Once the appointment offer has been accepted following the appointment negotiations, the formal hiring procedure (formal appointment) at the Brandenburg Ministry for Science, Research and Culture (MWFK) will be prepared. You can be appointed as a civil servant ("Beamter") if you are no older than 50 years of age. Alternatively, you can be appointed as a public employee or be transferred from your previous civil servant position within Germany.
The appointment management team will also provide a personnel questionnaire which you are required to fill out for your personnel file at the university.
Civil servants ("Beamte") are exempt from contributions to all of the branches of the public social insurances but are still required by law to take out insurance. The State of Brandenburg provides a partial coverage in the form of "Beihilfe" for health and care insurance as well as expenses incurred due to births and deaths.
Additional or remaining costs should be covered by choosing a private insurance supplementing the "Beihilfe". Alternatively, you can choose a private or public full-coverage health insurance, in which case the State of Brandenburg offers the "pauschale Beihilfe" as a subsidy for the costs.
More information on "Beihilfe" can be found at the Central Remuneration Office of the State of Brandenburg (ZBB).
For jointly appointed professors under the Julich model, please see the further information below.
Jointly appointed professors in the Julich model ("Jülicher Modell") are granted leave of absence from their civil servant status so they can fulfil their duties at the non-universitary research institution. With the notice for the leave of absence, the civil servants receive the information that they are considered equal under civil service law if the payment of the pension supplements is made by the non-university research institution (a cooperation agreement specifies the details).
The period of leave counts towards the pension in taht case. Upon resignation or retirement and termination of the leave of absence, the person is then entitled to pension payments according to the civil service regulations. If the person leaves the civil service prematurely, back payments to the regular social security scheme may be required, including payments to the pension insurance and the loss of pension entitlements.
Exemption from contributions to the public health and unemployment insurances exists if the non-university research institution grants "Beihilfe" (i.e. partial coverage of the costs of insurance) and an entitlement to continued payment of remuneration in the event of illness in accordance with civil service regulations. These details are specified in the employment contract with the non-university research institution.
The appointment is carried out without establishing a public employment or civil servant status with the state of Brandenburg. For the duration of the employment at the research institution the appointee has the right to hold the title "Professor".
Please send the appointment management team an updated CV (dated and signed paper copy).
You will receive a formal letter from the president for the professorship, usually handed out in ashort and initial get-together.
Relocation costs like for a moving company or real estate agent fees can only be reimbursed if this was agreed in writing during the appointment negotiations. Please contact the colleagues in charge at the Central Remuneration Office of the State of Brandenburg (ZBB)well in advance to discuss your moving plans.