Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act – Overview on the "Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz"

Event for doctoral candidates and postdocs in the qualification phase


15. Februar 2022 09:30 – 15. Februar 2022 11:30


This workshop will give you an overview of the legal basis for fixed-term employment contracts for academic staff at universities and research institutions. Employment contracts of academic staff are concluded on the basis of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz. Here, the 12-year maximum fixed-term limit must be observed for positions financed by the university. The workshop will explain how this is calculated and how contract extensions due to childcare or parental leave are taken into account.

However, many academic staff are also employed in positions financed by third-party funds at the university. In this case, it is not the maximum term limit of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz that is important, but rather the availability of corresponding third-party funding for a specific task and duration of a project. The regulations that apply here and the effects on the maximum term limit will be examined in detail in the workshop.

Intended Learning Outcomes

You will

  • Receive an overview of the regulations of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz.
  • Know how to calculate the 12-year maximum fixed-term limit.
  • Know the possibilities for extension in the case of childcare periods and parental leave.
  • Know how fixed-term employment contracts are concluded within the framework of third-party funding at the university.

Didactic Methods

Trainer input and plenary discussions


To participate in the online course you need a PC/laptop with a current browser (recommended: Chrome or Firefox) as well as a headset (or speakers and microphone), a webcam plus a stable internet connection.

Target group

Doctoral candidates and postdocs from all disciplines


Maximum number of 20 participants
Free of charge


Fully booked

Please register until January 31, 2022 using the online registration form.

Please note that you need to register once in our database to use MARA offers.


Dr. Ulrike Preißler


MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)