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Show or hide the answer What will I need to do after I arrive in Martigny?

The first thing you will need to do after you arrive in Martigny is to report to the Foreign Office so that they can finalise processing of your work permit. You will also need to open a bank account, find permanent accommodation and organise health insurance. If you have a child/ children, please also complete the form to claim the state allowance paid to families with dependent children, available from the secretariat. (please see each of the relevant sections on bank accounts, finding an apartment, insurance and the work permit for more details).

Show or hide the answer What are the rules about office hours, holidays, vacation?

Idiap is officially open between 9am and 6pm. Of course, as a research institute, Idiap’s actual hours of activity are rather 24/7, since Idiap members are more or less free to work when they prefer, especially when they are in close contact with partners in different timezone. However, there are some mandatory group activities and meetings, in addition to the regular meetings with supervisors and colleagues, that require presence during regular hours. The official work duration is 42.5 hours per week.

As a full time employee at Idiap you have 20 days (4 weeks) of personal holidays per year. In addition, there are 7-8 national and religious holidays per year, depending if some of them fall on weekdays or not.
Finally, given the large number of foreigners at Idiap who like to visit their family during the Xmas season, Idiap is also closed between Xmas and New Year, usually 5 days.

Show or hide the answer How will I get paid?

Idiap salaries are paid monthly. Your pay will be deposited electronically in to your Swiss bank account on approximately the 25th day of the month.

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