Assistant Professorships

Assistant professors are junior scholars who teach and pursue their own research. They can apply for funding for their projects at, for example, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) or the European Union (EU). As members of a faculty at UZH, they have the right to award a PhD to doctoral candidates.

Assistant professorships are temporary positions; the objective of this career phase is to qualify for a permanent professorship. Annual progress meetings with a member of the faculty board or an advisory committee help scholars to plan further career steps. In addition, the department for Human Resources offers continuing education courses for people in leadership positions at UZH.

At UZH, there is a distinction between a regular assistant professorship and a tenure-track assistant professorship. The tenure-track positions are reserved for highly qualified junior scholars if the faculty in question can offer a chair in the corresponding field. Procedures on granting tenure-track positions are determined by the individual faculties.

Particularly accomplished scholars can apply for SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships or ERC Grants and take on an independent assistant professorship at a Swiss institute of higher learning.