Martin Pohl is Leading Scientist at DESY and works in the field of astroparticle physics and Professor for theoretical physics at Potsdam University. He and his team study energetic particles in the universe, their sources, their interactions with their environment, and their decay products. The universe harbors systems that are capable of accelerating individual particles to energies many orders of magnitude higher than is possible with accelerators built by humans. What drives these systems is a major question in physics and understanding them has broad implications. Scientific questions include: How do cosmic sources accelerate particles to very high energies? How do supermassive black holes for form jets and energetic particles therein? What is the nature of dark matter in the universe?

Academic career

Since 2009 Leading Scientist at DESY
Since 2009 Full Professor at the University of Potsdam
2007-2009 Associate Professor, Iowa State University, USA
2003-2007 Assistant Professor, Iowa State University, USA
2002-2003 Lecturer, Ruhr University of Bochum
1999-2002 Research and Teaching Associate, Ruhr University of Bochum
2002 Habilitation in Theoretical Physics, Ruhr University of Bochum
1997-1998 Research Associate, Danish Space Research Institute, Copenhagen
1994-1997 Research Associate, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching
1990-1993 Research Associate, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Bonn
1991 PhD, University of Bonn