I worked at University of Geneva full-time
work life balance, salary, lots of vacation days
no competition or passion for their positions
I applied online. I interviewed at University of Geneva (Geneva (Switzerland)).
I was invited for the PhD program. Had to visit some labs and give the labs I prefer in a ranking order. After that I gave a presentations, professors had also to rank PhD students. When the rankings match you get a hit. That's how I got the position. followed by an interview. The process looks like an auction. I suspect professors discuss among them how possible PhD students are placed.
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