Employment contracts can be for a limited or an indefinite period.
Permanent employment contract
Does your work have a permanent character, than you can be employed for an indefinite period of time.
Fixed-term employment contract
If work activities are temporary in nature, then you will be employed for a fixed term (e.g. for a research project that will take one year to complete). Temporary employment contracts generally always include the date on which the contract expires.
Professor, assistant professor, associate professor
You will join as a professor or as an assistant or associate professor. After demonstrating suitability for 18 months, you will be employed indefinitely if you continue in the same position.
Support and Management staff
You will join as support and management staff. After demonstrating your suitability for 12 months, you will be employed for an indefinite contract if you continue in the same position.
Academic staff with a VIDI grant
Are you a member of academic staff with a VIDI grant than you will be offered an indefinite employment contract. These situations are subject to the condition that the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) is obtained within the applicable time frame.
Further possibilities for employment contracts for a limited period:
- Are you a member of academic staff holding a position other than that of professor with an FTE of 0.2 or more, or that of assistant professor or associate professor, your temporary contract is valid for a maximum of three years. This period includes a maximum of two extensions. Under certain conditions, a temporary employment contract may be extended for up to three or four years.
- If you are part of support and management staff and the 12-month temporary employment provision does not apply, your temporary contract can be extended for up to three years. This period includes a maximum of two extensions. Under certain conditions, a temporary employment contract may be extended for up to three or four years.
- Deviations are possible in some cases by concluding a one-off fixed term contract for a longer period, which may be extended once for up to three months upon commencement of employment.
- The Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) stipulates that the employer may decide to extend a temporary employment contract at the request of the staff member for a period of:
o the duration of pregnancy and maternity leave;
o the duration of illness, if there is a continuous period of illness of at least 8 weeks.
o the extent of parental leave taken;
o the duration of performing an administrative function recognised by the Executive Board.
This is an option; not a right to renewal. For questions about this option, please contact your faculty/unit’s HR department.
However, for a phd candidate, on request, employment will be extended by the duration of maternity leave taken and also parental leave taken to the extent such leave was taken during the phd period.