In its initial phase the focus of the project was the exploration of the current situation and best practices already implemented at the UZH. Additionally, a network was built as well as potential contacts at the UZH were identified. Since 2019, the project has been concentrating on the implementation of the findings gathered so far in two subject areas: the temporary reduction of workload for professors and the reduction of the individual workload through separation of redistribution of tasks in leading positions. Various smaller and larger sub-projects are currently being carried out in these two subject areas at different faculties.


The current activities are mainly divided into the following subprojects:


The UZH has facilitated Part-Time Professorship as an instrument for some time. It offers professors the option of a part-time appointment or allows professors to reduce their workload temporarily in order to better reconcile working life and family.


The funds saved by reducing the workload can be used for replacement jobs. The usefulness of this instrument has been examined through a series of interviews with past and present users as well as with other important stakeholders. Overall, the model can be considered a succesful best practice at the UZH. However, discussions have shown that the model is generally very little known.



In cooperation with members of the Vetsuisse Faculty a workshop with about 10 participants on the topic of flexible working models in veterinary medicine was held in September 2019. As a result, a position paper on part-time work and job sharing at the professorial/clinic management level was developed. The position paper is to be used in the design of new guidelines for future appointment procedures at the Vetsuisse Faculty.

Based on this, veterinarians in senior positions and the hospital management discussed new working models for a more efficent use of research time at a second workshop in January 2020. Building on this discussion, the project manager, the vice dean and the vice president of the GLK drafted a factsheet with measures for a better protection of the research time. The factsheet contains concrete recommendations for senior physicians as well as for the domain of academic career development. It was approved by the faculty board in the spring semester 2020 and is available to all appointment commissions as well as to all mentors.


Human medicine

In collaboration with the HRM Directorate of the University Hospital Zurich, a pilot project is currently being conducted with a clinic on the topic of flexible leadership models for physicians with the aim of identifying the prerequisites and challenges of flexible working models for cadre physicians and deriving recommendations for other clinics.

Flexible working models at the level of institute management at the PhF

The aim of the activities in this working area is to develop a clear functional profile for the positions of head of department and managing director, and to describe the interface between the positions. The development of the function profiles is a necessary basis for a possible reallocation or reduction of tasks, for example in the form of a part-time function. In this area, initial discussions with officials have taken place. Activities in this area will continue in 2020.