On Friday September 30 we had the farewell party for our esteemed colleague Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schweiger who has retired.
The following Monday October 3, with the start of the new term, his successor Prof. Dr. Gernot Eichmann began his new position. We are very happy that we succeeded to bring an internationally experienced and absolutely outstanding colleague back to Graz. Gernot is an expert in hadron physics and will thus strengthen the core competence of the Graz Theoretical Particle Physics Group, namely the applications of non-perturbative methods in quantum field theory and particle physics.
Gernot Eichmann finished his diploma in physics in 2006 at our university. He was a PhD student in the Doctoral Program “Hadrons in vacuum, nuclei and stars”. During his time as a PhD student he spent six months at the Argonne National Laboratory in the USA. In summer 2009 he graduated with an absolutely outstanding PhD thesis.
Gernot Eichmann has been Postdoc at the TU Darmstadt and from 2010 to 2013 FWF Erwin-Schrödinger Fellow in Darmstadt, Gießen and Graz. After four years postdoc in Gießen he became FCT Investigator and Junior Research Group Leader at the LIP and IST Lisboa as well as professor at the IST Lisboa.
We are confident that Gernot will increase with his future contributions the already high international visibility of the particle physics group. His already by now recognisable efforts within the Graz Doctoral Academy Consortium Theoretical Particle Physics will allow us to broaden the topics in the training of our PhD students.
We are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration with our new colleague and wish him outstanding success in his new role as professor at our university.