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University of Zurich Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
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  1.  

    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)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Postdoc at ETH

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral

    I worked at University of Zurich

    Pros

    For a postdoc the pay is quite good. It's an international atmosphere and many of the labs are top notch. There is money and the equipment is usually well-maintained.

    Cons

    If you don't know German you will feel isolated in the community. Labs tend to be a bit isolated and there doesn't seem to be too much interaction between labs even within the same building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Of course each professor has a different style so it will entirely depend on which lab you join as to how you evaluate your experience. In our department I felt the senior management had difficulty dealing with conflict and with communicating changes that were going to be made. They especially had a hard time hiring new professors.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    University

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Zurich part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    work life balance is very good

    Cons

    no future perspectives of employment the employment is temporary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Once in Zurich, Always in Zurich

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at University of Zurich full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Zurich is a beautiful place to live, and the University is exceptionally well funded in comparison to North American and other European universities. PhD students and Postdocs are often making more than professors in other non-Swiss universities. Every department is different, of course, but there is an overall feeling of community here. Once you are in and find your place, opportunities will be made available for you to stay.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to integrate into Swiss life, although if your department is international this might not matter. Many positions are allocated in house which can make getting in difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good Uni for biology researchRela

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    Former Employee - Technician in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Technician in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at University of Zurich

    Pros

    Depends a lot on supervisor, but lots of independence and relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Salaries a bit low by local standards

  7.  

    Flexible and laid back employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Zurich

    Pros

    work-life balance, location, atmosphere and peers

    Cons

    For the city of Zurich too little salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    PhD at UZH

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at University of Zurich full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    International atmosphere, competitive international salary that allows you to have a decent life in ZH

    Cons

    Salaries are different depending on the field of study

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Full Time Hours for Very Small Salary for PhD

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at University of Zurich part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues, Campus and Location, International Exposure and Multicultural Environment. Modern Facilities and Amenities. Work/Life Balance amazing.

    Cons

    Very small salaries. Compared to other reviewers, mine was well below 50%, which made life in Zürich a nightmare, altough this strictly depends on the chair. I suggest potential employees to look at the ETH for jobs and PhDs rather than at the University of Zürich. ETH is better organized, has more funding, and staff is employed with fairer conditions. Mensa is horrible and very small at the University, although the saff is very friendly and helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The University needs policies for minimum salaries. The choice of the PhD salaries amounts cannot stay in the hands of Professors who employ 2-3 PhD studends with one 100% salary. Mensa should be bigger.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    UZH is one of the best places for research

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at University of Zurich full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being a PhD student in UZH you have the opportunity to be part of cutting edge research, while working in an interdisciplinary environment. Funding for research at the moment is satisfactory. One can get a very good training during the PhD studies.

    Cons

    A PhD especially in life sciences last quite long at cases more than five years.
    PhD students are employed 50% but are expected to work 100%. As a consequence their salary is one of the lowest in Switzerland.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Good place for research

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at University of Zurich full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    relaxing and beautiful environment. The University of Zurich (UZH, German: Universität Zürich), located in the city of Zurich, is the largest university in Switzerland, with over 25,000 students.[3] It was founded in 1833 from the existing colleges of theology, law, medicine and a new faculty of philosophy.

    Currently, the university has faculties of arts, economics, law, medicine, science, theology and veterinary medicine. The university claims to offer the widest range of subjects and courses at any Swiss higher education institution.
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    Cons

    The salary is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not available

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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