Every couple of years, IfI members appoint mid-level faculty and department representatives. Find a short description of their tasks and responsibilities below. To contact all representatives at once, use the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty – PhDs, Post-Docs and Senior Assistants
I am tasked with representing the complete mid-level staff (“Mittelbau”) on a faculty level. This implies I attend faculty meetings led by the Dean, where (among other things) open professorship positions, hiring committees and changes in curriculum are discussed. IfI is one of four departments within our faculty and each department has a representative such as myself. Together with the other faculty Mittelbau representatives, we meet regularly to compare department issues and solutions, attends meetings of the VAUZ (the Mittelbau association of the UZH), organize social events on a faculty level, and represent our needs in the university senate meetings.
My goal is to connect higher level management developments with the needs of our mid-level staff. This goes both ways: sharing information from the senate and faculty to the department when necessary, as well as making our voice heard on the higher levels of organization.
I collaborate with the departmental representatives to bring positive change in our department for the Mittelbau, which includes suggesting changes to the PhD program, organizing social and academic events.
Feel free to approach me with issues or questions you might have and we can figure out how I can assist.
Department – PhDs
My task, as the internal PhD representative, is to communicate the interests and needs of all PhD students to the IfI and its professors.
One part of my duties is to attend the regular teaching meetings of the department.
Besides representing the PhD students in official events, I can also initiate changes within the IfI (e.g., propose changes for the PhD program, infrastructure, rooms and many other things).
On top of that, I‘m also organizing social events, to increase the bonding between the PhD students and the different groups.
If you wish to have something changed, or got another issue that matters for most of the PhD students, you can reach out for me anytime via mail, or just swing by and talk about it. In case you want to stay anonymous, I will keep your name a secret as well. I will also assist you in finding the right person to help you, if you got a more individual issue (harassment, discrimination, organizational things, …).
Of course, I will keep any such matter confidential, except you explicitly tell me not to.
Department – Post-Docs and Senior Assistants
As the Post-Docs and Senior Assistants Representative (“Post-Doc- und Oberassistenten-Vertreter”), I participate in the regular teaching meetings of the Department of Informatics to advise the Department directorate and other professors on the concerns of IfI’s Senior Assistants. Additionally, I share the Post-Doc perspective on important issues (campus Oerlikon, procedural and administrative changes, infrastructure) with the Department management. If you have any ideas on how to improve the situation at IfI or you want to share an important insight across the Department, do not hesitate to contact me, as long as it is relevant to several Post-Docs and/or Senior Assistants. If the issue is about your particular situation (a specific research group, a specific person, or a specific contract), contacting other members of IfI might be more appropriate – see below. The easiest way to catch up with me is to send me a short email explaining your concerns or suggestions; indicate if I should keep your name to myself or if I can refer to your person when bringing up the concern to the respective Department bodies.
Representatives defend and safeguard collective interests of the mid-level faculty (PhD Students, Post-Docs, Junior and Senior Research Assistants) in various Department and University bodies as well as through informal contacts.
However, there are important issues which lie outside of their responsibility. If you have a conflict with your colleagues, students, or supervisors, you should consider contacting the Academic Integrity Officers of the IfI (at the bottom of the page). In case of formal questions concerning your dissertation, employment, or organisational processes, please consult the responsible administrative and academic staff: PhD Team and Advisory Service, IfI Administrative Resources (German only), Human Resources Information (German only).