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Hiring Procedures at the University of Potsdam
In order to enter into employment with the University of Potsdam, a number of formalities need to be taken care of. We gladly assist you in this process. Nonetheless, we do recommend that you come to Germany at least a few days before your official employment starting date so that we can take care of all formalities in a timely and efficient manner.
Please obtain the forms and documents necessary for the hiring procedure either from your future institution or the Welcome Center. We recommend that you fill in and send us as many of these forms as possible before you come to Germany. This will allow for a stress-free start of your employment and stay. Please take note that your employment contract can only be issued after all forms and documents have been completed.

Necessary Forms and Documents
  • employment forms from the University of Potsdam
  • signed chronological curriculum vitae
  • certified/notarized copies of certificates of achievement (school diploma, university degree(s), doctoral certificate)
  • copy of your residence permit
  • wage tax certificate or identification number
  • certificate of good conduct (Führungszeugnis) from Germany*
  • proof of a valid health insurance policy
  • birth certificates of members of your family travelling with you (if applicable)
  • marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • proof of divorce (if applicable)
  • disabled person identity card (if applicable)

*to be obtained in the in the Citizens’ Service Office

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The starting dates for employment are, as a rule, either on the 1st or 15th day of the month, but it is possible to begin employment in between these dates. The determination and payment of wages is carried out by the Central Wage Office (Zentrale Bezügsstelle) in Cottbus. Wages are paid at the end of each month. At the beginning of employment during the month, the payment of your first month’s wage may take quite a while. In this case, please apply for a partial payment via your contact person.

Contact Persons
Personnel Department, Am Neuen Palais 10, House 3

Financing via third-party
Katrin Eichler
Tel. +49.331.9771535

Birgit Kiesow
Tel. +49.331.9771320

Financing via budget
Sandra Zeretzke
Tel. +49.331.9771223