As a student assistant (HiWi) at AWI

Sample analysis in the lab, AWI Bremerhaven. (Photo: Kerstin Rolfes)

Would you like to earn some money besides your studies while becoming familiar with the everyday working life of scientists, technicians, system administrators, and many others? Whether in research, logistics or in the computer centre – in many sections at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) you may have the possibility to work as a student assistant (HiWi) for a limited period of time.

Depending on the job site and your experience you could take part in conducting extensive laboratory experiments or field campaigns, support routine tasks in the lab or at the computer, look over the sytem administrators' shoulders during their work or be involved in the preparation of expeditions. Occasionally, there might be the possibility to get an employment as a HiWi following a voluntary internship at AWI.

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Application – where and how?

Analog to a voluntary internship the recruitment as a student assistant (HiWi) mostly takes place by direct contacting (email or phone) leading scientists in the respective scientific departments or sections. An employment as a HiWi also often follows from a previous internship at AWI. 

Preconditions and previous knowledge for the different work areas will be directly discussed with the prospective supervisors.

Employment and payment

The employment as a student assistant is made by the Human Resources Department. You will get information on the necessary application documents and recruitment records upon acceptance.

Student assistants (HiWi) at AWI are remunerated with an hourly rate of currently 9.10 EUR. The maximum monthly working time is 80 hours.


Scientific departments:
Direct contact by phone or e-mail with leading scientists in the respective sections or working groups (Science).

General inquiries:
Secretariats of scientific departments (Biosciences, Geosciences, Climate Sciences) or
Human Resources Department