Since 2017, David Berge is a leading scientist at DESY working in the areas of particle and astroparticle physics. He is leading the gamma-ray group at the DESY site in Zeuthen. His research is focussed on cosmic particle accelerators and the search for dark matter. For the latter, he is focussing on gamma-ray telescopes like H.E.S.S. or the future CTA as well as on ATLAS at the proton-proton collider LHC. His experimental work combines methods and data of both particle and astroparticle physics. His research carrier started with a PhD in gamma-ray astronomy at the Max-Planck institute for nuclear physics in Heidelberg. He then switched fields and worked at CERN in ATLAS for 7 years during the LHC startup phase. In 2013, he moved to Amsterdam as GRAPPA faculty member. GRAPPA is a research focus area of the University of Amsterdam at the interface of particle and astroparticle physics. In 2017 Berge accepted an offer for a joint professorship for particle and astroparticle physics at DESY in Zeuthen and the Humboldt University of Berlin. He continues to work at the interface of these two fields and is heavily involved in preparations of the upcoming global gamma-ray observatory CTA.

Academic career

Since 2018 Full professor (W3) of particle and astroparticle physics at the Humboldt University of Berlin
Since 2017 Leading Scientist at DESY
2016-2017 Associate professor University of Amsterdam (GRAPPA)
2013-2016 Assistant professor University of Amsterdam (GRAPPA)
2008-2013 Staff scientist at CERN (ATLAS)
2006-2008 Research fellow at CERN (ATLAS)
2003-2006 PhD in Heidelberg at Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics
2002 Master in physics at Humboldt-University of Berlin



2015-2017 CTA council member as Dutch representative
2016 Chair H.E.S.S. observation committee
2014-2016 Coordinator H.E.S.S. working group for galactic science
2013-2017 H.E.S.S. and CTA collaboration board member as Dutch PI of gamma-ray astronomy
Since 2013 Member LHC working group for forward physics for the cosmic-ray connection
2012 Co-founder ATLAS forum for astroparticle physics