program brings a new dimension to research, health service provision and healthcare management.
After completion of the first semester, students can focus on areas that interest them most and choose from the following Majors:

  • Health and Social Behavior
  • Health Economics
  • Health Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Human Functioning Sciences
Download the flyer here.

 

Call for ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowships

Posted by sbadministrator at Jan 31, 2013 04:10 PM |

ETH Zurich is a science and technology university with an outstanding research record and is regularly ranked among the top universities in Europe. It provides a highly stimulating work environment and a state-of-the-art scientific infrastructure. The ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers an excellent opportunity for young researchers to acquire new skills and competencies, boosting their careers and helping to attain an independent senior position.

The ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports incoming fellowships for postdoctoral researchers at the ETH Zurich. The program is intended to foster high- potential, young researchers, who have already demonstrated excellence in terms of internationally competitive achievements in the early stages of their professional careers. Applications have to be made jointly by the candidate and their host who must be an ETH Zurich Professor and who will act as a mentor to the fellow. The duration of an ETH Fellowship is between one year and a maximum of two years.

Download complete information here: ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program PDF

 

Time to start planning for the H-1B visa cap

Posted by sbadministrator at Jan 31, 2013 03:41 PM |

Looking to work in the US? Hiring a foreign national? Make sure you get your Visa applications in on time!

The H-1B visa is the most common type of visa petition for US employers.  To qualify, an employer must demonstrate to the government that a foreign national (non-US Citizen/green card holder) possesses at least a bachelor’s degree or a foreign equivalent and that he or she is going to work for a US employer in a job that requires at least a bachelor’s degree or a foreign equivalent in a particular field.

Every year, the government begins accepting H-1B visa petitions for processing on April 1st.  This date is important because the government numerically limits the number of H-1B visas that it issues annually. Last year, the H-1B visa cap was reached on June 12, 2012 and we expect that the cap will be reached even sooner this year – potentially as early as the first day that the government accepts H-1B visas for processing on April 1, 2013.  Once the H-1B visa numerical cap is reached, an employer cannot petition for an employee’s H-1B visa again until April 1, 2014.

If you are currently employing any foreign national, are considering hiring a foreign national, or will be employing a recent college graduate that may be a foreign national, I urge you to contact me as soon as possible.  There are significant consequences of delaying the filing of H-1B visa petitions, including having an employee fall out of valid status and/or having an employee no longer able to work.

 

Switzerland strengthens cooperation with the United States in mobility of young researchers

Posted by sbadministrator at Jan 24, 2013 09:45 AM |

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On 25 January State Secretary Mauro Dell’Ambrogio and Dr. Subra Suresh, Director of the American National Science Foundation NSF, signed a Letter of Intent in which Switzerland expressed its desire to become involved in the NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide programme. Federal Council Johann N. Schneider-Ammann was present at the signing in Davos.

Launched in December 2012 by the National Science Foundation NSF (equivalent of the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF), the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) program aims to promote international collaboration in the field of academic research. At the invitation of the NSF, Switzerland will become the ninth member of this network of academic excellence. Switzerland has accepted this invitation, as the partnership will strengthen ties between leading academic institutions in the two countries. The aim is to enable the NSF’s best doctoral students to do a research internship of six months to a year at a Swiss university.

This agreement is part of the Federal Council’s international strategy in education, research and innovation, which aims in particular to support Swiss universities in their drive towards greater internationalization and scientific excellence. It complements and strengthens the existing partnership in the form of scholarships provided by the Swiss Confederation and the Fulbright Program. Since the 1980s, the latter has enabled more than four hundred young people to undertake research at an academic institution in the US or Switzerland.

MDA_SR.jpgScientific relations between Switzerland and the United States are excellent and intensive. The US is Switzerland’s most important non-European research partner. This is demonstrated by the fact that Swiss researchers most frequently publish in conjunction with US colleagues. Between 2007 and 2012 the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF provided over CHF 700 million in support of 3000 or more Swiss research projects that in some way involved cooperation with the United States.

This important partnership received political recognition in 2009 when a bilateral framework agreement on science and technology was signed. This letter of intent is a further step towards strengthening cooperation in these fields.

 

 Urban Data Challenge: Zürich | San Francisco | Geneva

Urban Data Challenge: Zürich | San Francisco | Geneva

Posted by sbadministrator at Jan 23, 2013 02:32 PM |

The Urban Data Challenge seeks to harvest the innovative and creative power of communities around the world to explore urban data sets through visualization.

Designers, programmers, data scientists, and artists alike are invited to take up the challenge: merge and compare mobility data sets from three cities—San Francisco, Geneva, and Zurich—and draw meaningful insights. Winning projects will showcase the power of open governmental data and facilitate the knowledge exchange between cities. Juried prizes include round-trip airfare to one of the participating cities and funding from Fusepool, the European / Swiss Datapool, for developing the project into an app.

The Urban Data Challenge Timeline runs February 6th through April 6, 2013: Get Updates→

  • February 6th: Launch events in San Francisco, California at swissnex→ and Geneva, Switzerland at the 2013 Lift Conference→
  • February 8th: Opendata.ch Hackathon, Lift Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Register→
  • February 23rd: International Open Data Day Hackathon, San Francisco, California at GAFFTA; Meet-up in Zurich, Switzerland
  • April 6th: Awards Ceremony, San Francisco, California and Zürich, Switzerland

 

Get all the information on the official Urban Data Challenge website.

 

Foundation offering scholarships for studies in top US universities

Posted by sbadministrator at Dec 21, 2012 02:24 PM |

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The Zdenek and Michaela Bakala Foundation, based in Geneva, aims to support students who wish to pursue their studies at the best universities in the world, primarily the United States, the United Kingdom or Europe (Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, Yale, etc.).

The scholarship program is designed for students living in Switzerland and registered with the Universities of Geneva (UNIGE), Lausanne (UNIL) or the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL).

The scholarship is available to Masters, PhD and Post Doctorate researchers (academic excellence recognized) and whose financial resources are insufficient.

The program is not intended for students in Bachelor degree and does not finance ERASMUS exchanges.

Candidates must already be admitted (or pre-admitted) to a distinguished foreign university.

The foundation is not limited to any particular field of studies.

The founder, Mr. Zdenek Bakala studied at University of California, Berkeley and holds a MBA (Master in Business Administration) from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College (New Hampshire).  The foundation will give a particular emphasis to candidates admitted to these institutions. (www.berkeley.edu ; www.dartmouth.edu ; www.tuck.dartmouth.edu ).

The nature of study abroad can be a full Master, PhD or Post Doctorate (PhD) degree or semesters in the foreign university as part of a Master, PhD or Post Doctorate from the University of Geneva, UNIL or EPFL.

The scholarship is intended to cover registration fees to the recognized foreign university and / or living costs in the host country.

Application forms are available on the following universities’ websites:

UNIGE: http://www.unige.ch/international/mobint/outgeneral/BoursesFZMB.html

UNIL: http://www.unil.ch/echanges/page93963.html

EPFL : http://sae.epfl.ch/fondations-privees

For more information, please visit the website of the foundation: www.fondation-zmb.ch

Patricia Legler

Director

 

UNIL's School of Biology launches a call for applications

UNIL's School of Biology launches a call for applications

Posted by sbadministrator at Nov 28, 2012 09:13 AM |

The UNIL's School of Biology launches a call for applications to the 4th Summer Undergraduate Research (SUR) Programme in the biological sciences.


This English-taught 8-week programme (July 4th to August 28th, 2013) aims at introducing Bachelor-level students to the world of biological and biomedical research: Individual students will be each integrated in a different experimental research laboratory of the School of Biology. This 4th edition of the SUR Programme will host around 20 participants from all over the world, including a couple of local students.

A scholarship toward tuition costs, living expenses and justified travel costs will be awarded to all selected participants. Application deadline: January 31st, 2013.

More information about the programme: http://www.unil.ch/ecoledebiologie/sur

 

swiTT - swiss Technology Transfer Association

swiTT - swiss Technology Transfer Association

Posted by sbadministrator at Nov 09, 2012 03:10 PM |

The Swiss Technology Transfer Association is the association of technology transfer professionals who are active in the transfer of technology from institutes of public research and education, university hospitals, and other not-for-profit research organizations to the private sector. More...

 

APSIA Fair in St. Gallen, November 12th

Posted by sbadministrator at Oct 30, 2012 09:37 AM |

The Master's Program in International Affairs and Governance (MIA) is hosting a Graduate Admissions Forum at the University of St.Gallen on November 12, 2012. This Fair which is offered within the framework of APSIA (Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs) will be attended by 14 US, European and Asian partners with graduate programs in International Affairs. Prospective students (undergraduates as well as professionals) can find out more about admission requirements to these schools and universities. Please see all important dates on the flyer.

In addition, there will be a Career Panel prior to the fair in which alumni of participating APSIA Schools inform prospective students on how they can have successful careers in different areas of International Affairs.

 

New Ecology Specialization at University of Zurich, Switzerland

Posted by sbadministrator at Oct 23, 2012 02:56 PM |

The Master Program Ecology at University of Zurich, Switzerland invites all international Biology Bachelor students to apply now for the new structured route that starts with the fall term 2013.

The pamphlet can be found here.

A poster of the program can be found here.

 

EPFL Bioengineering among world's TOP 3 in Bioengineering

Posted by sbadministrator at Oct 23, 2012 02:51 PM |

This year again, EPFL Bioengineering among world's TOP 3, just after the MIT and UC San Diego and...number 1 in Europe.

All of the three main world university rankings - the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the QS World University Ranking (QS) and the Times Higher Education World University Ranking (THE) - place EPFL in the top 30 in the field of engineering. And EPFL keeps moving up the tables year after year. Why is EPFL doing so well? To find out, let's take a closer look at each of these rankings and how EPFL has progressed.

 

Administrative Assistant for Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the U.N. in New York

Posted by sbadministrator at Aug 06, 2012 09:21 AM |

The Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York is looking for an Administrative Assistant 70% part-time for 2 year.

Starting date: September 1st, 2012 (or upon agreement)

Details see here.

 

Visa Specialist at Consulate General of Switzerland in New York

Posted by sbadministrator at Aug 03, 2012 09:13 AM |

The Consulate General of Switzerland in New York is seeking a qualified candidate for a 100% permanent position as Visa Specialist beginning immediately.

This position calls for an individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to operate in a service environment with international clientele.  The candidate must have experience in administration with all relevant computer skills.  Multi-tasking is required to handle the volume of cases, and in stressful situations this person is capable of performing the tasks of the job in a courteous and professional manner.  Training in will be provided.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Receive visa requests at the counter
  • Understand and implement the Schengen Agreement rules for visas
  • Deliver visa information by mail and on the phone
  • Communicate either in-person, in writing or on the phone with applicants for visas

Requirements: (Please do not apply if you do not meet all requirements listed below)

  • Employment experience in a related field
  • Fluency  in written and spoken English
  • Fluency in at least one of the official languages of Switzerland and passive knowledge of at least one more of the official languages (German, French, Italian)
  • Full computer literacy with Microsoft Office
  • Excellent organizational skills.  Must be capable of working in a small team and multitasking between projects and assignments
  • Preference given to those with extensive knowledge of Switzerland.

We offer:

  • Inviting work atmosphere in a foreign representation
  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • 100% matching in 401 k plan
  • 4 weeks paid vacation
  • Some American and Swiss holidays
  • Location in midtown Manhattan

 

To Apply:

Please send your resume, a letter of interest addressing the requirements listed above and salary expectations no later than August 10, 2012 in electronic format (Word document, PDF file) to: job-cgny@eda.admin.ch. Please write into the subject line, “Visa Specialist” to ensure timely processing of your application. Please do not contact the Consulate General. Only those who are chosen for an interview will be contacted.

 

Executive Master Program in Global Supply Chain Management

Posted by sbadministrator at Jul 20, 2012 09:04 AM |

The Executive Master Program in “Global Supply Chain Management” has been designed to provide all participants with the know-how, the competence and confidence necessary for the planning and implementation of logistical projects at the strategic as well as the operational levels.

This course is designed for University graduates (Master’s degree or equivalent) who wish to follow specialized courses in logistics. A continuing education program is also organized.

Key Points of our Executive Master:

  • EPFL is one of the prestigious schools in the world
  • Top level Executive Program with 80 ECTS (MAS, with a CAS option)
  • 20 years of teaching sessions (1993-2013)
  • More than 750 graduates representing 70 different nationalities from the 5 continents
  • EPFL-IML, an international reference for education in Supply Chain Management
  • Support from international companies and world organizations
  • International program
  • Collaboration with prestigious international universities
  • Key success for your future carrier
  • IML Alumni Network

 

Visit our website at http://iml.epfl.ch or don’t hesitate to contact us (+41 21 693 24 65 , direction.iml@epfl.ch) for more information.

 

ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Posted by sbadministrator at Jul 09, 2012 08:10 AM |

The ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports incoming fellowships for postdoctoral researchers at the ETH Zurich. The program is intended to foster high-potential, young researchers, who have already demonstrated excellence in terms of internationally competitive achievements in the early stages of their professional careers. Applications have to be made jointly by the candidate and their host who must be an ETH Zurich Professor and who will act as a mentor to the fellow. The duration of an ETH Fellowship is between one year and a maximum of two years.

For further information please visit the homepage.

 

Innovation 2012 - Switzerland is # 1

Posted by sbadministrator at Jul 09, 2012 07:55 AM |

The top three economies in the Global Innovation Index ranking 2012 are 1. Switzerland, 2. Sweden and 3. Singapore (see link below: page xviii). The innovation efficiency index is a result of a compilation of different ratings and measurements (e.g. in the fields of institutions, human capital and research, infrastructure, market and business sophistication as well as knowledge and technology outputs and creative outputs).

GII 2011 report

 

Marketing Manager position in Boston or New York area for Trekksoft

Posted by sbadministrator at Jun 20, 2012 08:26 AM |

Trekksoft, a Swiss Travel Booking Engine Startup is looking for a Market Manager in the Boston or New York area.

For more details about the position please have a look here.

About Trekksoft: TrekkSoft Ltd. was founded 2010 with the goal to operate a multi-client Booking engine for tour operators and activity providers. Today TrekkSoft provides online booking and reservation solutions for activity providers, tour operators, travel agents, tourist offices and event organizers.They are are a Swiss based company and our team consists of adventure enthusiasts, user experience specialists and expert programmers.

Mission of Trekksoft: TrekkSoft.com provides tour & activity companies with an easy to use, affordable and stable online booking solution.

 

AC Immune and Genentech Enter into Second Antibody Collaboration for Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by sbadministrator at Jun 20, 2012 07:52 AM |

AC Immune SA, today announced that it has entered into a second exclusive worldwide license agreement and research collaboration with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) for the research, development and commercialization of AC Immune’s anti-Tau antibodies for the potential treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Under the terms of the agreement, AC Immune will receive an undisclosed upfront payment and is eligible to receive research, development and commercialization milestone payments totaling more than Swiss Francs 400 million (approximately USD 418 million*) for Alzheimer´s disease and other indications. Additionally, AC Immune is eligible to receive royalties on net sales of products resulting from the collaboration. Under the multi-year joint research collaboration, AC Immune will work in partnership with Genentech to identify and formulate several pre-clinical candidates. Genentech will have global responsibility for pre-clinical and clinical development, manufacturing and commercialization of antibodies resulting from the collaboration.

Prof. Andrea Pfeifer, CEO of AC Immune said: "We are delighted to continue our excellent relationship with Genentech through this second landmark deal to fight Alzheimer’s disease. This underlines Genentech’s trust in AC Immune’s proprietary technology platform and we are confident in our joint abilities to develop not only first-in-class but also best-in-class medication for one of the biggest healthcare problems of this century.”

 

EURO 2012 Pool / Tippspiel

Posted by sbadministrator at Jun 05, 2012 02:40 PM |

Dear soccer fans!

Participate in the swissnex EURO 2012 pool. Download the template here, fill it out and send it back to andi@swissnexboston.org

This pool is only for the group phase of the EURO 2012. The best predictors will qualify for the final round.

There will be a small price for the winner so choose your predictions carefully!

Make sure to send your sheet before Friday noon, that's when the first game will kick off.

EURO 2012 Pool

 

QUALYSENSE WINS THE SWISSPARKS “STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2012” AWARD

Posted by sbadministrator at Jun 01, 2012 11:15 AM |

QualySense, an EMPA-based start-up company focused on innovative grain and seeds sorting technology, announces that was awarded with Swissparks “Start-Up of the Year 2012” award. The award ceremony took place on May 24th at the Lugano Congress Center. SwissParks.ch is the national association of incubators and technology parks; founded in 2000, it today comprises about 40 members, including 27 full members hosting over 1'000 innovative companies, and a fast growing number of associated members.

Paolo D’Alcini, Chief Operating Officer at QualySense says: “I’m very proud about this achievement, especially considering the value of the other finalists. It is a great opportunity for QualySense, as a start-up, to gain visibility. I’d like to take this chance to thank the Glatec-EMPA Technopark, member of the Swissparks network, for the continuous support, which allows us to focus on the key elements of our business. This is a real constructive way of supporting young companies.”

Alberto E. Romaneschi, QualySense’s Chairman of the Board, says: “This award recognizes the significant work that we all put into our venture each single day. We work very hard on bringing QualySense closer and closer to realizing its vision. With our leading sorting technology we will greatly contribute to an enhanced utilization of agricultural raw materials”.