UZH as an Employer
Welcome to the University of Zurich!
The following summary contains the most important information for new employees at UZH and introduces the University of Zurich as an employer.
UZH Welcome Day
The Executive Board of the University extends a personal welcome to all new staff.
Discover fascinating research topics at UZH and build a network with your new colleagues.
Find out more about the event and the upcoming dates.
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:
Employment conditions under public law
Employment conditions for instructors
Information about pension funds at UZH:
UZH offers full-time and part-time employments with flexible working hours.
Administrative and technical staff are required to record the hours they work.
To learn how working hours are regulated, please see the Fact Sheet on Working Hours.
The Human Resources (HR) Department offers advice and support in all questions concerning your employment. Moreover, there are numerous consulting services for your personal well-being:
Family and Career
UZH values its employees' work-life balance – for instance, by offering a wide range of childcare services near your UZH workplace.
kihz – foundation for childcare in the Zurich University area
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 in developing and improving their leadership and management skills.
Mission Statement and Policies
The University of Zurich is an autonomous institution of the Canton of Zurich and is subject to public law. Our Mission Statement defines the identity, goals, and role of the University in academia and society.
Mission Statement and Policies
All employees, leaders and managers must also observe our UZH policies.
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.
Salary system of the Canton of Zurich
At UZH, there are fixed classification guidelines for the salaries of junior academics and instructors.
Salary classification guidelines for academic positions (PDF, 236 KB)
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)
Employment ordinance of the Canton of Zurich (PVO) (in German)
Implementation ordinance of the employment act of the Canton of Zurich (VVO) (in German)
Swiss Code of Obligations (OR)
Employees must also observe numerous UZH regulations, policies and guidelines. You are required to inform yourself independently and keep up to date with these regulations and policies. Here are several of such important documents:
Legal documents of UZH (in German)
General house regulations (PDF, 99 KB)
Regulation on the use of IT tools (in German)
Representative Bodies at UZH
Please find more information here:
Discounts and Offers
As an employee of UZH, you benefit from numerous discounts and other offers. Click here to find out what these are.
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 courses. In addition, UZH and ETH Zurich have a broad range of language courses. UZH employees can also attend the training and continuing education programs offered by the Canton of Zurich.
In-House Continuing Education at UZH
Language Center of UZH and ETH
Continuing education program of the Canton of Zurich (in German)