Trial lesson

The selection and ranking of candidates form the subject of a report drawn up by the appointments committee.

This is submitted to a vote by the faculty, and then to the rectorate for approval. In cantonal universities, the final decision to appoint professors is generally made by the cantonal authority.

Once the selection of candidates has been approved, the first-choice candidate is invited to negotiate the contract.

If this is a first post as professor, or if the means available to the institution are severely limited, there will be little margin for negotiating the salary. It is however important to ensure that sufficient resources to commence work and establish research activities are granted (laboratory, machines, installation budget, number of assistant posts, etc.).