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  • Members of the Association can benefit from collective contracts for health insurance, with beneficial conditions.
  • The minimum salary of a PhD candidate at EPFZ is around 40’000- CHF/year, whereas the minimum salary at EPFL is 50’500, thanks to the continued work of ACIDE.
  • ACIDE was at the origin of the creation of nurseries at EPFL.
  • ACIDE -ComDoc is behind the introduction of doctoral students representatives within all commissions of the Doctoral School.
  • ACIDE -ComDoc is behind the introduction of mentoring system for PhD students.
  • After three years of effort at the national level (and much more at the level of EPFL), ACIDE managed to insert an article, concerning the need for a concrete career plan for the scientific collaborators, in the new Ordinance on Personnel within the EPF’s. These intensive efforts have recently been crowned with success by the establishment of international recognised academic titles for scientific collaborators at EPFL.
  • ACIDE is behind the introduction of academic titles for senior researchers.
  • ACIDE has been involved in the creation of a Careers Centre and with respect to this project, which began in 2000, was involved in a group which created the EPFL Employment Interface. ACIDE is pleased to see finally that the Career Center has officially opened at the beginning of Academic Year 2006/2007.

Residence permit (job searching) of six months granted to the foreign graduates of a Swiss Institute of Technology or a Swiss University

Residence permit (job searching) of six months granted to the foreign graduates of a Swiss Institute of Technology or a Swiss University

Until the end of 2010, PhD students were invited to leave Switzerland at the end of their thesis. With the coming into force in January, 2011 of the modification of the federal law on the foreigners (LEtr), EPFL PhD graduates are entitled to temporary residence permits (for job searching purposes) of a maximal duration of 6 months.

How to apply for such a permit?

Those interested will have to address “l’office de la population” in their commune of residence.
They have to provide a copy of the PhD diploma or a similar official EPFL document. Furthermore, they will have to prove that they have the financial means to support themselves in Switzerland during these6 months.

ACIDE is pleased with this result, because it has invested a lot of effort since 2007 to raise the interest in this matter in the political world. A parliamentary initiative (proposed by the national councilor J. Neirynck) was then born and was accepted on June 18, 2010, leading to the new version of LEtr.
ACIDE would also like to thank EDOC and EPFL for their investment in this subject.

Salary 2011 for researchers holding a fixed-term or flat rate contract (PhD students and post-docs)

Salary 2011 for researchers holding a fixed-term or flat rate contract (PhD students and post-docs)

Salary negotiations for the researchers under fixed-term contract took place in the beginning of January between EPFL Management and the social partners ACC and APC. ACIDE did not participate to these negotiations as it is not considered a social partner (Union). However, its committee had discussed this matter with ACC in October 2010.

Following these negotiations, an inflation compensation of around 0.7% was awarded only to researchers employed in 2011 but not to researchers employed in the years before. The annual increase remained unchanged.

ACIDE’s position

The ACIDE committee remains unsatisfied of the fact that the inflation compensation will be awarded only to the new researchers employed in 2011 and that the annual increments are not equally adapted. It is estimated that this salary policy is not in accordance with the decision from July 2007 regarding the salaries of assistant doctoral students and that it is not based on any legal document for the post-doctoral fellows.

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VOTATION: Automatic contribution of all scientific staff members intended for ACIDE

VOTATION: Automatic contribution of all scientific staff members intended for ACIDE

ACIDE committee would like to thank to all those who participated to this vote.

For details regarding the results of the vote and the standpoints, please pay a visit to the website:
http://ae.epfl.ch/cms/consultation_acide

The committee is now waiting for the decision of EPFL Management on this matter and will bring it to your attention as soon as it becomes available.