Externally Funded Assistant Professorships

Externally funded assistant professorships make it possible for highly qualified young researchers who are pursuing an academic career to establish their own research group and to conduct an independent research project. They are awarded and funded by either UZH or the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). From 2018 onwards, SNSF Professorships are being replaced by SNSF Eccellenza Professorships.


All externally funded assistant professors are paid their salary in accordance with the provisions that apply within UZH, as their host university. Further details of salary arrangements are set out in the following fact sheet.

Fact sheet on salaries for externally funded assistant professorships, 2019 (PDF, 50 KB)

Pension Funds

SNSF assistant professors are insured by UZH with the VSAO pension fund.

SNSF Eccellenza professors, as well as externally funded UZH assistant professors, are insured by UZH with the BVK pension fund.

Employment decision form

SNSF Eccellenza Professors are asked

  • to complete the employment decision form, have it signed by the head of department responsible and
  • to submit it, with the enclosures listed in the form
  • as well as the «previous positions» form,

to Daniel Jud (daniel.jud@prof.uzh.ch) by e-mail.

Employment decision form (in german) (PDF, 472 KB)

«Previous positions» form (PDF, 504 KB)

Family Benefits

Externally funded assistant professors at UZH can apply to the Professorships Department for child and education allowances (family benefits).

Information and application for family benefits (UZH login) (in german)