GRC Think Tank

General information

Junior researchers are the leaders and the university of tomorrow. But what do they need today to succeed in the future? What is their state of mind, what are their needs and concrete problems? What should change and what can be done? Through the GRC Think Tank, Graduate Campus aims to find answers to those and similar questions as well as to offer junior researchers at UZH a unique space for discussion and to provide a framework for developing ideas and solutions.

Participants of the GRC Think Tank have a unique opportunity not only to enter into an intensive dialogue with Graduate Campus and report on where they see problems and hurdles at UZH for themselves, but also to go one step further and, together with Graduate Campus, to identify measures that can be taken or improved at UZH so that they can make progress on their way. Careers both within and beyond academia should be taken into account.

GRC Think Tank "Perspektiven von Postdocs und Oberassistierenden 2018" (in German)

From 18 to 20 October 2018 the first GRC Think Tankwill take place at the Villa Garbald im Bergell ( Graduate Campus invites 12 postdocs and senior teaching and research assistants at UZH to discuss their situation, their wishes and what can be done for them at UZH - intensively, visionary and purposefully.


This independent and constructive discussion is intended to offer interested persons a platform for exchange and targeted impulses. The discussion language for 2018 is German.

Travel itinerary

  • Thursday, 18 October 2018: Depart for Bergell at 08:07 from Zürich HB (in the train to Chur), arrival at 12:30 in the Villa Garbald. 
  • Saturday, 20 October 2018: Return to Zurich at 13:26, arrival at 17:53 at Zürich HB.


There are no financial costs for the participants. However, personal commitment in terms of topic and time is necessary in order to achieve a meaningful result together with the group.


Interested postdocs and senior teaching and research assistants at UZH can apply by email to the Graduate Campus. The following application documents must be submitted:

  • Short letter describing the current situation and the motivation as well as a first wish list to UZH (max. one page)
  • Current CV
  • Confirmation that you are employed as a postdoc or senior teaching and research assistant at UZH

The application must be sent by email by 24.8.2018 as a single PDF file to the Deputy General Manager of Graduate Campus, Dr. Snjezana Kovjanic. 
We look forward to applications from postdocs and senior teaching and research assistants with different backgrounds from all disciplines and subject areas!

Both acceptance and rejection will be communicated by email by the end of August 2018 at the latest.