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Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
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    Good Uni for biology researchRela

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Salaries a bit low by local standards

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    PhD at UZH

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

    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
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    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)

    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
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    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)

    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.

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    Good place for research

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

    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
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    Good place to work

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

    Pros

    good place to work with all different collaboration

    Cons

    very strong competence within similar field

    Recommends
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    A nice environment to learn and grow

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

    Pros

    Concentrated accumulation of people with very specific skill sets, very disciplined and systematic approach to work and life balance. Excellent facilities for physical exercise

    Cons

    Communication letters in german, despite having a large international and multicultural work force. Could do with better interaction with the industry and develop skills useful to students in the professional world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please include more compulsory courses with industry professionals to know about specific skills and competencies required for their specific industry.

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    Working at UZH

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

    Pros

    The UZH provides a good working atmosphere overall. It is well equipped- has a large repository, well sized cafeteria and houses state-of-the-art devices. Several departments publish in high impact factor journals and produce scientists of international repute.

    Cons

    There is no inter-disciplinary work or collaboration at the moment. What is lacking is communication between different departments at the university and the possibility to work in an area that is not your expertise.

    Recommends
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    Tough but instructive

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

    Pros

    Resources, location, atmosphere. You have great autonomy and may feel more like an artist than an employee. Smart people. Great PhD opportunities. Great career support programs.

    Cons

    A great number of students, so your own research may suffer because of the supervision and admin stuff you have to do. No chance to get a 100% tenure.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    Nice environment, nice people (work in IT there)

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    Current Employee - Developer  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Developer in Zürich (Switzerland)

    Pros

    Workload is not heavy, money is good.
    Colleagues are very nice people around

    Cons

    Will feel boring
    Contract workers so......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing else, they are all great!

    Recommends
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