I just received a PhD invitation letter from a German University which mentions that my remuneration will be 2/3 of full TVL 13 postion. I do not know what is TVL 13 position(google is of no help here) and didn't wanted to be rude so I am asking here first. Is this a common position or specific to Germany? If anyone knows, currently how much remuneration corresponds to TVL position? Thanks
TV-L is the German public servant remuneration grade table (Tarifvertrag für den Öffentlichen Dienst der Länder (TV-L)). It is how civil servants Germany are graded for their salaries and similar conditions for their work.
Depending on where your position is, you'll be under TV-L West, or East, or Berlin, or Hessen. Something in your letter might specify this. Either way, there is information on the details here: http://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/tv-l/
Assuming you'd be in West Germany, tax as a single (i.e. not married or living with a life partner or children), this boils down to a basic salary of €2103/month with a net salary after all taxes and health insurance payments of €1383/month.
This will increase as you remain hired, you'll go up the staircase of salaries, going from 1 to 2 after 1 year, from 2 to 3 after an additional 2 years, et.c. Each step is a monthly salary increase of about €150/month net.
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