Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) considers research and teaching as a university’s equally important core responsibilities. This has been reflected by several structural developments over the past years as well as a multitude of measures taken in particular to adjust the status of teaching within the university to this self-concept, promote teaching quality and identify new challenges.

In addition to shaping one’s own distinct research profile, teaching experience plays a major role in the qualification process en route to a professorship. It is therefore crucial to gain a great deal of experience in a broad spectrum of different subjects and teaching formats during the postdoc phase. Teaching assignments at other universities or abroad are also a possibility. Positions as research associates usually come with a teaching obligation. Postdoctoral candidates at external research institutions may take on teaching assignments. These assignments are usually limited to the duration of one semester and paid on a fee basis.