New Appointments

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is constantly appointing new academic university staff. The list below provides an overview of newly appointed full university professors (with tenure) and tenure-track professors of the Department of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science and PRISMA.

 

Professor Dr. Sonia Bacca

Sonia Bacca was appointed professor for theoretical physics at the Cluster of Excellence PRISMA, Department of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Sciences of the Johannes Gutenberg University in September 2017. Her research focuses on few body systems, halo nuclei, electromagnetic nuclear responses, and nuclear astrophysics.  ... 

Professor Dr. RANDOLF POHL

In May 2016 Randolf Pohl was appointed professor for atomic physics at the Cluster of Excellence PRISMA, Department of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Sciences of the Johannes Gutenberg University. His research focuses on laser spectroscopy of "exotic" muonic atoms to measure the proton and other light nuclei and precision spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen to determine fundamental physical constants and to test quantum electrodynamics of bound states.  ... 

Professor Dr. JOHANNES M. HENN

In June 2015 Johannes Henn was appointed professor for Mathematical Physics at the Cluster of Excellence PRISMA, Department of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Sciences of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz.  His research focuses on fundamental properties of gauge theories, the development of general methods for quantum field theory, and their applications to phenomenology of elementary particles.  

Johannes Henn conducts research in the field of particle physics with a particular focus on supersymmetric quantum field theories and their relations with string theory.   ... 

Professor Dr. NIKLAUS BERGER

In October 2014 Niklaus Berger was appointed professor for experimental hadron and particle physics at the Cluster of Excellence PRISMA, Department of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Sciences of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. His fields of research span from precision tests of the standard model of elementary particle physics to meson spectroscopy with an emphasis on the development of new detector, readout and analysis technologies.

The new working group is heavily involved in the design and construction of the P2 experiment which will be the first experiment at the new MESA accelerator in Mainz.   ... 

Professor Dr. SEBASTIAN BÖSER

In September 2014 Sebastian Böser took up the professorship for experimental astroparticle physics at the Cluster of Excellence PRISMA, Department of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Sciences of Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. 

The new research group is targeting the future extensions of the IceCube neutrino observatory at the South Pole. The recently discovered flux of high-energy neutrinos of astrophysical origin can provide important clues to solve the long-standing puzzle of the origin of cosmic rays.  ... 

Professor Dr. JOACHIM KOPP

Joachim Kopp was appointed professor for Theoretical Particle Physics in May 2014. His research area is theoretical particle and astroparticle physics beyond the Standard Model, including in particular the physics of dark matter and neutrinos, as well searches for new phenomena at the LHC.

Joachim Kopp and his team will develop new theoretical models addressing the shortcomings of the current Standard Model of particle physics, which, for instance, does not contain a dark matter candidate and does not explain the striking patterns observed in the masses and in the flavour structure of elementary particles.  ... 

Professor Dr. MICHAEL WURM

In April 2014 Michael Wurm was appointed professor for Experimental Particle Physics (emphasis on Flavor Physics). His field of research is experimental neutrino physics, in particular the investigation of neutrino oscillations that describe the mutual transitions of the three neutrino flavor states into each other. This surprising effect is regarded as a first sign of physics beyond the standard model of particle physics. 

In this context, the new working group is engaged in two international collaborations: The SOX project is a short-baseline oscillation experiment at the BOREXINO detector (Italy) searching for a putative fourth sterile neutrino flavor. The collected data will also allow to derive a precise value for the Weinberg or weak mixing angle at low energies. From 2020, the Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Obseravtory (JUNO, southern China) will perform a precision measurement of reactor antineutrino oscillations that is sensitive to the mass ordering of the neutrinos.  ... 

Professor Dr. HARVEY B. MEYER

Harvey Meyer was appointed professor for Theoretical Particle Physics in April 2014. His research area is strong interaction physics,with an emphasis on hadronic contributions to low-energy precision observables and on the properties of strongly interacting matter at non-zero temperature and density, making use of large-scale lattice QCD simulations. 

In order to discover physics beyond the Standard Model, some experiments are carried out at the highest energies, others aim at the highest precision. In that case, it is essential to bring the effects of strong interaction physics under control, which requires input from theory.  ...