I am in the process of applying for a Junior Professorship (W1) in mathematics in Germany, and according the the job listing, the required application documents include a CV and a list of publications (among other things).

What should I include in the CV? Personal details, such as date/place of birth, martial status? How about invited and contributed talks at workshops and conferences? And research interests, or language / computer skills?

How long should the CV generally be?

  • Read the full advert. Typically, the university page might have more details than your source of the position. In most cases they list exactly what they want. Commented Aug 6, 2018 at 19:50

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  • In Germany you usually have data/place of birth and martial status on your CV and it is also common to have the number of children there. Also a portrait photo is not uncommon, though not necessary.

  • You should state your academic career, i.e. where you got your degrees, who has been your supervisor and when you graduated (give BSc, MSc and PhD).

  • Academic and other employments (where did you do postdocs, internships and such)

  • A list of grants.

  • Other scientific activities such as service for the community, public outreach, acting as a referee for journals.

  • (Invited) talks you gave (may be a selection)

  • Lectures you gave, possibly your graduate students

That's what I had on my CV when I applied for Junior professorships. Was about five pages without list of publications (which can be included in the CV, by the way).

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    I am not sure… people also count the "academic age", i.e the lifespan after obtaining the PhD (for which the actual date of birth is not needed). Actually, you could omit all these, but since everybody is used to seeing them on applications, people may start thinking when they do find these dates in your application.
    – Dirk
    Commented Jun 15, 2017 at 14:18
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    I'm shocked at the suggestion that an academic CV might exclude a complete list of publications.
    – JeffE
    Commented Jun 15, 2017 at 20:11
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    If it is not included it has to be submitted separately. So don't be shocked no more.
    – Dirk
    Commented Jun 15, 2017 at 20:26
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    @user2768 Tradition. But it is getting way less common. Neither my (academia) nor my dads (industry) current CV include any of this information. (We are both Germans in Germany). I have a pretty standard academic CV, nothing specifically German on there.
    – skymningen
    Commented Jun 16, 2017 at 9:39
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    @user2768 I have seen companies ask for the information to not be provided to prevent them from any blame. But as far as I know it's more that people are not willing to include it. For tax reasons, if you get employed your employer will anyway get to know all of this.
    – skymningen
    Commented Jun 16, 2017 at 12:18

Just to add to the great answer by @Dirk, it is also helpful to include a couple of references, who the viewer can contact to verify you. It is also common practice to include Zeugnisses (work certificates) in the application package, but not in the CV itself.

  • "Zeugnisses (work certificates)" what do these contain? Commented Aug 6, 2018 at 23:03
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    It is a certificate given by your employer when you leave, which states the period you worked, what your responsibilities were, and how satisfied the employer was with your performance. Be warned though, employers in German-speaking countries are generally not allowed to write 'bad' Zeugnisses, so there is a lot of reading between the lines involved in these documents. Commented Aug 7, 2018 at 7:29

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