Excellence cluster: Origin and Structure of the Universe

In the "Universe" cluster of excellence, astrophysicists have joined forces with nuclear and particle physicists to conduct mutual research into some of the most important, unsolved scientific questions: the innermost structure of matter, space and time, the nature of fundamental forces and the structure, geometry and composition of the universe. The cluster is based on the Garching research campus, one of the world's largest and most active centres in the field of fundamental physics and astrophysics.

Ten newly founded junior groups will work at the "heart" of the cluster, in a specifically designated office building that also houses the cluster's administration, scientists from the pool of strategic partners and other guests. The cluster gives junior scientists a unique opportunity to forge a successful career in one of the most interesting interdisciplinary areas of present-day basic research. This scheme involves the first systematic implementation of the tenure-track procedure that is designed to offer trainee scientists early career prospects in research and teaching.

Scientists from Munich's twin physics faculties work side-by-side in this cluster. They are supported and complemented by experts from the Max Planck Institutes for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), Astrophysics (MPA), Physics (MPP) and Plasma Physics (IPP), the Semiconductor Laboratory belonging to the Max Planck Association and the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

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