I found a principal investigator that appears to have 2 labs at 2 different universities at the same time. In University of Cambridge and ETH Zurich.

Also, the 2 labs are doing the same research.

How does this work? Surely he can't be flying back and forth between UK and Switzerland everyday?

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    A relative of mine runs business in three cities, one of which is in another country. The simple and obvious answer is that he's not doing everything by himself. Even a PI with just one lab doesn't work alone! And I would be wary of claiming it is the same research - related work performed by two groups with a single PI for coherence seems to be a very good idea, where neither group could do enough of both projects, and neither project would progress well if done separately. – Nij Jul 9 '16 at 9:37

The ETH Zurich website clearly states on the right edge that the lab has relocated to Cambridge.

A few faculty do fly between institutions on a regular basis. I suspect it works poorly.

  • Thanks for pointing that out! ETH Zurich should have just removed the lab from the list though, this is very misleading. – Quevun Jul 11 '16 at 20:54
  • @Quevun usually universities do not remember to do that. – Anonymous Physicist Jul 11 '16 at 23:27

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