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What is the Voluntary Social Year (FSJ)?
The Voluntary Social Year gives young people, who are between the ages of 16 and 25 and have finished their compulsory education, the opportunity to get involved in social work and to support the needy – and moreover to develop their own personality and discover a new professional field. This voluntary work is mostly completed in social institutions, e.g. hospitals, nursing homes, or by working with asylum seekers.

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Why do a Voluntary Social Year at the CRTD?
The Voluntary Social Year at the CRTD offers the opportunity to get in touch with scientific practice and the daily routine of research. Consequently, the volunteers can gather experience in one of the labs at the CRTD, work on research projects independently, and become familiar with the work at a research institution. This insight should support the volunteers in their decision-making process to select a specific study program or vocational training. Furthermore, it gives insight into the work flow of different positions and their variation in practice. The international atmosphere at the CRTD furthermore supports the strengthening of language skills and their usage in daily lab work.

The Voluntary Social Year at the CRTD is offered in cooperation with the German Red Cross of Saxony. This enables the volunteers to join several seminar series, ranging from the basic modules, to lectures about communication, healthcare, or educational theory.

The CRTD is one of only three German research centers which offer a Voluntary Social Year in science.


How long has the CRTD been offering the Voluntary Social Year?
The Voluntary Social Year was introduced in autumn of 2016. The CRTD decided to continue the program and is happy to be working alongside the German Red Cross currently and in the future.

When and how can I apply?
This year we offer up to ten FSJ-positions. Interested school leavers shall direct their application (CV, last school report, assessment(s), if existing and a letter of motivation) until June 15, 2018 via email to:


If you have any questions, please contact:

Dr. Maren Henneken
Coordinator for Promotion of Young Scientists
E-Mail: maren.henneken[at]
Phone: +49 (0)351 458 82061 

Oder das DRK Sachsen:

Maria Hille
Leiterin Fachabt. Freiwilligendienst
E-Mail: m.hille[at]
Phone: 0351 4678-142


LATEST NEWS (May 18, 2018): Lab coat, pipette and more: Apply now for the 2018/19 period of the scientific Voluntary Social Year (FSJ) at the CRTD

After two successful rounds in 2016/2017 and 2017/2018, the CRTD is happy to announce a new round for its voluntary social year (FSJ) in science 2018/19. The CRTD is one of only three research/educational institutions in Germany that offer a voluntary social year in a scientific context. All volunteers are integrated into a research group that provides them with an insight into everyday laboratory practices. This program presents the volunteers with a unique opportunity to learn and work in the scientific field. The program is also designed to help with their forthcoming choice of studies and career. The FSJ is jointly organized by the CRTD and Deutsches Rotes Kreuz e.V. (DRK). The next round begins in September 2018.

Application deadline for the 2018/19 period: June 15, 2018

Contact: Dr. Maren Henneken