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Legislation governing fixed-term appointments in research

A Guide to the Amendment of the Fixed-term Employment in Higher Education and Research Act (WissZeitVG)

The Fixed-term Employment in Higher Education and Research Act (WissZeitVG) which has been in place since 2007, has been amended and came into force on 17 March 2016.

Under the amendment, the conditions governing the fixed-term appointment of research (and artistic) personnel have been changed with the primary aim of improving the qualifications of research (and artistic) personnel and preventing inappropriate short-term appointments.

Short-term appointments without material reason for non-research personnel under WissZeitVG cease to be an option and reference is made in this regard to the provisions of the Part-time and Temporary Employment Act. Furthermore, options to extend contracts have been improved, particularly where career breaks related to family leave are concerned.

The guide attached provides a brief overview of the upcoming new arrangements and of the remaining option for fixed-term employment for non-research personnel which is approved under DFG-funded projects.

Calculating the Salaries of Doctoral Researchers

To increase the attractiveness and competitiveness of positions for research employees who do not yet hold a doctoral degree, the DFG now enables the relevant specialist advisory committees to recommend funding for positions with more than 50%. This applies to all research areas. The DFG review boards have compiled an overview according to review board. This overview can be found via the link below.

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