Information for faculties and institutions

For the performance of research and teaching duties and related administrative activities, Paderborn University employs research assistants. 

The prerequisite for employment as a research assistant is the successful completion of a Master’s degree, diploma, accredited Master’s degree or state examination.

Research assistants are employed pursuant to § 46 of the North Rhine-Westphalia Higher Education Act (HG NRW) and the guidelines for the employment and remuneration of research and student assistants at Paderborn University, as well as the agreement on good employment conditions for university staff.

Please note that in the case of personnel actions for research assistants, the contract period must be at least six months and a change from the status of academic staff member (WiMi) to research assistant (WHK) is not possible!

Research assistants are employed for a regular working time of minimum 10 and maximum 19 hours per week and receive €15.00 gross per hour as remuneration, from 01.01.2022 € 17.00 gross per hour.

The relevant form for requesting employment of a research assistant must be submitted by the respective department wishing to recruit to the Human Resources department via the official channels. Please enclose with this form the relevant annex for the approval of the Equal Opportunities Officer.

On receipt of this form, the Human Resources department - Division 4.2 will proceed with the recruitment procedure.

Please note that requests for employment must be submitted to the Human Resources department at least 6 weeks before the planned action and that employment at Paderborn University may not be accepted or commenced until a written employment contract has been concluded. The agreements and arrangements required in this connection must be agreed on and co-ordinated exclusively with the Human Resources department - Division 4.2.


Table of gross employer cost/gross employee salary: Research assistants


Request to employ a research assistant

Employment request form: Annex