Assistant professorships and externally funded assistant professorships are temporary positions that serve to promote academic career development. These positions provide junior academics with an additional qualification, thereby enhancing their prospects of obtaining permanent professorial posts.
Assistant professors are appointed by the Executive Board of the University. As a general rule, UZH provides the main source of funding for assistant professorships, although endowed professorships are an exception here.
Externally Funded Assistant Professorships
Externally funded assistant professors are selected by a research foundation (such as the SNSF) on the basis of a review of submitted projects. The Executive Board of the University is responsible for the final decision on employment. As a general rule, the research foundation concerned provides the main source of funding for externally funded assistant professorships.