Welcome to the VAUZ!

The VAUZ (Association of Junior Researchers at the University of Zurich) is the  community/body of doctoral students, postdocs and scientific staff at the UZH. The VAUZ is organised as an association under private law with its own statutes and has been alive and kicking for over 50 years now thanks to the unwavering political commitment of individual members of the Mittelbau. We are constantly working towards the improvement of the working and research conditions of the academic mid-level staff/junior researchers ('Mittelbau')with over 6000, we are by far the largest group of employees at the UZH. In other words, more than 50% of all UZH employees are represented by the VAUZ.

The VAUZ board consists of Mittelbau employees committed to the representation of the interests of our members concerning university and educational policy – not only within the UZH but also vis-à-vis the authorities and the general public. Furthermore, we offer advice and support to our members of staff, and organize events so you can exchange ideas with other junior academics.

The main task of the association is to ensure that their UZH members can exercise their rights of co-determination: we coordinate the consultation procedures within our representative body and elect the bodies’ representatives on the Board of the University, the Senate, the Extended Executive Board of the University, the permanent committees of the University, the faculty committees and commissions, and the assemblies of the departments and institutes. The rights and obligations of the UZH and the VAUZ  are determined by a performance agreement.

The VAUZ represents all UZH employees that are part of its political body, but with your membership fee you can actively support our work.