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Pension Funds

Your admission to the pension funds depends on the duration of your employment and your pensionable annual salary. You will generally be admitted at the start of your employment relationship.

The pension funds insure employees against the financial consequences of age-related retirement, invalidity and death. If insured persons leave the pension fund before one of these events takes place, the fund pays out the vested benefits.


As a rule, UZH staff are insured with the pension fund BVK Personalvorsorge des Kantons Zürich.

Fact Sheet on BVK (PDF, 144 KB)

BVK website


Holders of junior academic positions, student assistants and resident and attending physicians are generally insured with the VSAO pension fund (see PVO-UZH, § 70 para. 2).

Fact Sheet on VSAO (PDF, 165 KB)

VSAO website (in German)

UZH pension plan 101 from the VSAO pension fund ( (PDF, 103 KB)external document from VSAO in German)

Weiterführende Informationen


If you cannot find an answer to your question here, please contact the responsible HR representative in your organizational unit or the Competence Center responsible for you in the Human Resources Department.