Andreas Zuberbühler was born in Basel and studied chemistry at the University of Basel.
He received his Ph.D. in 1965 under the guidance of S. Fallab. He completed his habilitation in Basel in 1969 after a period as a research associate working with H.S. Mason at the University of Oregon Medical School. He was appointed to his present position of Professor at Basel in 1978.
He is president of the Energy Commission of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Science, and member of the Federal Commission for the Safety of Nuclear Power Plants.