Vocational training at the URZ

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The University Computing Centre is one of three facilities training IT specialists at Heidelberg University. Training positions for the two specialist areas system integration and application development are offered alternately.

Training as an IT specialist takes three years and begins on the 1st of September. The first year of training is identical in both disciplines. From the second year onwards, trainees are increasingly involved in the respective specialist areas.

With a broad range of IT services, the URZ offers a great insight into the different tasks of a computing centre. Therefore, the work areas of IT specialists are very diverse. They include: 


  • Analysis of customer requirements
  • Planning, setting up, monitoring and administration of systems and computer networks
  • Application and database development
  • Software engineering
  • Adaptation, procurement and installation of hardware and software
  • Tasks in consulting, training and IT-security areas

The responsibilities of the specialisations include:


In system integration, the trainees get to know different operating systems such as Windows, Linux and macOS. If there are problems or errors in the system, the system integrators try to find solutions to fix these.

In application development, the trainees use software engineering methods and procedures. Programming languages such as Python, Java, PHP and HTML, as well as development tools, are used here.

The practical training takes place in different areas of the URZ and thus allows trainees to develop a versatile understanding. Theoretical training takes place in block lessons at the Hubert Sternberg School in Wiesloch.

At the Computing Centre, trainees in both specialist areas provide user support and training. They learn how to organise and plan events such as the Girls' Day or the Green Day. They also learn to represent the URZ at fairs and events, such as the "Lange Nacht der Hausarbeiten" ("Long Night of Term Papers," often known as "Long Night Against Procrastination" in English-speaking countries) of the University Library and the new student fair, which takes place every year at the beginning of the winter semester.

The responsible instructor at the Computing Centre is Dr. Carina Ortseifen

Interested in vocational training?

Check here to see if job advertisements are online already. We look forward to your application!