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Postdoctoral in Switzerland

Hi EF,
I am contemplating coming back to Switzerland for a another postdoctoral contract. I was in Switzerland as a postdoc for 3 years but left in 2013. Does anyone, know how long can one work as postdoc in Switzerland? what permit one gets nowadays? does the age or year when one graduated makes a difference? I am in my 30s and graduated in 2010 and have an excellent publication record but academia is harsh mistress.
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Re: Postdoctoral in Switzerland

I know EPFL has a limit of 6 years for postdocs. However, I don't know if that is pro-rated (ie. if you come in having already done 3 years, are you limited to 3 additional years?). I do know you're supposed to get salary increase for your existing post-doc experience.
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Re: Postdoctoral in Switzerland

As an ex postdoc, I can only advise against a further post-doc. It will only get progressively harder in academia unless you have done the necessary for a lectureship/professorship and are willing to take on that battle. I do not know your area, but I would suggest taking the plunge into industry/commerce now rather than later
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Re: Postdoctoral in Switzerland

There is also an age limit to post-docs in CH.
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Re: Postdoctoral in Switzerland

Thanks all. I totally agree KiwiSteve, I honestly no longer wish to continue in academia. The problem is I cannot find positions in industry as well because they want industry experience...it is a catch 22. I am thinking to get into another postdoc to position myself in Switzerland and start looking from day 1 for a real job outside of academia. But I know it is harder for non-EU in Switzerland.

What is the age limit?
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Re: Postdoctoral in Switzerland

There is no official age limit, but realistically over 35 is going to be difficult . The Fachhochschulen (Wädenswil, Winterthur, Luzern, Basel........)are expanding at the moment with a number of vacancies being advertised and they are places with good contacts in industry. I am not sure if the six year rule also applies for them. Companies in the science park area around the ETH have also been advertising in the Biotech area.
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