Working at the University of Göttingen

The Human Resources Department  is in charge of the entire hiring process. Together with the host institute, they prepare all the necessary documents. Before you officially start work, an employment contract must be signed. The HR department will inform you about all the documents that must be submitted. The Welcome Centre is not involved in the hiring process.

At the University of Göttingen, as with most other universities, employees are paid according to the collective agreement for public service (TV-L). Your grade classification (which determines your compensation) is determined according to your tasks and responsibilities. Previous experience and employment will be taken into account and can affect your salary. Employees usually have to pay taxes and social security (insurance) contributions. The University will deduct these from your gross salary. The University transfers the remaining net salary to your SEPA current account, preferably in Germany. As a rule, it is not possible to receive your salary in cash. .

University ID / Employee ID

As an employee of the University of Göttingen, you will receive an employee ID card. You can use this as a physical ID, as well as for recording your time, for cashless payments in the dining halls, for borrowing books in the library, to gain access electronically to buildings and parking areas and also at the University sports facilities. Please make an appointment with the Card Office to have your card issued.

Zentrale Kartenstelle (Central Card Office)
Infrastrukturelles Gebäudemanagement
Heinrich-Düker-Weg 5
37073 Göttingen
Phone: +49 (0)551 39-12475

Guest cards

A host institution may apply for a guest card to be issued to non-employees of the University of Göttingen in order to allow them to use the University services, such as the libraries, for a limited period of time. This applies, for example, to visiting scholars, scholarship holders or freelancers. Please contact the secretariat of your institute to apply for a guest card.

Further Information

The University of Göttingen has the goal to offer equal opportunities and protection against discrimination to all its employees, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, religion and world view, disability and chronic illness, ethnic and social origin and regardless of their family arrangements and life situations. The Equal Opportunities and Diversity office offers advice and support as needed.

Confidential contact for scientists, scholars and students with disabilities:

The University of Göttingen offers information and advice for all aspects of working with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. Contact the Representatives for Disabled Persons:

Representatives for Disabled Persons (excludes University Medicine)
Katrin Gehrke
Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, Room C.02.107
37077 Göttingen
Location map
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26853

Representatives for Disabled Persons at the UMG
Knut Heise
Robert-Koch-Straße 40
37075 Göttingen Phone: +49 (0)551 39 65954
Phone:. +49 (0)551 39 65955
Mobile phone: +490(0)151 18046023

Barrier-free buildings:

Many of the newer buildings on central campus and on the north campus of the University are barrier-free and wheelchair friendly. However, some of the older buildings in the central city area are only accessible via stairs. We recommend the accessibility map (includes information on barrier-free entrances).

Special computer workstations in the University Library:

The University library (SUB) offers two specially equipped computer workstations. Blind or visually impaired people can compose texts here and use the internet, along with all library services. Library staff provide help with orientation.


The International Office
Welcome Centre

Von-Siebold-Straße 4
37075 Göttingen


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The Welcome Centre is not barrier-free. Please contact us if you need assistance.