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Science and Innovation Adviser

Office of Science and Innovation, Embassy of Sweden

Office of Science and Innovation, Embassy of Sweden

Job ID
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Post date
Sep 8, 2021
Other Scientific, Medical, Health
Work Type
Full Time / Experienced (Non-Manager)
Amount not specified


  • Japanese: Business level (preferred)
  • English: Business level (preferred)


The Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo seeks a Science and Innovation Adviser, starting as soon as possible. Please send your application by 1 October.

The Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo represents Sweden and the Swedish government in the Japan. The main tasks are to promote Swedish interests in Japan and strengthen the bilateral relations. We report to the Swedish government offices on a broad range of issues, and conduct dialogues with Japanese government authorities, business and civil society. The Embassy has around 25 staff members. The Embassy hosts an Office of Science and Innovation, one of six such offices around the world. The Office’s mission is to strengthen Sweden as a leading knowledge nation with one of the world's foremost innovation systems, attractive for investment and cooperation. The work of the Office includes long-term and strategic promotion of innovation, research, and higher education; strengthening connections between strategically important environments for innovation, research, 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.


To promote and deliver collaboration between Sweden and Japan in the fields of innovation, science, and higher education. Particularly, addressing joint societal challenges in fields related to climate, digitalisation and health are of relevance. The bilateral cooperation between Sweden and Japan will also be central and 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 Counsellor on Innovation and Science, and interact and collaborate with other teams of the Embassy, as well as engage with relevant ministries, government agencies and stakeholders in both Sweden and Japan.


The main roles and responsibilities of the function are:

Take a lead, as directed by 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 Japan 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 Japan.
Actively contribute to the team’s communication to promote Sweden’s research and innovation 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 Japan´s scientific research base, including the best researchers; their future plans and what kinds of research Japan’s funding bodies and companies are interested in.
Broker Sweden-Japan innovation and research collaborations between research funding agencies.
Provide input in policy processes in Sweden, sourcing and sharing examples of best practice, scientific evidence, and expertise.
Specific responsibilities may change over time.


Master’s degree in relevant field as minimum.
Strong corporate, academic or government professional background with over five years of working experience.
An enthusiasm for, and knowledge about, innovation, innovation policy, and the internationalisation of research 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 and Japanese.
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.


Knowledge and experience in policy-making processes with in-depth knowledge of Japan’s research and innovation policies and funding programmes.
Experience of working in an international organisation.
Experience of working with Japanese academia, businesses, and government organisations.


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 application should be in English and include a CV, a personal application letter, and contact details to two reference persons (at least one must be from a current or previous employer). As we do not return applications, please do not send any originals.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. Application in hard copy shall not be returned. The position will start as soon as possible.

Please note that the selection process will include interviews as well as oral and written tests of professional and communicational skills.

The above information is a public job ad. This job ad is neither an offer nor a contract.

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