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University of Basel

Employer Portrait: F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is a leading research-focused company specializing in the two sectors of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. As the world’s largest biotech company, Roche develops clinically sophisticated drugs for oncology, virology, inflammatory and metabolic diseases and ailments of the central nervous system. Roche is a pioneer in diabetes management and is also one of the world’s largest providers of in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics.

Information on the employer

Health care (pharmaceuticals & diagnostics)
Basel and Kaiseraugust with company headquarters, Burgdorf, Cham, Reinach, Rotkreuz, Schlieren

more than 150 locations in 66 countries
Annual turnover
Group (2010): CHF 47.5 billion
Number of staff
Switzerland: approx. 11,700 (40% women)

Internationally: approx. 80,000
New hires/year
Switzerland: approx. 600 vacancies each year, approx. 60–80 of which filled by graduates
Required specializations
  • Biologists
  • Chemists
  • Engineering scientists
  • Electrical engineers and IT experts
  • Computer scientists
  • Mechanical engineers and process engineers
  • Pharmacists
  • Doctors
  • Patent lawyers
Desired degrees
from the start of a degree program, after a bachelor’s degree, after a master’s degree

Direct employment:
master’s degree, PhD


All current vacancies are listed on the Careers Portal careers.roche.ch, where you can apply for jobs directly online. You can also set up a profile and deposit it in the Roche Talent Pool. You will then receive automatic notifications when vacancies in your field of interest are listed.

Mission statement and company ethos

Therapeutic products and diagnostics that considerably improve the quality of life and chances of survival of patients are the strategic goal of Roche’s personalized medicine approach.

Roche cultivates strong company values and leadership skills that underpin our corporate principles and shape the working environment as we imagine it.

  • Integrity: we always act openly, honestly, ethically and authentically.
  • Courage: we exercise entrepreneurial thinking and therefore take risks, overcome obstacles and experiment.
  • Passion: we employ our energy and conviction to stimulate, motivate and inspire others.

Salary and employee benefits

We offer our staff an appealing work environment with excellent development opportunities and benefits.

Salary: Roche offers attractive salaries and stakeholder models that take account of the competence, performance and experience of staff. Starting salaries are typical of the industry and depend on the applicant’s qualifications.

Benefits: Roche offers jobs that make it possible to pursue your professional development, personal goals and family duties in equal measure. A variety of site-specific plans and programs have been developed for this purpose. These include flexible working hours as well as various sport and leisure activities.

Working hours and work-life balance

Roche offers attractive leisure activities in the areas of arts and culture, sport and entertainment as well as flexible models for working hours to promote employees’ health and work-life balance.

Working hours: Roche supports and promotes flexible work models that allow for more mobility and freedom with respect to working hours and locations and that accommodate employees’ personal work- and lifestyles.

  • Flexible annual working hours
  • Work in different places around the site
  • Working from home
  • Shared workspaces

Roche offers the latest technologies and high-quality equipment where necessary to facilitate more flexible styles of work.

Work-life balance: we are a company whose success depends on the creativity and commitment of its employees, which is why Roche respects their needs and harmonizes personal and family duties with professional development. Work-life balance is promoted in different ways at the various sites and in different countries. At the Basel location, Sportclub Roche has its own sports facilities with regular training sessions in various disciplines. Staff have access to a swimming pool and an attractive, high-quality range of leisure and cultural events (Museum Tinguely, Roche’n’Jazz, Roche Kulturpass) with special rates for employees.

Career start opportunities and fields of employment

Career start options
  • Direct employment
  • Postdoc and trainee programs
  • Internships and final theses
Fields of employment
  • Research
  • Development
  • Production
  • Registration
  • Quality assurance and control
  • Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Computer science
  • Engineering
  • Finance


Is improving people’s health and quality of life important to you? Then get on board with us! We’re looking for hard-working employees who will help us pursue this goal together. Submit your application once you have successfully completed your studies or maybe after you have gained some of your first work experience through internships. Come to us with your curiosity, motivation and commitment and benefit from an open and trusting atmosphere.

You will quickly find a successful career path in this environment – and can make your mark. For a better life. The specific job requirements are described directly in the job ad.

Development perspectives and continuing education

The training and development of talented and hard-working staff is at the core of Roche’s company philosophy. All employees are offered a wide range of opportunities within the company.

Development perspectives: Roche makes it a top priority to recognize talented individuals with potential and to help young managers grow. The goal is to fill manager positions with people with the necessary skills and qualifications to lead the company to success. As an attractive employer, Roche offers numerous opportunities for employees to develop within the company.

Continuing education: Roche places great emphasis on promoting the personal and professional growth of all employees. This covers a wide range of areas:

  • Field-specific continuing education to solidify and expand expertise
  • Interdisciplinary courses (for example, personal development, work methods, communication)
  • Languages
  • Facilities and lab for in-depth expertise in the natural sciences or technology
  • Safety, health and environmental protection  

Careers abroad

As a multinational global corporation, Roche offers ambitious employees outstanding overall conditions to find themselves professionally. Nearly two thirds of the teams are international. In Switzerland alone, Roche employees come from 80 different countries.

Intercultural cooperation is of the utmost importance. The variety and diversity of our staff is seen as an opportunity – one that is actually put into practice. Accordingly, Roche constantly provides opportunities within the company to work internationally at one of the over 150 locations in 66 different countries. In addition, the Roche Group fully owns Genentech (USA) and also holds the majority stake in Chugai Pharmaceutical (Japan).

Opportunities for students

Are you interested in putting your knowledge and ideas into practice? Then you’ve come to the right place at Roche! Make your mark. For a better life.

By doing an internship, you will expand your understanding in your specific field and gain a great deal of insight into the company by actively participating in the day-to-day business and current projects. Internships at Roche generally last between three and nine months.

By taking part in actual projects, trainees at Roche gain insight into various fields of work and systematically become acquainted with their future tasks. Through project work and training programs, including seminars, workshops and lectures, you expand your knowledge and skills while building up your personal network of contacts before you take on actual responsibility for a certain area. A traineeship lasts between 12 and 18 months and is divided up into three or four individual stages.

Roche invests in various areas to train PhD students and postdocs who are interested in acquiring, applying and deepening their knowledge and skills in a specialized field. For this reason, Roche offers the opportunity to complete a postdoc in various disciplines or a doctoral dissertation in cooperation with a university.

Application process

Innovation is the key to our success. This requires that we continue to learn, grow and are always developing. This is why we need people who have set the same goals for themselves. Join an innovative, dynamic work environment and help improve the quality of life of patients all over the world.

Do you want to find out more about development opportunities at Roche? Then visit us at careers.roche.ch, where you will find all current vacancies and can apply directly online. You can find out more about exciting positions at Roche and deposit your application profile in the Roche Talent Pool so that you will receive automatic notifications when your profile matches an available position. The portal constantly has around 800 vacancies worldwide.

Special information

Roche is recognized as a particularly attractive employer in Switzerland and around the world again and again. For example, based on detailed surveys of large companies in Switzerland, the independent, pan-European research company CRF Institute identified the best employers nationally in 2010 and rated them in six different categories.

Roche in Basel took first place in four of the six categories: Remuneration & Appreciation, Work-Life Balance, Advancement Opportunities and Company Culture. Roche also made a good showing in the areas of Market Positioning & Image and Job Security, proving that the company is a preferred employer and will remain so in the future.

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