UZH conducts cutting-edge research at seven faculties and more than 100 institutes. Its reputation as one of the world’s foremost research universities is mirrored in international rankings. UZH collaborates with numerous research institutions worldwide and is a member of the prestigious League of European Research Universities (LERU), the European Alliance UnaEuropa, and the global network Universitas 21. With its international outlook, state-of-the-art infrastructure and attractice employment conditions, UZH offers an inspiring environment for passionate researchers and staff from all over the world.
For employment-related matters, your supervisor and the person responsible for human resources at your institute are the best source of information.
HR has collected the basic questions on the website UZH as employer. You'll find information on the probation period, working hours, family benefits, parental leave and more topics on the following website and document.
The Professorships Department is the central point of contact for all questions and concerns for professors at UZH. Their staff keep you informed about the appointment procedure, support you with employment-related matters, and provide information on life in general in the Zurich area.
The Professorships Department is also the contact point for assistant professors. Assistant professorships are temporary positions that serve to promote academic career development and enhance the prospect of obtaining permanent professorial posts.
Note that there are different research funding opportunities available for established researchers:
Due to the wide range of tasks and functions of postdoctoral researchers and mid-level faculty, information and services are divided into different categories:
UZH for Researchers focuses on research, funding and academic career development.
UZH for Teaching Staff addresses all issues regarding teaching at UZH, from quality to curricula, continuing education, coaching and many more.
UZH for Staff compiles all information on services, guidelines, offers (for instance the academic sports association ASVZ) and associations for UZH employees.
Note that there are different research funding opportunities available specifically for postdocs:
Funding Opportunities for Postdocs
An employment at UZH is based on public law. Instead of a contract signed by both employee and employer, you will receive an agreement signed only by the employer. This is called an employment by means of an order ("Anstellungsverfügung").
As a postdoctoral researcher and mid-level faculty, you're employed non-permanently. The exact duration of your employment is stated in your employment order. A position as postdoctoral researcher is limited to six years. A position as senior teaching and/or research assistant is limited to a total of nine years (including postdoctoral years). As a project employee, your employment can last one to three years. This can be extended to up to nine years in total.
Please note that for scholars from non-EU/EFTA countries, the maximum period of studies is 8 years (including degree, doctorate and postdoctorate studies or employment).
Spouses of new international researchers and staff who would like to continue their career after their relocation to Switzerland are encouraged to explore new professional networking opportunities. Since August 2016, UZH has been a member of the International Dual Career Network (IDCN). IDCN is a an association of international companies, universities and non-governmental organizations. Its goal consists in supporting the spouses of new international staff of IDCN members in their integration into the local employment market. IDCN has been active in the Zurich region since 2012.
For more information and current events regarding IDCN please visit the following websites.