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HRS4R Process

Human Resources Management

Fulda University of Applied Sciences prides itself on its high teaching standards and intensive research activities, and it has a strong international outlook. We offer approximately 700 employees and 160 professors excellent working conditions on an attractive and interconnected campus. In this modern, well-equipped environment, work and research or study can be optimally balanced with family commitments or other personal circumstances.

The Human Resources Management department supports and assists employees from initial recruitment through to further development and termination of employment.

Excellent conditions for researchers HRS4R

Fulda University of Applied Sciences is one of the first universities in the German state of Hesse that intends to implement the initiative "Human Resources Strategy for Researchers" (HRS4R). In doing so, it hopes to further consolidate research as an important strategic field of action at Fulda University. The University is committed to the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. Researchers at all career levels shell be offered the best possible conditions that enable them to pursue high-level research.

A working group made up of representatives from science and research, administration, the Presidential Board Office and committees have conducted an internal analysis of the following four thematic core areas:

1. Ethical and professional principles

e.g. ethical principles, accountability, contractual and legal obligations, public engagement, dissemination and exploitation of results, evaluation systems

2. Recruitment and selection

e.g. selection, transparency, recognition of mobility

3. Working conditions and social security

e.g. stability and permanence of employment, funding and salaries, gender balance, work-life balance

4. Training and professional development

e.g. professional support, continuing education & development


The aim of these development fields is to improve working conditions for researchers and continue to raise the profile of research as a profession. To enforce the principles of the Charter even more strongly in its everyday activities, Fulda University is developing its own Human Resources Strategy for Researchers. This strategy sets out measures in the form of an action plan to continually develop and improve research conditions at Fulda University of Applied Sciences.

Timeframe for the implementation of the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

    Start of procedure – Letter of Endorsement

    Submission of internal analysis, plan of action and OTM-R policy

    Award "Human Resources Excellence in Research"

    Implementation of the action plan and submission of an internal

                   progress report, revision of new action plan

    Evaluation and renewal of the application for recognition every

                   three years

Current situation

Fulda University of Applied Sciences has submitted the Letter of Endorsement on the European Charter for Researchers to the European Commission and has thereby officially initiated the HRS4R procedure.

External links EURAXESS

The European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

EURAXESS HRS4R European Commission

EURAXESS HRS4R Process

Brigitte Jestädt-Fiedler

Head of Human Resources

Building 42 , Room 208
Brigitte Jestädt-Fiedler+49 661 9640-1200
Office hours
Monday to Friday: full-time

Michaela Gaßmann

Building 42 , Room 214
Michaela Gaßmann+49 661 9640-1205
Office hours
Tue & Thu: 08:00 - 14:00 Wed: 08:00 - 16:30