Leipzig University employs around 5300 people, offering them not only challenging and innovative tasks but also an attractive working environment. From continuing professional development and the option of working part-time, to occupational health management – our staff benefit from a broad spectrum of additional services.

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Working in academia always presents new challenges. In order to meet these challenges, we support all our employees in developing their skills and knowledge. Photo: rawpixel/Unsplash

What we offer

Human resources development

It is in the University’s own interest for all its staff to be highly qualified, well motivated and satisfied at work. Our comprehensive Staff Development Plan (in German) sets out how we aim to ensure that all employees can successfully master their tasks and make optimum use of their skills and potential.

Academic Staff Development

It is Leipzig University’s stated goal to expand staff development for young researchers. The aim is to improve existing integration, support and qualification systems and establish new ones. The development and implementation of new measures is closely dovetailed with the University’s existing strategic programmes, which are aimed at doctoral candidates, postdoctoral researchers, junior research group leaders and junior professors. These include the Pre-Doc Award, the establishment of Graduate Schools, and the implementation of the Leipzig Tenure Track Programme and the Leipzig Researcher Development Programme.

Occupational health management and fitness

We care about the health of our employees! Our occupational health management team coordinates all of Leipzig University’s activities in this area, identifying physical and psychological sources of stress in the workplace and developing suitable countermeasures. In addition, we want to improve individual health literacy among all our employees. Our Gesundheitssportzentrum (Health and Fitness Centre) offers staff a range of courses.

Equality, diversity, family and career

The equality of women and men is part of Leipzig’s university development planning. In addition to increasing the proportion of women at all academic career levels, we attach considerable importance to family-friendliness and life phase-oriented human resources policies. In 2017, the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft awarded Leipzig University its “Vielfalt Gestalten” certificate in recognition of our commitment in the fields of equality and diversity.

Salary, pension scheme

Our employees’ remuneration is governed by the collective bargaining agreement of the federal states (TV-L) and the remuneration regulations (Entgeltordnung). The attractive remuneration offered by a job in Germany’s public service is rounded off by versatile pension options. 

Part-time and flexible working hours

In order to strike a better balance between working and their private life, our employees can take advantage of a temporary reduction in their working hours (part-time work) and also agree flexible working hours. Arrangements for working from home and on the move will open up further possibilities in the future.

Welcome Centre and dual-career couples

Leipzig University’s Welcome Centre provides support to new international staff and visiting lecturers and scholars (from postdoctoral level) before and during their stay in Leipzig. This service is available to scholars who are staying in Leipzig for longer than 90 days and who are therefore required to obtain a residence permit.

The Dual Career Network supports the families of newly appointed professors by providing information and advice on seeking employment, childcare facilities and schools in the region. In order to increase the range and efficiency of the service, Leipzig University is actively involved in supra-regional networks such as the Dual Career Network Mitteldeutschland.

Subsidised travel pass

Our employees and apprentices can request a discounted travel pass for the Central German Transport Network (MDV). With the employer’s contribution, the discount available is up to 23%. You can also enjoy the benefits of a discounted, employer-subsidised travel pass for the Central Saxon Transport Network (VMS, Chemnitz and surrounding districts).

Refectories and cafés

Leipzig University staff pay reduced prices at the refectories and cafés run by Leipzig Student Services. The refectories serve a variety of different dishes every day, pasta with various sauces, grilled items, wok dishes, vegan and vegetarian food, salads and desserts. The cafés have a good breakfast and snack menu, and in the afternoon you can enjoy a piece of cake or a cappuccino.

Leipzig – a great place to live

In Leipzig, one of the nicest places to live in Germany, you can expect a cosmopolitan environment with excellent living standards and an unrivalled cultural scene. Leipzig is a vibrant and diverse city with more than 590,000 inhabitants and offers attractive housing at comparatively low prices.


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View inside the Mensa am Park refectory. Photo: Christian Hüller

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