Wilfried Wurth is a long-standing friend and user of our facilities: He has been professor at the University of Hamburg since 2000 and has now been appointed leading scientist at DESY as well. He will assume the scientific leadership of the free-electron laser FLASH. Wurth is an expert in X-ray spectroscopy and focuses on the investigation of ultrafast processes, such as the real-time observation of chemical reactions at surfaces and the dynamics of electrons in solids and at interfaces. For a long time, Wurth has been one of the most prominent researchers at FLASH and, from 2007 to 2013, he was also spokesperson of the BMBF priority programme FLASH. This first priority programme in the field of condensed matter was created to bundle research at the free-electron laser within the framework of collaborative project funding. In his new position, Wurth particularly aims to maintain the status of FLASH as pioneering free-electron laser facility in the X-ray range and to make sure that FLASH will continue to be one of the worlds leading facilities for research at free-electron lasers.

Academic career

Since 2014 Leading Scientist of FLASH, the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science at DESY, and Professor at the University of Hamburg
Since 2007 Leader of the Advanced Study Group of the University of Hamburg at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL)
Since 2000 Professor for experimental physics at the University of Hamburg
1995-1999 Assistant for the professorial chair for surface physics, Physic Department at the technical University of Munich
1995 Habilitation in experimental physic, Technical University of Munich
1989-1995 Scientific assistant for the professional chair for surface physics, Physic Department at the technical University of Munich
1988-1989 Post-Doc at the IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, USA
1983-1987 Doctorate for the professorial chair for surface physics, Physic Department at the technical University of Munich
1976-1983 Study of physics, Technical University of Munich