BNF - National qualification programme

BNF – DCC Dual Career Couples

Offers and opportunities for partners

The University of Bern supports spouses and partners of newly arrived scientists who need to re-establish their careers in Switzerland. Depending on the individual situation we offer personal counselling and specialized coaching for the Swiss job market. More information can be found on the website "Work-life balance" of the Office for Gender Equality and at the Welcome Centre of the University of Bern.

Personalized Consulting – Module 1

Our consultants successfully provide professional support for academics and are qualified in the field of consulting and coaching. In addition, they have different professional skills and varied experiences in public institutions, the academy, or the private sector. The quality of the BNF consulting team results from a mixture of deliberate heterogeneity and experienced collaboration. At BNF, our focus is the individual assessment of your current situation. Depending on their professional biography, experience, and expertise, we inform our clients about the job market and application practices in Switzerland in order to support them in developing and executing a personal action plan.

Professional Networking – Module 2

In a BNF project, we support our clients in building up a professional network. Connecting with an institution by working on a temporary project enables them to develop or expand their network and gain work experience in Switzerland. BNF has a widely ramified professional network and an extensive project database. Nevertheless, we often create new projects with our clients, suited to their individual needs.

Targeted Training – Courses

BNF offers a wide range of high-quality courses in German, French, and English, which are all specifically tailored to the needs of academics. They focus on the customary job application practices in Switzerland. From a wide range of short intensive course units an individually suited selection can be made.

Course programme


DCC coordinator and coach

Edith Anna Kunz will conduct individual assessments with all clients and support them through the various stages of the job search.

Edith Anna Kunz, Dr. phil.

  • Dual Career Couples Coach and Scientific Consultant BNF
  • Fall 2018: Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor, Brown University, Providence RI (USA)
  • Certified Project Manager, IPMA, Level D (2017)
  • 2013-2016: Professorship of the Swiss National Science Foundation, University of Lausanne
  • 2014: Habilitation, University of St. Gallen (Modern German Literature)
  • 2003: PHD, University of Geneva

BNF Team

Edith Anna Kunz is aided by the BNF Team of the Bern, Basel, Lausanne, and Zurich branches. Thus our clients benefit from a broad range of professional knowledge and experience. Together we search for customized solutions.

For further information please contact:

PD Dr Edith Anna Kunz
Dual Career Couples Coach

BNF Dual Career Couples
BNF – Zweigstelle Bern
Hofweg 11
3013 Bern
T 031 684 57 11

BNF Dual Career Couples
BNF – Succursale de Lausanne
Avenue de Cour 32
1007 Lausanne
T 021 321 64 10