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Work and Research at University
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Work and Research at University
Welcome Centre
Work
and Research
at University
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6.1 Employment Contract
or Appointment
Academic employees at universities conclude employment contracts with the university which state
the salary scale and conditions of employment. In
Germany, however, many professors and academic
staff are public servants, and they are appointed.
Public servants’ salaries are laid down by the “Bundesbesoldungsgesetz” (the law regulating the salaries
of public servants) and the corresponding regulations of the respective Federal State. The salary scale
for professors is called “W”. In most Federal States
academic staff are paid according to a collective pay
agreement known as “TV-L”.
You will have to sign your employment contract before you officially start working. Your institute or
the personnel department will tell you in advance
which forms and documents have to be submitted
in order to draw up the contract. As an employee you
will usually be required to pay tax and social security
contributions. This is dealt with in chapters 8 and 9.
Please read them carefully.
LBV NRW
The “Landesamt für Besoldung und Versorgung NRW (LBV)” is the authority responsible for calculating and paying the salaries of
all employees and public servants, so you will
receive your salary statement from the LBV
directly. You can find the coordinates of people
to contact on your salary statement or by using your LBV-pin number to access the LBV’s
website. Here you will also find additional information on collective pay agreements, child
benefit and taxation.
www.lbv.nrw.de
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University of Bonn
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Health and Safety:
Health and safety is a major issue at the University of
Bonn. If you have any questions relating to health and
safety you should approach your immediate superior
who is responsible for implementing and observing
the rules and legal regulations governing your safety
in the workplace.
In Bonn:
Visit the thematic portal on the Intranet and click on
“Arbeitsschutz“ (occupational safety) and “Sicherheit
/ Strahlenschutz“ ((safetyy / radiation p
protection)) for
details.
The human resources development section
at the University of Bonn regularly organises
seminars for new staff and continuing education series for academic personnel. Visit the
thematic portal on the Intranet and click on
“Personalentwicklung” for details.
The thematic and staff portals also provide
answers to many of the questions that occur
in everyday working life.
http://intranet.uni-bonn.de/
Themenportal.html
http://intranet.uni-bonn.de/
Mitarbeiterportal.html
As a new member of staff you are bound to have
lots of questions about organisation and workflow
at the university: Where do I go to register travel on
university business and how do I claim expenses?
How do I get hold of material and equipment for my
workplace? Who will repair my computer? Who can
help me in case of conflict? What opportunities are
there for continuing education and consultancy at
the university?
You can find information on these and other questions in the column at the side and in chapter 3 (Facilities and Institutions at the University). To discover
how other matters are dealt with at your particular
institute it is best to ask your colleagues.
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6.2 Visiting Fellowships
If an institute invites you to work at the university as
a fellow you will become a member of the university
for the duration of your stay and will be entitled to
make use of the facilities and opportunities offered
by the university. As such, you will be subject to the
terms and regulations obtaining at your host institute.
We recommend you to clarify issues like the use of
equipment and laboratories and how cooperation
with other members of the academic and, if applicable, technical staff at the institute is supposed to work
in practice with your academic host at the earliest
opportunity.
Please note that fellows and visiting researchers are
not insured by the university. You are obliged to take
out health insurance cover yourself. In addition, we
recommend you to take out accident and third-party
liability insurance cover. Many insurance companies
offer appropriate insurance packages (see chapter 8).
Finance and funding for research
visits to Germany
There are a number of funding programmes for foreign researchers who want to conduct research in
Germany as well as for German researchers who want
to return to Germany after spending an extended period abroad. If you are interested in these programmes,
EURAXESS Germany maintains a comprehensive
database containing more than 80 programmes offered by funding organisations in Germany.
If you are a fellow or visiting researcher you
are, of course, entitled to use all the facilities
such as libraries, refectories or sports amenities. So far, the University of Bonn does not
issue a special identity card for visiting researchers. However, on request, your institute
will be pleased to give you a letter confirming
the duration of your research stay which you
can present if required.
You can also find funding programmes for students,
post-graduates and post-docs in the scholarship database run by the German Academic Exchange Service
(DAAD).
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In Bonn:
For all issues relating to intellectual property
rights, patents and inventions you should turn
to the “Abteilung für Forschungsangelegenheiten” (Department of Research Matters):
University of Bonn
Forschungsangelegenheiten
Meinhard Heinze-Haus
Poppelsdorfer Allee 49
53115 Bonn
Tel.: 02 28 / 73-22 10
6.3 Intellectual Property
On principle, you should ask your host or employer
about the handling of intellectual property, patents,
and inventions at an early stage. When doing so,
you should bear in mind that since 2002, the law on
employees’ inventions (“Arbeitnehmererfindungsgesetz”) has changed significantly: all inventions by
members of institutions of higher education have to
be reported to the employer.
Email: [email protected]
www.uni-bonn.de/forschung
At universities and research institutes there is nearly
always an office responsible for the transfer of research and technology. This should be the first place
you go to get advice on handling intellectual property
and to register patents and licences. Here you will be
able to get information on the necessary procedures
and regulations at the respective institution and also
get support in carrying out the steps required to complete registration.
Where a patent is registered depends on the type
of protection desired. If the German market suffices, you can approach the German Patent and
Trade Mark Office. Protection at European level
can be sought at the European Patent Office while
the World Intellectual Property Organisation
(WIPO) offers international protection of patents..
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Intellectual property rights
German Patent and Trade-Mark Office:
www.dpma.de/english
European Patent Office:
www.epo.org
World Intellectual Property Organisation
(WIPO):
www.wipo.int
German Research Foundatoin:
www.dfg.de/en
IP rights in EU projects
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At institutions of higher education and research institutes in Germany it is usual to
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www.dfg.de/en