Program development and Coordination

Academic institutions

The academic institutions have developed and are continuously improving the CONNECT program. They are responsible for project coordination, advertisement of the program within their institution, and the selection process. 

If you would like to reach out to the CONNECT contact person at your institution, click on the respective logo.

industry and public sector

Partners from Industry and Public Sector

The success of the CONNECT program builds on interactions between scientists that are curious about exploring career options, and role models or company representatives who show opportunities. A big thank you to all the role models for their openness, and their willingness to share personal career stories, challenges they faced and how they managed to overcome them. We are also grateful to company representatives for giving our participants a behind-the-scenes view on their recruiting process, or providing insights into their daily work.
Get to know the partners of the upcoming CONNECT round (Sept 2024 - Mar 2025):

About us

We are committed to building a better future for our local community and the people we work with.

Hilti is a family-established business founded in 1941. The company evolved from a small family start-up to the trusted global business we are today. Its global headquarters is in Schaan in the Principality of Liechtenstein, where Martin Hilti established the company more than 80 years ago.

Construction is one of the largest industries globally. It plays a central role in the world economy; it creates jobs for millions of people, provides housing to almost everyone living on our planet, and builds commercial, industrial, and civil infrastructures that enable economic growth. The industry, however, faces significant challenges. It has yet to deliver productivity over the past decades. Skilled labor is in short supply, and health and safety issues are abundant on job sites. Carbon emissions are high and continue to rise.

In the face of these challenges, construction is transforming. Enabled by digitalization, construction is industrializing. Workflows are becoming more efficient and effective and will increasingly deliver productivity. Sustainability is essential for our customer’s success, and safety is moving up the agenda. Construction is becoming more productive, safer, and more sustainable. In short, construction is becoming better.

Hilti is ideally positioned to be this partner. With our focus on innovation, we help our customers to do things better. That is why we have defined Making Construction Better as our purpose. Better means improved productivity, safety, and sustainability. We want to be our customers’ best partner for productivity, safety, and sustainability and deliver better applications, projects, processes, and experiences.

At Hilti, our objective is value creation through leadership, built on differentiation and direct customer relationships. Value creation goes beyond economic value. We create value not only for our shareholders but also for our customers, suppliers and partners, team members, and society.

Our passionate and inclusive global team is at the core of our success. Together with the Hilti Foundation, we build a better future.

Why we participate in CONNECT

A diverse and inclusive workforce with females in leadership positions creates a great workplace and delivers superior business results. At a high-tech and innovation-oriented company, Ph.D. graduates and postdocs from top institutions are provided excellent opportunities to further develop, network, and gain experience exchange.

Information on entry opportunities and the application process

Our Corporate Research and Technology (CR&T) department has excellent opportunities for upstream technology development. In our Business Units, we offer roles in product development as a research or development engineer and the opportunity to grow into leadership positions in the respective field.

Reach out to your Hilti contact or check out our openings under Where Your Best Belongs | Hilti Careers

Main competencies we are looking for

Leadership skills, cross-department collaboration, a strong people orientation, a goal-driven, outcome-focused, and growth mindset.

Hints for successful applications

We will ensure that the CONNECT participants have a personal Hilti contact to identify opportunities together at Hilti. A strong motivational letter and professional CV are prerequisites for a successful application.

About us

Logitech designs software-enabled hardware solutions that help businesses thrive and bring people together when working, creating, gaming and streaming. As the point of connection between people and the digital world, our mission is to extend human potential in work and play, in a way that is good for people and the planet. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). Find Logitech and its other brands, including Logitech G, at or company blog.

Why we participate in CONNECT

At Logitech, we believe that diversity and inclusivity are core values that drive our success. We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and skills. We proudly participate in CONNECT, seeking to enrich our multicultural team with skilled female professionals who embody the future of technology. Our doors are open to talent, particularly Ph.D. graduates eager to lead and inspire.By embracing varied perspectives, we forge ahead, crafting magical experiences for users worldwide.

Information on entry opportunities and the application process

Our Research and Development department offers fantastic opportunities in research or product development, with positions available in various countries, allowing for a dynamic and international work experience. Have a look at the openings here.

Main competencies we are looking for

We are seeking candidates with a diverse set of technical skills including expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Sciences, Embedded Software, Microengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, and Sustainable Engineering, as well as soft skills such as Leadership, Cultural Competencies, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, and Teamwork, to contribute to our innovative Research and Development projects.

 Hints for successful applications

If you feel you are the right candidate for the opportunity, we strongly recommend that you apply. We want to meet you! Just be yourself!

Why CONNECT participants should choose us

Logitech is the sweet spot for people who are passionate about products, making a mark, and having fun doing it. As a company, we’re small and flexible enough for every person to take initiative and make things happen. But we’re big enough in our portfolio, and reach for those actions to have a global impact.

About us

The Sefar group is a globally leading manufacturer of precision monofilament textiles for client-specific solutions to separation, coating and dispensing needs in industrial processes and technical applications.

Our staff create and sell products that are in use worldwide in all relevant industries and sectors (pharmaceuticals, medicine, chemistry, the automotive industry, milling, mining etc.) . Sefar has over 30 sites across the world and can offer interested, motivated and willing employees positions in various different areas, with lots of potential for development and growth. This could be in Switzerland or abroad.

Why we participate in CONNECT

In our experience, the dynamic of mixed and diverse teams strengthens and promotes innovation. We see it as a chance to get in contact with Ph.D. graduates during the CONNECT program and maybe to enrich our teams with new talents.

Information on entry opportunities and the application process

Under the following link you will find more information: opportunities and application process.

Main competencies we are looking for

- Cross functional Cooperation: you are able to plan your actions globally, strategically, and market oriented.

- Focus: you organize your work processes efficiently.

- Customer-orientation: you act solution oriented and you are committed to ensure customer satisfaction.

- Innovation: you critically question the status quo to improve products, processes and organizational structure.

Hints for successful applications

Be yourself… this is how it starts to build a trustful atmosphere. And trust is one of our core values.

Why CONNECT participants should choose us

We are a hidden pearl in the eastern part of Switzerland with more than 3000 employees worldwide. You should join us and continue your career within one of the mentioned industries above.


About us

Founded in 1873 in Switzerland, Siegfried stands as a prominent global pharmaceutical leader specializing in contract development and manufacturing. Operating across 12 locations in Europe, the USA, and Asia, our 3600+ employees focus on scaling up pharmaceutical innovations while upholding unwavering standards of safety, quality, and sustainability.

Our dedicated efforts ensure the production of secure drugs, guaranteeing the uninterrupted treatment for millions of patients globally. Each year, Siegfried products make a positive impact, reaching up to one billion individuals. With such widespread distribution, there's a good chance you've encountered one of our carefully crafted medications!

  Why we participate in CONNECT

Siegfried's participation in CONNECT reflects our dedication to diversity and excellence in the pharmaceutical industry. As a global leader, we prioritize initiatives like CONNECT for cross-sector collaboration. By engaging with CONNECT, we actively support women's careers in STEM fields, connecting with talented individuals and influential leaders. This engagement not only shares our expertise but also fosters valuable insights from others.

Our support inspires the next generation of innovators and leaders, resonating deeply with our core values of mentorship and career development.

Information on entry opportunities and the application process

As a PhD student or postdoc, you have several opportunities to continue your career with us. We offer the possibility of direct work positions. You can check our open positions on our careers page, it is always up to date. Simply submit your relevant documents to your application. For more information on our hiring process, check out our careers page.

Main competencies we are looking for

- Adaptability and flexibility: in a rapidly changing industry, the ability to adapt to new technologies, regulations, and market demands is crucial.

- Collaboration: Given our collaborative approach with clients and within our organization, the ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams is highly valued.

- Problem-Solving: The capacity to analyze complex issues, identify root causes, and implement effective solutions is essential in a dynamic environment.

 Hints for successful applications

- Embrace Siegfried's Spirit: Dive into Siegfried's story and culture. What sets us apart? What values do we hold dear? Aligning your application with our ethos shows that you're not just looking for a job but a place where you belong.

- Tell Your Story: Your CV is more than just a list of jobs and qualifications—it's your narrative. Share your journey, your passions, and what drives you. Show us how your story intersects with Siegfried's mission.

- Focus on Fit: It's not just about ticking off boxes on a job description. Show us why you're a good fit for Siegfried's culture and values. How do your skills and experiences complement what we're looking for?

- Be Yourself: At the end of the day, we're looking for real people with unique perspectives and experiences. Don't be afraid to let your personality shine through in your application. After all, it's the human connection that matters most.

Why CONNECT participants should choose us

Expect to make an impact: Contribute to a collaborative environment where we take the precious innovations of our customers and scale them up to deliver safe drugs to patients worldwide. Expect to inspire: Step into a dynamic environment where your ideas have an impact. Expect to evolve: Be part of a global network that invests in your professional development. Expect to be valued: Experience a culture that values performance, fostering a sense of accomplishment and motivation.

About us


  • More than 2’500 employees

  • Near 70 interns

  • 7 federal offices

  •  … all working daily to ensure that the various networks (transport, telecommunications and energy) are both modern and efficient; and also dealing with issues relating to the environment, spatial development, health and safety.

Working at DETEC offers several advantages:

  • A large number of professions and functions,

  • Flexible working methods

  • A great interest in the well-being and development of employees

  • And above all a focus on equal opportunities and careers

Why we participate in CONNECT

We feel it is a great opportunity being able to connect PhD students and employees with similar backgrounds for them to share their experience. They also get to have an insight into what it is like to work at DETEC!

Information on entry opportunities and the application process

As a PhD student, you have several opportunities to continue your career at DETEC. We offer one-year internships as well as direct work positions. You can check the open positions on our website.

Main competencies we are looking for

  • Ability to communicate

  • Ability to give and take criticism, and deal with conflict

  • Strategic thinking

  • Speaking at least one of the national languages of Switzerland on a B2 level

Hints for successful applications

Highlight any experience you’ve had, show your motivation and most importantly be yourself!

Why CONNECT participants should choose us

We would very much like to take part in this experience with you. If you choose us, you’ll get an insight into what it is like working in STEM as part of the Swiss government. Come and get to know how to develop your career with us!

University of Applied Sciences

Get to know careers at a representative university of applied sciences.

Park Innovaare

As one of six innovation parks of Switzerland Innovation, the Park Innovaare promotes the exchange between science and industry. We connect technology-oriented start-ups/spin-offs, SMEs, and R&D departments of established companies with the cutting-edge research of our strategic partners - Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW - and offer state-of-the-art labs and office space that is optimally tailored to your requirements.

access to networks


These associations offer their expertise and network to CONNECT.