Since 2011 , the Alfred Wegener Institute has functioned according to the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federation (TVöD Bund), which will usually also apply to your employment contract. Some exceptions apply, such as student assistants or interns – but if you come as a graduate student, postdoc or senior scientist to us or as an employee in management, technology or infrastructure, then your employment and, therefore, also your salary will normally be according to the TVöD Bund.

This means that the charging system of the federation from which your salary is derived will then apply to you. This is broken down into different occupational groups and determines the allocation to individual wage groups according to certain factors, which may vary from one profession to another – this often depends on the breadth and depth of certain skills which are necessary for the tasks to be performed, the difficulty of the activity, or the responsibility and/or importance that is involved.

What is important for you: Your salary is not open to negotiation; it instead results from your tasks (which determine the salary group) and your professional experience – within each pay group, there are six steps that reward increasing experience with increasing pay. If you want to take a look at the current salary schedule, please click here.

If you have questions about the salary for a specific position, please get in touch with the contact person mentioned in the job posting or ask the Human Resources Department (contact upper right).


Human Resources Department

Katharina Friederich