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    Fantastic working conditions, brilliant people, but no room for long-term employment

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at University of Zurich full-time (more than 3 years)


    I have worked at UZH as a postdoctoral researcher for about 3 years. There was always enough money to carry out the research I intended to do and to attend major conferences (this is not always the case in an academic setting). I extremely enjoyed the young, international and dynamic teams with flat hierarchies. You always find scientifically brilliant colleagues and supervisors to discuss your ideas, future projects and problems with. UZH also offers great opportunities to evolve through networking events, advanced trainings and career workshops. In addition, I personally enjoyed the reduced ASVZ membership, a sports union offering numerous daily classes all over the city.


    Unfortunately, as so often in academic research there is no possibility for a long-term employment. A stable work situation can only be found as research assistant or professor (see also Advice to Management). In addition, in my previous institute the IT department was slow and avoided to help individuals. Hopefully, this is not an overall UZH issue.

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    I think it would be helpful to reduce the size of the research groups. Individuals in smaller teams are forced to focus, work efficiently and publish faster. This will improve their chances to find a recognised group leader position afterwards and will avoid leaving so many people with no future perspective behind. In addition, the reduction of research team size will create more free leadership positions for new motivated peers.

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Zürich (Switzerland)
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    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at University of Zurich in May 2012.

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    Desribed above - phone, 1:1 and presentation in front of the group

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Headquarters Zurich, Switzerland
Size 50 to 149 Employees
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Type College / University
Industry Education
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