Links & FAQs

Scientific Staff at D-GESS: Standard types of employment and guide for supervision
This brochure summarizes the guidelines for the employment of scientific staff at D-GESS according to Appendix 2 of the Ordinance on Scientific Staff at ETH Zurich (SR 172.220.113; subsequently Ordinance on Scientific Staff)1 as well as for the supervision of scientific staff at D- GESS. Should uncertainties arise, scientific staff is asked to contact either the staff manager at D- GESS or the Association of Scientific Staff at D-GESS (ASST).

The AVETH Survival Guide
The AVETH Survival Guide is designed to help (prospective) doctoral students discover the objectives, possibilities and consequences of being an ETH Zurich employee, researcher and teaching assistant. It will provide you with a lot of information about ETH Zurich and your doctoral thesis, but also offer practical hints and tips about living in Zurich.


DGESS Doctorate and PostDoc regulations?

The scientific staff at DGESS is often wondering about unclarities in regulations and where to find regulations for doctoral studies and employment conditions for all scientific staff members.

Following, we provide an overview of relevant official regulations at DGESS.

DGESS Doctorate and PostDoc regulations:
feel free to contact us!
and have a look here:
DGESS-specific regulations for doctoral students and postdocs
Information Sheet for Doctorates at DGESS (including regulations for cumulative theses)
and find these and all further DGESS specific doctorate regulations here!

A Summary of Central Regulations at DGESS (December 2018):

Doctoral students:

The contract must be 100% apart from exceptions. From your second year of employment onwards, your contract has to be for at least two years.

If you have little obligations such as teaching or administration besides your doctoral research, the contract may be at salary level 1, but if you think these duties exceed about one day per week averaged over the semester, the contract has to be at least at salary level 2 (p. 2 of linked document).

Postdoctoral researchers:

All contracts must be 100% apart from exceptions, and for at least two years; after a maximum of 3-4 years you have to get a senior researcher contract (or after a maximum of 6 years of combined doctoral- (i.e., research assistant) and postdoc-contracts).

Senior researchers:

All contracts must be 100% apart from exceptions, and for at least two years.

Details of these and further relevant regulations can be found here; it is really worth skimming through these four pages!

Please make sure your contract adheres to these regulations before you sign it. If it does not, talk to your supervisor, or approach the HR and also feel free to contact us if you have questions or hesitations.