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Relocation allowance for Postdocs

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I have a job offer from university of Bern and would like to know if the universities in Switzerland offer some kind of relocation allowance?

Any information and as detailed as possible would be of great help to me.

Many thanks in advance.
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Re: Relocation allowance for Postdocs

That really seems like the sort of thing you should ask them directly. There are not many people in your situation and every canton does things a bit differently, so you have a very small chance of someone having this exact situation recently.
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Dear Community,

I have a job offer from university of Bern and would like to know if the universities in Switzerland offer some kind of relocation allowance?

Any information and as detailed as possible would be of great help to me.

Many thanks in advance.
This should help. You'll find a phone number and email address on the right.
https://www.unibe.ch/research/adviso...index_eng.html
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That really seems like the sort of thing you should ask them directly. There are not many people in your situation and every canton does things a bit differently, so you have a very small chance of someone having this exact situation recently.
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I just wanted to know if it is a normal practice within university network to offer relocation allowance to postdocs. I will definitely contact HR once I have formal letter.
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Re: Relocation allowance for Postdocs

Relocation allowance? Things are a bit different in CH.

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PS. HR is useless. Your contract conditions depend entirely on what the professor decides.
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Dear Community,

I have a job offer from university of Bern and would like to know if the universities in Switzerland offer some kind of relocation allowance?

Any information and as detailed as possible would be of great help to me.

Many thanks in advance.
No it is not; unless your PI has sequestered funds for postdoc relocation, you're out of luck.
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Re: Relocation allowance for Postdocs

In the 10 years I worked at ETH I never met a postdoc who had their relocation paid for. Of course, you could try and negotiate with your PI anyway!
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Re: Relocation allowance for Postdocs

Never heard of it happening, and I've worked in a lab here for 15 years and know quite a bit about the funding structure and payment of salaries in academia.

Feel lucky that a prof has agreed to use their grant money or internal funds to pay your salary, you will earn a much better wage in CH than pretty much anywhere else in the world by a long shot, and you'll have twice as much holiday allowance as you would in e.g. North America. I am 99% sure you won't get any assistance for the move.
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