Joachim Mnich new DESY Research Director

Professor Joachim Mnich

At the beginning of this year, Professor Joachim Mnich took over as research director of the high-energy physics and astrophysics sector at DESY. He is the successor of Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, CERN’s new Director General.

„I am looking forward to the challenge of helping to shape particle physics at DESY in an international context,“ Mnich commented on his new position. Mnich grew up in the Rhineland and studied physics and electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen. He wrote his doctoral thesis at the Mark J experiment located at the PETRA storage ring at DESY. After doing research at CERN at the L3 experiment, he habilitated at RWTH Aachen and accepted a professorship there in 2000.

Since 2005 Joachim Mnich is leading senior scientist at DESY and professor of the University of Hamburg. For two years he was head of the CMS group at DESY before becoming deputy of research director to Rolf Heuer in the DESY Board of Directors.