Information for Assistants

This page is intended for assistants. Here, you find some pdfs with further information and helpful hints.

Useful hint for online teaching

A nice tool to organize the online lab classes via zoom - when you have multiple groups - is the breakout room feature of zoom. For detailed information see here Zoom Breakout Room.

Organization of the lab classes

Below you find information on how the lab course is organized. Most questions should be answered in the documents, however, if there is anything unclear or you have a question, please do not hesitate to contact me, either via or the office and helpdesk HPP J 14.

Organization of Students and eTestats:

All organizational matters are handled via the Webtool. You can log in with your nETHZ credentials.

Dates and Times

The lab course takes place on various mornings and afternoons, depending on the course of studies. All relevant dates for the lab course in HS 2020 are summarized in this document. The dates for the introductory events for assistants will be published here as soon as they are available. The first day you actually have to be physically present in the lab is:

  • D-PHYS: Mon, 28th of September or Fri, 2nd of October
  • D-HEST, D-ERDW: Tue, 22nd of September
  • D-MAVT: Wed, 16th of September

Testing your experiments

Before the students come to the lab, you have to test your experiment. In order to do so, find yourself a free time slot (typically between 6 am and 4 pm, other times upon request), and let me know when you want to come by to test your experiment. The embedded calendar below shows you when other assistants are coming to test their experiments, or when I am busy otherwise.

Important: It is very useful if you bring empty protocol sheets when testing your experiment, so you can fill them out with your own results.

English Manuals

There exist English manuals for each experiment. However, some translations are not brilliant and can contain mistakes (language, formal, content). If you want to make the manuals brilliant, or if you have constructive feedback, I very much appreciate it! Ideally you send your feedback via .


The assessment grid (by Chiara Decaroli) might serve as a guideline how the reports could be graded.