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Basic Knowledge on Fixed-Term Employment Contracts in Academia

JUNO Seminar

Target audience postdocs of all research areas    
Language English    
Duration 3 hours    
Seminar costs Participation is free for HHU members and members of HHU's Medical Faculty.    
Registration Please register using the registration form below.    

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10am - 01 pm

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Most pre-docs and postdocs at German universities are working in limited-term employment contracts according to the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG). The WissZeitVG limits the overall duration of employment in limited-term contracts at German universities or research institutes for qualification purposes to 12 years (15 years in the field of medicine). 
In certain cases, for example for childcare, the WissZeitVG allows extensions of the maximum period of employment. It also contains special clauses for limited term employment in third-party funded projects. 
This seminar aims to equip participants with the necessary basic knowledge of WissZeitVG that is essential for the planning of a career in science.

The following topics will be discussed

  • Basics of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz/Academic employment law
  • 12-year-limited term contracts
  • Extensions
  • Third party funded projects
  • Teilzeit- und Befristungsgesetz (TzBfG) / Part-Time and Fixed-term Employment Act (TzBfG)
  • Multiple fixed-term employments

Katharina Lemke is a legal advisor with the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (Deutscher Hochschulverband, in short DHV) DHV represents more than 30.000 members. It provides comprehensive information and services for university professors and up-and-coming academics in Germany.

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