Employer Profile

The Wyss Center

The Wyss Center

Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Wyss Center homepage

Wyss Center careers

Who we are

Our mission is to accelerate the development of neurotechnology for human benefit.

The Wyss Center, is an independent, not for profit organization that provides the expertise, facilities and resources to transform creative neuroscience research into clinical solutions that will improve the lives of people with nervous system disorders.

Established by a generous donation from the Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss, the Wyss Center presents a new model in translational neurotechnology research, offering competitively awarded support for projects that have the potential to make substantial clinical impact.

Through its resident experts, technology platforms and funding the Wyss Center identifies and fosters creative new technology-linked solutions to treat nervous system disorders.


Working at the Wyss Center

At the Wyss Center we transform pioneering research ideas into clinical solutions that will benefit people and society. People are at the heart of what we do and we need a dedicated and motivated team working at the highest scientific and ethical standards.

Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps, Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland after Zurich and the most international city in Europe with over 40% of its population coming from outside Switzerland.

We are always looking for outstanding candidates with the ability to provide technical solutions for multiple neurotechnology applications in a cutting edge, multidisciplinary project-based environment.

Wyss Center Neurotech Challenge

Challenge overview:

The Wyss Center’s mission of developing neurotechnology for human benefit relies on innovative ideas. Now in our second year of operation, and with our expert teams, technical facilities and 18 pilot projects up and running, we are actively scouting for the latest neurotechnology concepts that we can help translate into real-world solutions.

We are looking for ideas that are creative, innovative and inspiring and that have the potential to revolutionize the lives of people living with nervous system disorders.

We invite scientists and engineers from academia, research institutes, companies and individual investigators to come up with a genuinely novel concept in the area of neural interface technology to help connect the human brain with the digital world for measurable human benefit.

The award includes:

  • The expertise of the Wyss Center’s multidisciplinary neurotechnology development team.
  • Access to Campus Biotech’s advanced technology development platforms in Geneva.
  • Funding to translate the successful application from concept to reality.
  • A year’s salary for the project leader.
  • Local housing for up to 12 months.
  • Funding for project staff.

Details, dates and deadlines

Detailed instructions for entry

The deadline for entries is 1 February 2017

Submissions may be sent out for independent external expert review.

A short list will be announced on the 14 February 2017 and the winner will be announced in April 2017.

Challenge criteria

The project must propose an innovative idea related to neural interface technology systems.

The project should solve an existing problem related to neural sensing or modulation with the potential for human application.

The project must make use of the Wyss Center’s Geneva-based WISE (Wyss Internal Special Experts) team.

The project must make use of the technical platforms at Campus Biotech, Geneva.

The project leader should be based in Geneva for at least 12 months during the course of the project.

Local housing in Geneva, Switzerland will be provided by the Wyss Center.

Pre-defined milestones must be achieved during the course of the project, which can exceed 12 months if milestones are met.

All justifiable project costs will be met.

IP will be negotiated with the home organization with the inventor’s rights fully considered.

The award is dependent on the successful application for a valid working visa or sabbatical agreement.

The WISE team

The Wyss Center’s unique interdisciplinary team of experts, the WISE team, are key members of all supported research projects. The WISE team includes neuroscientists and engineers from industry and academia, as well as experienced regulatory, and clinical experts.

The team works closely internally, and as partners, with academic researchers, industry collaborators and clinicians, as well as device regulatory specialists.