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Prof. Dr. habil. Michael Kastner

Citizenship: German
Civil status: married, two daughters

Present position:

Chief Researcher at the National Institute for Theoretical Physics in Stellenbosch (South Africa) and Professor at Stellenbosch University (since 2009).

Previous employment:

2016 Visiting Professor at the Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik, Universität Heidelberg, Germany
2007–2009 Privatdozent at the Department of Physics of the Universität Bayreuth, Germany
2004–2007 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent (Assistant Professor) in the group of Prof. Dr. Helmut Büttner at the Department of Physics of the Universität Bayreuth, Germany
2001–2004 Post-doc with Prof. Roberto Livi in the Dynamics of Complex Systems group at the Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia in Florence, Italy, funded by the LOCNET project of the European Commission
1997–2001 Research and teaching assistant in the theoretical physics group of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Alfred Hüller at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Education and degrees:

May 2007 Habilitation in Theoretical Physics at the Universität Bayreuth, Germany
1998–2000 Doctorate in physics at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, supervised by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Alfred Hüller. Thesis on Critical phenomena in the entropy formalism and microcanonical finite-size scaling
1992–1997 Studies in physics at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, and the Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh, UK. Diploma with a thesis on Magnetic properties of finite spin systems in various formalisms of statistical physics

Distinctions:

2018 Award of the European Physical Society (Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division)
2007 Research prize of the Emil-Warburg-foundation

Research grants:

2017–2019 Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers, funding for the project “Measuring Dynamical Correlations in an Ion Trap-Based Quantum Simulator” (with Hermann Uys, Stellenbosch University, 1,000,000 Rand)
2016–2021 Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers, granted by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (480,000 Rand)
2015 FAPESP/SU collaboration grant (100,000 Rand)
2014 DRD Travel Grant (15,000 Rand)
2014 Science Faculty Travel Grant (14,000 Rand)
2014–2016 Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers, funding for the project “A Long-Range Interacting Ion Trap-Based Quantum Simulator” (with Hermann Uys from the CSIR Pretoria, 1,220,000 Rand)
2013 KIC Travel Grant (25,632 Rand)
2012 ICTP Conference Support (2,500€)
2012 DRD Grant: Hosting an International Conference (40,000 Rand)
2012 NITheP Workshop Support (150,000 Rand)
2012 DRD Travel Grant (15,000 Rand)
2012 DRD Research Visit Grant (15,000 Rand)
2012 Conference Grant from the European Science Foundation for an ESF conference on Energy Landscapes (with Prof. D. Wales, Cambridge, and Dr. L. Casetti, Florence; 40,000€ plus infrastructure)
2011–2015 Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers, granted by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (400,000 Rand)
2011 NITheP Workshop Support (235,000 Rand)
2010 Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers, granted by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (80,000 Rand)
2009–2012 Funding of the project Dynamics and quasi-stationary states of the spherical model with long-range interactions by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Einzelförderung im Normalverfahren, one PhD position for 3 years)
2004–2006 Funding of the project Topological Approach to Phase Transitions by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Einzelförderung im Normalverfahren, 3,000€)

Academic service:

03/2018 Co-organizing (with J. Eisert, FU Berlin, and U. Schneider, U Cambridge) a conference on Quantum Many-Body Systems Far from Equilibrium at the Wallenberg Research Centre, Stellenbosch, South Africa
07/2016 Co-organizing (with S. Ruffo, SISSA Trieste, A. Trombettoni, SISSA Trieste, D. Mukamel, Weizmann Rehovot, and M. Marsili, ICTP Trieste) a conference on Long-Range-Interacting Many Body Systems: from Atomic to Astrophysical Scales at the ICTP, Trieste, Italy
03/2015 Co-organizing (with H.-C. Nägerl, U Innsbruck) a conference on Quantum Many-Body Systems Far from Equilibrium at the Wallenberg Research Centre, Stellenbosch, South Africa
04/2013 Co-organizing (with J. Eisert, FU Berlin, and I. Snyman, Wits) a conference on Equilibration and Thermalization in Quantum Systems at the Wallenberg Research Centre, Stellenbosch, South Africa
07/2012 Co-organizing (with D. Wales, Cambridge, and L. Casetti, Florence) an ESF conference on Energy Landscapes in Obergurgl, Austria
03/2011 Organizing a workshop on Equilibration and Equilibrium at the Wallenberg Research Centre, Stellenbosch, South Africa
03/2010 Co-organizer (with A. Hartmann, Oldenburg, A. Heuer, Münster, and M. Weigel, Mainz) of a symposium on Energy Landscapes in Dynamics and Statistical Physics: Glasses, Biomolecules, and Clusters as part of the spring meeting of the German Physical Society, Regensburg, Germany
2009–2010 Member of the Advisory Editors Board of Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation
11/2009 Organizing a workshop on Long-range interactions in Classical and Quantum Physics at the Wallenberg Research Centre, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Thesis supervision:

2018 Vincent Menet, MSc at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
2018– Penn Sumner Cassidy, MSc at Stellenbosch University
2018– Nancy Payne, PhD at Stellenbosch University
2017– Jan Louw, MSc at Stellenbosch University
2017 Clément Duval, MSc at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
2016–2017 Philipp Uhrich, MSc at Stellenbosch University
2014–2015 Gcina Maziya, MSc at Stellenbosch University
2013–2015 David-Maximilian Storch, MSc at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
2013 Gcina Maziya, MSc at AIMS
2013 David Métivier, MSc at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
2012–2015 Mauritz van den Worm, PhD at Stellenbosch University
2010–2011 Gerrit J. F. Olivier, MSc at Stellenbosch University
2009–2011 Jani Geyer, MSc at Stellenbosch University
2007–2008 Daniel D. Scherer, Diplom at Bayreuth University
2006–2007 Steffen Schreiber, Diplom at Bayreuth University
2006–2007 Martin Koffler, Diplom at Bayreuth University
2005–2006 Ingo Hahn, Diplom at Bayreuth University

Teaching:

Here you find a list of the courses I have given. For more information and teaching material see here.

As a lecturer/professor:
2nd semester 2017 Many-body theory
2nd semester 2015 Many-body theory
2nd semester 2014 Many-body theory
2nd semester 2013 Dynamical systems and complexity
2nd semester 2012 Dynamical systems and complexity
2nd semester 2011 Relativistic quantum mechanics
2nd semester 2010 Relativistic quantum mechanics
2nd semester 2009 Relativistic quantum mechanics
Winter 2009 Theoretical physics V: Quantum mechanics II
Summer 2008 Geometric concepts in classical and quantum physics
Winter 2007 Dynamical Systems and chaos theory
Summer 2007 Theoretical physics IV: Thermodynamics and statistical physics
Winter 2006 Modern methods and exact results in statistical physics
Summer 2006 Theory of phase transitions
Winter 2005 Theoretical physics V: Quantum mechanics II
Winter 2004 Chaos

As a teaching assistant:
Summer 2005 Thermodynamics and statistics
Winter 2004 Quantum mechanics II
Summer 2004 Quantum mechanics I
Winter 2000 Electrodynamics and field theory
Summer 2000 Quantum mechanics II
Winter 1999 Classical mechanics
Summer 1999 Introductory theoretical physics
Winter 1998 Bose-Einstein condensation
Summer 1998 Monte Carlo-methods in statistical physics
Winter 1997 Electrodynamics and field theory
Summer 1997 Quantum mechanics II
Winter 1996 Classical mechanics

Extracurricular:
August 2008 Les Houches Summer School on “Long-range interacting systems”