BFH working environment – Where your skills make a difference

Bern University of Applied Sciences is a university with regional roots but strong national and international connections. Do you want to use your skills to make a difference? Join our dynamic and innovative working environment!

Every day, around 2,500 members of staff from 60 different countries use their knowledge and expertise to deliver teaching, research and administrative services in our university’s eight departments.

In addition to fair terms of employment, our staff appreciate the high degree of independence and flexibility they are given when it comes to organising their work, our family-friendly structures and the ample development opportunities. Our ethos is one of respect and trust. BFH is an attractive employer, offering a wide range of career opportunities.

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Salary

The salary system for staff at BFH is regulated by the statutes and regulations of the canton of Bern. Each post is assigned to one of 30 pay grades. You will be assigned to a specific pay grade, based on your professional and other experience, when you take up your employment. You will find the latest pay grade tables on the website of the Canton of Bern’s Personnel Office.

Occupational pension plan

The staff of BFH are generally signed up to one of the following:

Working models

At BFH, we offer our staff flexible working models, with the opportunity to work part-time and remotely – including at management level. Over 66 percent of our male staff and almost 85 percent of our female staff work part-time.

Holiday

As a staff member of BFH, you are entitled to at least five weeks of paid holiday per year.

BFH promotes a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible working models and the option of working part-time or remotely. As an employer, BFH also tries to assist with constructive solutions when it comes to its staff with caring responsibilities.

Maternity, paternity and adoption leave

Our female staff are entitled to 16 weeks’ paid maternity leave. During this period, they are paid 100 percent of their salary, based on their average pay in the previous five months.
Fathers and adoptive parents are entitled to paid leave of 10 working days.
On the birth or adoption of a child, BFH staff may also take up to 6 months of unpaid leave – provided their head of department agrees.

Nursery places

BFH offers its staff a limited number of nursery places in Bern, Biel and Burgdorf.

We are an equal opportunities employer. Women make up 50 percent of our Executive Board. Our university thrives on cultural and linguistic diversity, a balanced age and gender mix and a range of mindsets and approaches.

Equal pay

At BFH, we are committed to an equal pay policy for men and women. This is reflected by BFH’s very good results in the equal pay self-test tool (Logib) reviews that are run every two years.

BFH combines the eight departments Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering AHB, Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen FSISM, Health Professions, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL, Bern University of the Arts HKB, Social Work, Engineering and Information Technology TI and Business along with Services and the President’s Office. The university has sites in Bern, Biel, Burgdorf, Magglingen and Zollikofen.

Biel/Bienne campus

In 2022, BFH is set to merge its technical disciplines at the Biel/Bienne campus. The new, central location is situated adjacent to Biel railway station.
This move will create an efficient teaching and research environment for the two departments TI and AHB, in shared, cutting-edge premises that meet all of today’s expectations of a place of teaching, learning, research and work.

Bern campus

At the Bern campus, Health Professions, Social Work, Business, the HKB performative arts, the President’s Office and Services will be combined under one roof in Weyermannshaus Ost in the west of Bern from 2026.

As a BFH staff member, you will enjoy attractive offers and discounts in a whole range of areas, from sports and culture to hardware and software.

You will also have plenty of opportunities for continuing education and professional development.