In recognition of outstanding performances in teaching and research, the ETH Board – upon a proposal by the President – may award the title of Professor to Senior Scientists of ETH Zurich. In terms of personnel policy, the corresponding professors maintain their employee status according to the Personnel Ordinance for the ETH Domain (PVO-ETH).
In exceptional cases, this honour may also be bestowed upon external persons who have rendered outstanding services to ETH Zurich by means of longstanding, regular teaching accomplishments.
The title expires once the valid relationship with ETH Zurich as defined at the time of the awarding is no longer maintained over a period of two years, for example due to a termination of employment or a discontinuation of the teaching activities. Senior Scientists who are regularly retired at ETH Zurich may keep their professorial title after their retirement.
The principles regarding the awarding of a professor title are stated in the Richtlinien des Präsidenten über die Titularprofessoren und -professorinnen an der ETH Zürich (German version only).