TVL13/2 Ph.D in Bonn

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Dear All,

I was offered a Ph.D. position at the university of Bonn. The add mentioned E13/2, TVL-13/2 and that the PhD student will be a member of the department. I read all relevant topics in the forum, but they were a bit old and actually I am not still sure if the /2 refers to stufe or half salary (I found both explanations to the forum). Moreover, if it refers to stufe should I ask if it is a 100% of the salary, or the fact that it does not mention means that it is? I am single and not religious. Could someone help me figure out the net?

And if possible, could you approximately define the living costs at Bonn?

Best regards,

opu200

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Are you a PhD student already in another institution, or would this be your first year?

If yes, 13/2 refers to a 50% salary. If not, could be either way. You don't obtain access to Stufe 2 if you haven't already completed at least one year of your PhD studies.

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Thank you very much both. I am a master student, not PhD from other institute. So, I have to ask if it means 50% of the salary. And actually it is a Marie-Curie position, so I am not totally sure if there different taxes etc.

I used this calculator http://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/c/t/rechner/tv-l/west?id=tv-l-2011 and for stufe 1 and 50% Arbeitszeit i got a netto of 1090euros. Is this correct?

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Yep, E13/2 means a so-called "half position" in your situation. In my experience "full positions" are normally given to postdocs/resident positions in a standard working group.

One thing that I would be careful of in your situation is health insurance. You will be expected to obtain full coverage locally (in Germany) for the duration so I would get specialised advice on this. I have seen many Ph.D. students on half-positions paying large health insurance contributions because of their stipends so take advice ASAP to get the cheapest option. Try posting specifics of your situation in the finance section and the finance experts can sort you out. :)

A half-position does not sound a lot of money but nearly all students survive quite well on this salary.

Good luck with the studies!

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Thank you very much both. I am a master student, not PhD from other institute. So, I have to ask if it means 50% of the salary. And actually it is a Marie-Curie position, so I am not totally sure if there different taxes etc.

I used this calculator http://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/c/t/rechner/tv-l/west?id=tv-l-2011 and for stufe 1 and 50% Arbeitszeit i got a netto of 1090euros. Is this correct?

It's somewhere like 30-40 euros more, but around that sum, yeah. And I (personally) think it's rather low, but it depends on your age (I finished my master's at 25, if you finish at 23 it might be more attractive).

EDIT: I checked and we are of the same age. Well, I don't know then - how much would you prospectively like the work?

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I had the interview yesterday and the professor told me that the gross is 36000 annually ( I hope I heard correctly). So, this is more than it was at the add I suppose. Around 1600-1850 I would say, since I do not know anything about stufe etc. 1100euros for sure did not sound a lot. Now I need to start looking for a place to stay and health insurances! Thank you guys

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Yeah, that is more or less a 75% contract, which is okay in terms of salary. I don't know then why the job was advertised as 13/2.

Health insurance, you will be insured by one of the "state" companies so do not sweat it. I would recommend TK, from someone in a very similar situation.

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