ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowships (ETH Fellows) for Early Career Researchers – Switzerland

Postdoc Position at University of Zurich Switzerland

ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowships (ETH Fellows) – Switzerland

Designation/Position- ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowships

ETH Zurich, Switzerland, invites applications for ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowships from eligible and interested candidates

About- The ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme supports incoming postdoctoral researchers at ETH Zurich. The program is intended to foster young researchers who have already demonstrated scientific excellence in the early stages of their careers. ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowships

Research/Job Area- All available research areas at ETH Zurich

Location- ETH Zurich, Switzerland


  • At the time of the submission deadline, applicants must hold a doctorate (Ph.D.) or will complete their doctorate within the next six months.
  • Applicants with a doctorate (Ph.D.) must have obtained it two years before the submission deadline. The decisive date is the date of the examination or viva voce.
  • Applicants who have not yet completed their doctorate must submit a certification of the planned date of their defense signed by the advisor or department chair. The examination or viva voce must have been completed by the time the fellowship is started.
  • Applicants need to have at least one scientific publication in a peer-reviewed journal or have been awarded a prize for their doctoral thesis.

Job/Position Description- 

The duration of an ETH Fellowship is two years and cannot be prolonged.

The fellowship covers the fellow’s salary (100%, based on ETH standards). As of 2023, the following rates apply:  

YearGross salaryTotal rates
1CHF 91,280CHF 105,000
2CHF 95,860CHF 110,200
TotalCHF 187,140CHF 215,200

The total rates must be used for budgeting. They include 15.0% social security contributions to be paid by ETH Zurich.

ETH Fellows are also entitled to CHF 10,000 per year for research expenses, including travel/mobility allowances and research cost contributions. The budget allocated for travel and research costs may not be used to cover salary costs, and vice versa.

How to Apply- 

Applications must be submitted electronically in pdf format using the ETH Zurich grant application system (eResearch). The template for the project description can be downloaded from this page (under Documents on the right side).

The ETH Zurich Research Commission is responsible for the evaluation of applications. Proposals are assessed in the first step, after which selected candidates are invited to interviews. 

The interview takes place online and lasts about 15 minutes. Please reserve all interview dates given below for your submission deadline until you have been assigned a specific date. Individual preferences cannot be considered.

Last Date for Apply– 01 September 2023

Submission deadlines are 1 March and 1 September at 17:00 Swiss local time each year. The interview dates are tied to the deadlines as indicated below and will be conducted via video call.  

DeadlineInterview dates
1 March 2023, 17:00 Swiss local time9 May, 10 May, 11 May 2023
1 September 2023, 17:00 Swiss local time7 Nov, 8 Nov, 9 Nov 2023

Within two months after the deadline, the candidates will be informed whether they are invited to an interview. The final funding decisions are communicated about four months after the submission deadline.

ETH Fellows are expected to start their fellowship at the latest eight months after the submission deadline. If they cannot adhere to this date, an approval for a later start must be requested from the Grants Office.

You may contact for further information on the ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowships.

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