Welcome to the University of Zurich!
Here you will find important details about your new job environment.
The Executive Board of the University extends a personal welcome to all new staff.
Discover fascinating research topics at UZH.
Build a network with your new colleagues.
Please register here for the next Welcome Day in German to come. The next Welcome Day in English will take place on September 11, 2019.
Registration (in German)
Most of the UZH staff are employed under public law. Members of the teaching staff are employed under private law.
You will find all necessary information here:
Information about your pension funds at UZH:
UZH offers full-time and part-time employments with flexible working hours.
Administrative and technical staff are required to record their hours worked.
To learn how working hours are regulated see fact sheet working hours.
Human Resources offers advice and support in all questions concerning your employment. There are numerous consulting services for your personal well-being:
Family and Career
UZH places value on ensuring the compatibility of family and career - for instance, by offering a wide range of child-care services near your UZH place of work.
Family and career (in German)
UZH has established eight leadership and management principles with the aim of raising awareness of challenges surrounding leadership. They contain specific recommendations for leaders and managers, and ideas to help them reflect on their own leadership style and behavior.
The University believes it is essential to cultivate a leadership culture that combines the freedom necessary for research and teaching with the operational business requirements at the administrative level.
UZH supports its employees to develop and improve their leadership and management skills.
The salary system of the canton of Zurich applies to most of our staff. Individual salaries are set in accordance with the professional role acquired and the level of your professional experience.
At UZH, there are fixed classification guidelines for the salaries of junior academics and instructors.
Salary system of the canton of Zurich (in German)
The employment ordinance of UZH (PVO-UZH) as well as the employment act of the canton of Zurich and its ordinance (Personalgesetz, PG) provide the legal foundations for your employment under public law. The Swiss Code of Obligations governs employments under private law.
Employment ordinance of UZH (PVO-UZH) (in German)
Employment act of the canton of Zurich (PG) (in German)
Employees must also observe numerous UZH regulations, policies, and guidelines. You are required to inform yourself independently and to regularly up-date your knowledge of such regulations and policies. Here are several important documents:
Legal documents of UZH (in German)
Diversity Policy (in German)
Representative Bodies at UZH
There are currently three representative bodies (“Stände”) at UZH representing the Privatdozent, the members of the non-professorial academic staff, and the students. Their rights to participate in the University’s committees and bodies are laid out in the University Act and the University Statutes.
The organization representing the administrative and technical staff is not currently an official “Stand”. However, this will change when the partially revised University Act enters into force and UZH will in the future have four representative bodies. The composition of these bodies will also be subject to new regulations.
The interests and concerns of UZH members are currently represented by the following organizations:
VSUZH University of Zurich Student Association
VAUZ Association of the Non-Professorial Academic Staff
PDV Association of Privatdozents and Adjunct Professors
In addition, the infrastructure staff are represented by their own organization:
VIP Association of the Infrastructure Staff
As an employee of UZH, you benefit from numerous discounts and other offers. Click here for inspiration.
Eligible employees can also apply for meal contributions with a lunch check card. This requires a UZH Login.
We believe continuing education for our staff members is essential.
UZH offers various in-house continuing education. In addition, UZH and ETH Zurich have a broad range of language-learning courses. UZH employees can also attend the training and continuing education programs offered by the canton of Zurich.
"Lernwelt" program of the canton of Zurich (in German)