I will apply for a fixed-term position (max. 6 years contract) at a German university and the part on the necessary documents and information that should be send to the university reads as following:

Please send all required documents (curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, lists of publications and courses taught, details of third-party funding and cooperation arrangements; also include teaching evaluations and plans for future teaching and research) along with a completed application form (see link above)

Hence, it does not mention a letter of motivation. The 'completed application form' is basically a short CV.

Now, I am wondering whether such a letter might not be even necessary, but because I am not very experienced with such applications, I was wondering whether others have seen similar job application descriptions or experiences with such (unmentioned) requirements.

Thank you in advance!

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    Likely you should say something about motivation in your plans for future teaching and research. It would be pretty natural there. – Buffy Apr 27 '19 at 20:22
  • What Buffy says. I never got what you would write into such a separate letter of motivation anyway. Nobody wants to read your well thought-out version of the story about why you wanted to become a professor ever since you were ten. And your current motivation is much better shown along with the details of your plans, a separate letter calls for redundancy. – Karl Apr 27 '19 at 21:02
  • Can you please edit your question to clarify what kind of position you are applying to? Also, does fixed position mean permanent position (there are not many such positions below professor) or fixed-term position (though I do not think it matters that much for this question)? – Wrzlprmft Apr 28 '19 at 9:10
  • Required documents vary widely by position even within fields. – Cameron Brick Apr 29 '19 at 12:42

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