The application and recruitment process
At Saarland University we value and embrace the diversity and unique contributions of our employees. Our selection and recruitment process allows us to learn more about your professional and personal strengths, while giving you the opportunity to find out more about Saarland University as a potential future employer. To give you an idea of what a successful application and recruitment process involves, we've set out the individual steps below.
Welcome to Saarland University
We are always looking for people who are enthusiastic about shaping our university for the challenges of tomorrow. We have positions in the academic, scientific, administrative, technical and skilled manual sectors. as well as apprenticeships, vocational training initiatives and cooperative education programmes.
Does Saarland University sound like a place you'd like to work? Explore our list of current vacancies where you'll find exciting new opportunities for the next stage of your career.
Please submit your application documents as a single PDF file and email your application to email@example.com. Remember to quote the correct reference number in the subject line of your email. We will immediately confirm receipt of your application by email.
If you need advice on preparing your application, why not check out our job application tips?
At this stage of the application process, patience is paramount. Your covering letter, CV and academic credentials provide us with important first impressions, that's why we carefully examine each and every application that we receive.
The department or organizational unit offering the position you have applied for will then take a close look at your application. Because we assess all of the applications we receive, regardless of when they were sent, we can only contact you after the closing date for applications. We will try to get back to you as soon as possible. The time we need to carefully assess all applications will, of course, vary depending on the number of applications received. If you have any questions or if you have important information that you need to share with us at this stage of the application process, simply send an email to the address or contact person specified in the job advertisement. Please remember to include the reference number in the email subject line.
Congratulations! Your application impressed us and we'd like to invite you to interview to learn more about you, what motivates you and whether you're a good fit for the role you have applied for. The interview is an opportunity for both sides to get to know each other a little better – just as you want to impress us as a candidate, we want to impress you as a future employer.
As well as finding out more about your skills, experience and qualifications, we also want to learn more about your personality, character and motivation. We attach great importance to creating a positive work environment and we want our employees to feel comfortable working in their respective teams. During the interview, we'd encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the job, the team or your day-to-day work activities as well as any questions regarding Saarland University as an employer.
The people attending the interview will include representatives from the department or organizational unit that is looking to hire as well as from other important representative bodies, such as the relevant staff council, Gender Equality Office, the Disability Advisory Service and, in some cases, members of the HR Division.
We are generally quite flexible about the format of the interview, which can either be conducted in person or by video conference using Microsoft Teams. In the latter case, we will send you an MS Teams invitation by email. The invitation will be sent in good time so that you can check that there are no technical issues.
We think you're a good fit and we'd like to have you on board. We also hope that we were able to convince you of the benefits of joining us at Saarland University. Once any final questions have been addressed and you've confirmed that you are accepting our offer, the Human Resources Division will start preparing your employment contract. Once your appointment has been approved by all of the representative bodies involved, we'll arrange a date for you to sign the contract on campus or or we'll send it to you by post. We will also give you a check list with the information and documents that you will need to provide to us by your first day of work.
We're looking forward to welcoming you as a new member of the Saarland University community.
While you are working through the check list, we will be taking care of important administrative and technical matters. We want to get everything ready and in place when we welcome you on your first day in your new role.
To assist with the onboarding of new employees, we have put together a digital welcome package (in German, French and English) that contains all the important information you'll need when you start work, such as time tracking, IT services and equipment, and information on working in the German public sector. The welcome package also includes an overview of the various advisory services available at Saarland University, information on our continuous education and professional development opportunities and on our comprehensive occupational health promotion programme. And if you are new to the region, we've also included a number of cultural tips and ideas for leisure and recreational activities. The digital welcome package also contains information specifically for new managerial staff and for new members of professorial staff. The link allowing you to access the digital welcome package will be provided to you on your first day of work. A welcome guide specifically for newly appointed members of professorial staff is also available on the university's website.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the person specified in your job advertisement or email the university's HR Division at arbeiten(at)uni-saarland.de.