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Recruitment Trainee 

“Ok, now what?” is usually the question you ask yourself after graduating from your hard-earned Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree, realizing you worked your ass off in a field you are not sure to pursue. Sitting on your bed, staring at a blank wall, picturing yourself observing cells grow Not that appealing? We might have something for you.

We offer options to be still close to sciences but work with people (evolved cells, you know), get to know the full picture of the life sciences industry without being on the bench all night to follow the developments, far away from assays and routine work.  

If you are more a people person than a cell person, keep on reading: 

We are looking for life sciences graduates to take on a 6 months traineeship and discover another side of the Life Sciences, working with top talent in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, grow as Recruitment Consultant in Life Sciences. 


The tasks vary throughout the traineeship, you will start out in a supportive role and train/learn as much as you can and with time you will take on more responsibilities, at your own pace.

Support your manager with day to day activities, including but not limited to:
_ Sourcing candidates on different platforms
_ Writing jobads to attract candidates
_ Responding to candidates, scheduling and conducting screenings and interviews
_ Be present at client calls/meetings and prepare questions to better understand job requirements and desired candidate profiles
_ Educate yourself about various job functions, positions and the companies we deal with on a daily basis
_ Suggest improvements and efficiency tweaks wherever you see them
_ follow a full recruitment process and support your candidates through their interview process

Develop yourself as a consultant / scientist recruiter
_ Continue to implement what you learned during our training sessions (Sales, interviews, negotiation, sourcing, client calls)
_ Develop your own clients and establish connections with candidates
_ Represent our brand and values to candidates and clients
_ Learn how to deal with rejection and frustration


_ BSc./MSc./PhD. in Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology OR related
_ Experience in a customer facing position is an advantage (sales, service etc.)
_ Fluent English is a must, any additional languages are a big plus
_ Curiosity, Drive, Ability to solve problems and Creative thinking 


We value curiosity, driven people and believe in an open and honest culture.
_ Work in a small team of young, passionate people who love their job
_ Startup vibe with financial security and stability
_ Learn about the Life Science industry
_ Connect to experienced industry professionals and thought leaders
_ Flexible work schedule, Hybrid working model (some people are early birds, some people are night owls)
_ Attractive Bonus structure 
_An environment to grow and develop your career.

**We offer permanent positions as consultant after the traineeship, should it be your path.**


headcount AG is a Zurich-based consultancy serving clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical technology and diagnostic.

We at headcount are fascinated and inspired by Science. Additionally, we thrive in a people-centric environment. We want to make finding great talent for our clients as simple and smooth as possible. Since our recruiters all have a life science background and retained the curious and knowledge driven mindset of scientists, we are able to find the right people for our clients, especially for difficult and hard to fill positions.

Team of 12 people, Maurice the founder, an Irish/Canadian dude who did every job you can think of, worked on the bench and finally decided to build up his own company after working at Amgen, spiced up by Sebastian, Royina and Liza, the jukeboxes of the company, we have artists, we have nerds, we have office dogs, we have terrible sense of humour but most of all we have passion and drive. 

Get in touch!   

Megann Löffler 
Dreikönigstrasse 55
8002 Zürich /

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