FIRST is a central scientific facility of the ETH that reports directly to the vice-president of research of ETH and is financially supported by the ETH Zurich.
The founding members (6 professors from 4 departments) have formed the FIRST Management Team (FMT). New Professors joined the team who has 11 members right now. The FMT determines the scientific and strategic directions of the FIRST lab.The FIRST coordinator is chosen out of the FMT on a rotational basis for a 3-year period. He or she represents FIRST to the executive board of ETH Zurich and supervises the FIRST operation team (FOT). The FOT consists of 3 academic employees that are supported by 5 1/2 technical positions. These positions are permanent and financed directly by the ETH. The FOT is responsible for the management of the facility operation, the development and maintenance of processes, the evaluation and installation of new equipment and the training of the users.
Apart from the FIRST positions mentioned above, the laboratories of the FMT members are obliged to supply additional manpower to FIRST. This manpower is managed by the FOT.
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