Roderich Moessner

Curriculum Vitae


  • since 2008          Technical University Dresden, Honorarprofessor for Many-body Physics
  • since 2007          Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Director
  • 2006 – 2007        Oxford University, Theoretical Physics, and Somerville College
  • 2001 – 2006        Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris,
                                and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Chargé de Recherche
  • 1998 – 2001        Princeton University, Department of Physics, Postdoc
  • 1998                    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Long-term Visitor
  • 1997 – 1998        New College, Oxford University, Junior Research Fellow


  • Graduate student (D.Phil.) in Theoretical Physics, Oxford University

                Thesis: Two systems with macroscopically degenerate ground states

                Thesis advisor: Prof. J. T. Chalker

  • B.A. (Honours), Class I in Physics, Oxford University; 1st in class

Scholarships, prizes and distinctions

  • Honorary Fellow, Hertford College, Oxford, 2019
  • Physical Review E 25th Anniversary Milestone article 2018 for the year 2013
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2013 of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • European Physical Society Condensed Matter Division Europhysics Prize 2012
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Domus Senior Scholar, Merton College, Oxford University
  • Scott Prize of Oxford University, 1994
  • Scholar of the German National Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung)

Professional service

  • Member of Editorial Board, Physik Journal (2020 - today)
  • Member of the Executive Board of the German Physical Society (DPG), (2020 - today)
  • Member of the Vorstandsrat of the German Physical Society (2012 - 2015)
  • Divisional Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters
  • Co-spokesperson of Helmholtz Virtual Institute “New states of matter and their excitations”

Update: November 2022