Science and Innovation Adviser

Embassy of Sweden
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Sep 02

Position description

Embassy of Sweden seeking Science and Innovation Adviser

The Embassy of Sweden in Washington represents Sweden and the Swedish government in the United States of America. The Embassy’s areas of work include politics and economics, science and research, defence cooperation, promotion, press and information, administration, and consular affairs. The Embassy hosts an Office of Science and Innovation. The Office’s mission is to promote Sweden as a leading knowledge nation with one of the world's most advanced innovation systems, attractive for investment and cooperation. The work of the Office includes long-term and strategic promotion of innovation, science, and higher education; strengthening connections between strategically important environments for innovation, science, and higher education; fact-finding and analysis.

The Embassy of Sweden is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

The Embassy of Sweden is seeking an Innovation and Science Adviser.


To promote and deliver collaboration between Sweden and the United States in the fields of innovation, science, and higher education. Particularly, in the areas of life sciences, the next generation of traveling and transportation, smart and sustainable cities, circular and bio-based economy, climate neutral industry, digital transformation of industry, skills supply and lifelong learning as well as new materials. The bilateral cooperation between Sweden and the United States is also instrumental for joint efforts to pursue a global knowledge-based and innovation-driven transformation towards sustainable development, with a particular focus on Agenda 2030.

The Adviser will report to the Embassy’s Innovation and Science Counsellor and interact and collaborate with other sections of the Embassy as well as engage with relevant government agencies and stakeholders in both Sweden and the United States.


The main roles and responsibilities of this function are:

  • Assist the Counsellor on Innovation and Science in developing bilateral collaborations as well as policy dialogues and mutual learning within the areas of innovation, research and higher education.
  • Monitor trends and policy initiatives in the United States in the areas above and establish networks with relevant actors and environments.
  • Support high-level visits relating to innovation, science, and higher education.
  • Advise Swedish stakeholders on innovation policies, programmes, and important initiatives in the United States. 
  • Actively contribute to the team’s communication to promote Sweden’s research excellence and key programmes. This will include interactions with senior officials and other contacts, public speaking and contributing to reports and social media.
  • Develop knowledge of the United States scientific research system and its stakesholders.
  • Broker Sweden-United States innovation and science collaborations at the level of research funders.
  • Provide input to policy processes in Sweden, sourcing and sharing examples of best practice, scientific evidence, and expertise.

Specific responsibilities may change over time.



  • Master’s degree as minimum.
  • Strong corporate, academic or government professional background with over five years of working experience.
  • An enthusiasm for, and knowledge about innovation policy and the internationalisation of science and innovation.
  • Excellent skills and a strong interest in communication with the ability to produce clear, concise reports, and to present effectively to different target groups. A proven track record in writing and editing articles, reports, and policy papers.
  • Fluency, both spoken and written, in English.
  • Excellent IT and social media skills.
  • Highly motivated, organised, and resourceful. A self-starter capable of working independently.
  • Effective team player with track record in delivering high-quality results under time pressure.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, capable of effectively interacting with members of the public, science community, and senior government officials.
  • Legal entitlement to work in the USA. American citizen or holder of a green card.


  • Knowledge and experience of policy-making processes and research and innovation funding programmes.
  • Experience of working in an international organisation.
  • Experience of working in the United States science and innovation system.
  • Command of spoken and written Swedish is not a requirement but will facilitate daily communication.

Application instructions


  • Fulltime position based at the Embassy of Sweden.
  • Varied and dedicated international work experience within a multi-cultural and open setting in a small and dynamic team.
  • Inspiring professional and personal development.
  • Salary will be set individually, based on qualifications, and working experience.
  • Probationary employment will be applicable for the selected candidate.
  • The position will start as soon as possible.


Your application should be in English and include a CV and a letter describing why you are interested in the position and working at the Embassy of Sweden. Please provide contact details of two reference persons (at least one must be from a current or previous employer). Do not send any originals, we do not return applications.

Application, labelled Science and Innovation Adviser with reference number DNR2021/29711/WASH, should be sent by email to [email protected] by September 21, 2021.  

For more information regarding terms of employment, please contact Johanna Bergenholtz at (202) 467 2653 or [email protected]. The Union Representative is Ann-Charlotte Merrell Wetterwik ([email protected]). For more information regarding the role please contact Science and Innovation Counsellor Maria Brogren at (202) 467 2648 or [email protected]

Please note: 

  • Applicants who do not have the required qualification and experience should kindly abstain from applying, as their applications will not be considered.
  • The selection process will include interviews as well as oral and written tests of professional and communicational skills.

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