Employment contracts at Kiel University

If you sign an employment contract at Kiel University you are an employee in the civil service of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein and are subject to the respective laws and statutory regulations. Payment and working conditions are regulated by the Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst der Länder (trade agreement for the civil service in the federal states of Germany).

If you have signed an employment contract for a position reserved for doctoral studies this will be a fixed-term contract that specifies certain teaching obligations. If you are employed as a third-party funded research assistant you are only obliged to teach if the grant agreement issued by the respective funding organization explicitly allows for or specifies such an obligation. Since third-party funded projects are temporary your employment contract will be temporary as well. In such cases your duties are defined by the project manager, who is legally entitled to change or modify these duties. He or she is also responsible for the allocation and use of all third-party funds.

If your employment contract does not specifiy any teaching obligations but you would still like to do some teaching you need an additional contract, such as e.g. a Lehrauftrag (teaching assignment). Please note that you are not allowed to conduct any kind of teaching without a valid legal contract.

The Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst der Länder (trade agreement for the civil service in the federal states of Germany) specifies your weekly working hours. If you hold two or more part-time positions the combined working hours must not exceed the statutory maximum for employees in the civil service of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein (please note that weekly working hours differ from federal state to federal state).

It is possible that you will sign consecutive employment contracts as a doctoral candidate. In this case it is not the number of contracts that is significant, but the cumulative duration of the contracts. The Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (the German federal law regulating employment contracts of academics at German public universities) specifies the maximum period of time of employment that can be covered by temporary employment contracts. Please note that the positions created in the scope of the Hochschulpakt 2020, such as the Lehrbeauftragte für besondere Aufgaben, also count in this instance. You can find extensive information about the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz on the webpages of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Federal Ministry for Education and Research).

You can find a lot of useful information concerning personnel and employment matters on the webpages of the personnel management of Kiel University.

If you have any questions concerning your employment contract please contact the personnel management of Kiel University or the Personalrat Wissenschaft (staff council for academic and research staff).

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