A guest professorship in China for Takehiko Saito


Dr. Takehiko Saito has been invited to serve as a guest professor at the Institute of Modern Physics (IMP) in Lanzhou, China for a period of three years. In a ceremony at the IMP, the GSI scientist was presented with a certificate identifying him as a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Modern Physics of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS).

During the ceremony, Dr. Saito thanked the Institute for the certificate and promised to further promote and intensify the two research institutes’ scientific cooperation in the future. The three-year guest professorship will include conducting his researches and supervising students and young researchers at the IMP.

After receiving his master degree in physics from the University of Tsukuba in Japan, Takehiko Saito received his doctorate from the Niels Bohr Institute/University of Copenhagen in Denmark in 1999. The subject of his doctoral dissertation was the nuclear structure of A~180 nuclei. He did postdoctoral work at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in the USA and subsequently moved on to the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg and then to GSI in order to conduct research with high-energy rare-isotope beams. From 2006 to 2012 he also headed a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group at GSI and took over a professorship at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. He is currently the Head of the Hypernuclear Group at GSI, conducts research on exotic hypernuclei, and is working for Nustar, one of the four major experiment pillars of the future FAIR accelerator center. He is also taking on a position as Head Scientist at the RIKEN research institute in Japan since September 2018.

The honor from CAS is also a recognition of the success and significance of the many years of scientific cooperation between the Institute of Modern Physics in Lanzhou and the GSI Helmholtzzentrum in Darmstadt. The partnership between CAS and GSI in the areas of accelerator physics and research fields such as atomic, nuclear, and astrophysics as well as materials research can look back on a long tradition. Both research institutes operate heavy ion accelerators, and both are planning the construction of next-generation accelerators: FAIR in Darmstadt and HIAF in Huizhou. (BP)