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How to get one-on-one coaching

We are a central point of contact at UZH for up-and-coming researchers at the University of Zurich regarding questions and concerns related to the qualification periods of the doctorate and post-doctorate.  

Are you an advanced PhD candidate or postdoc at UZH and have a non-subject-specific concern or need a reflection on your work context, academic qualification, or professional career?

When can a coaching be helpful?

The doctorate and the post-doctorate can be a particular challenge – especially in its final phase. Resistance to stress and one's frustration tolerance can suddenly drop; people may experience great uncertainty and worry about the next steps. In situations like these, an individual coaching can be helpful.

What can a coaching do?

Coaching is a process-oriented consulting method. Its aim is to closely examine the situation at hand, mobilize the solution potential of the person affected and determine concrete steps of action. Self-reflection and understanding of the current situation are at the center – solutions are developed by the advice seekers themselves. This ensures that the approach and solution path are adequate for the person and situation.

What can’t a coaching do?

Coaching is not a training or qualification event; no finished proposals for action or solutions are presented and no subject-specific advice is given. And especially: coaching is not a substitute for psychotherapeutic or psychiatric counseling or treatment.

Scope of coaching by GRC

We bear the costs for 3 to 5 coaching sessions over a time period of 6 months at the maximum. The coach will directly charge the sessions to GRC.

The available means are limited. Besides the eligibility of the problem at hand, the first-come-first-serve principle applies.

GRC collaborates with expert coaches who are diversely experienced and specialized in the scientific field.

How to proceed?

Please contact  Claudia Vorheyer directly via email for an individual consultation. Please describe your request in detail, indicate your institute affiliation, and add a phone number so that we can reach you if need be.

All requests will be kept confidential and will not be shared with any third party. 



Do you need advice in case of conflicts?

Contact persons in faculties and central advisory services


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Dr. Claudia Vorheyer
Consultations and Quality Assurance,
ensa First Aider for mental health

New employment regualtions

New regulations of rights and responsibilities include provisions on employment for postdocs as well as senior teaching and research assistants. They will come into effect on January 1, 2024.