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University of Basel

Dual Career (DC) Advice

Dual career couples are couples in which both partners hold advanced, usually academic qualifications and have a life-long career path.

Highly qualified and internationally distinguished scientists are one globally sought-after group of people who are often able to choose from a selection of different universities. Overall academic conditions and, increasingly, the “soft” factors offered by a certain locations play a role in the decision-making process. When changing positions, there are many social changes to deal with such as organizing your stay, finding a position for your partner or spouse, childcare, etc.

Please also note the information provided in the chapter "Entry & Permits", as particularly important for Dual Career-Couples in terms of Finding Employment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications/Profession.


A) DC-partner of Professors

The Welcome Center helps in this regard partners accompanying newly appointed professors to find direction in their professional fields and avenues (Dual Career Advice).

B) DC-partners of Post-Docs

Unfortunately, the University cannot offer DC-advice to partners of Post-Doc staff. However, in the context of the University's new membership in the International Dual Career Network (IDCN Basel, see information below), DC-partner of Post-Docs are invited, too, to benefit from this exclusive business-related networking opportunity. DC-partner of Post-Docs a) who have moved to the Basel area in the past 2 years (a pre-condition for a membership in the IDCN) and b) who are focusing on enterprises in the Basel area are warmly invited to send an email for registration purposes to welcome@unibas.ch (with her/his name + the name of the Post-Doc partner working at the University of Basel).


Membership in the International Dual Career Network (IDCN)

The University of Basel is a member of the International Dual Career Network (IDCN) - Basel since 2016. The global non-profit network supports partners of newly appointed professors as well as partners of Post-Docs as they explore their career options in the region after relocation, particularly those who are focusing on private enterprises. Interested Dual Career partners of professors and Post-Docs who have started work at the University of Basel in the last two years, or who are about to do so, are invited to attend and register via the University of Basel Welcome Center. IDCN membership is free and non-binding for Dual Career partners; registration at the Welcome Center is mandatory.

The video-clip of the IDCN-Zurich-Zug-Schaffhausen gives an idea of the IDCN-events.


Dual Career Network of the Eucor - The European Campus universities

To provide support to dual career couples, the University of Basel offers a collaboration with other universities in the Upper Rhine region. The Dual Career Network that includes the Eucor universities in Basel, Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Upper Alsace (Mulhouse-Colmar) and Strasbourg was founded in 2009.


Equal Opportunities Office

Since 1998 the Equal Opportunities Office has been entrusted with the political mandate to make equal opportunities a reality at the University of Basel. The aim is to rid university structures as well as the organizational and scientific culture entirely of discrimination, make them equality oriented and family friendly and to increase the percentage of women at the various skill levels. The Equal Opportunities Office devloped the Dual Career-Service at the University of Basel and was in charge of it until end of 2014.


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