Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schlickeiser

Theoretische Physik IV, insbesondere Weltraum- und Astrophysik



+49 (234) 32 - 22032


Ruhr-Universität Bochum
44780 Bochum
NB 7/65


Since 1998 I am director of the Lehrstuhl IV of the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. The institute has about 30 members with two sta professors, 3.5 university research associates, one full-time technician and one full-time secretary. Currently five additional postdocs and nine graduate students are funded from the Bochum Research Department Plasmas with Complex Interactions and from European and German research organizations. We concentrate our eorts on astrophysics, space physics and plasma physics.

The institute is member of the European H.E.S.S. collaboration (Co-I. R. Schlickeiser), that operates the most successful air-Cherenkov TeV gamma-ray telescope in Namibia, the Cerenkov-Telescope array collaboration (CTA)( Co-I. R. Schlickeiser), that plans and constructs the next air-Cherenkov TeV observatory, the international ICECUBE collaboration (Co-I. J. Becker), that operates the most advanced high-energy neutrino telescope on the South Pole, the international IBEX staellite collaboration (Co-I. H. Fichtner) and the European research network SOLAIRE (Co-I. H. Fichtner). We see us as an international research institute that is well integrated into leading international collaborations in the elds of astrophysics, particle astrophysics, space physics and plasma physics. Our specic qualications are the sophisticated theoretical modeling and interpretation using the full armory of state-of-the-art theoretical tools from analytical often pioneering developments and calculations to dedicated particle-in-cell plasma simulations.

My scientic activities are concerned with astrophysics, space physics and plasma physics. In my scientic career I have published one research monograph on Cosmic Ray Astrophysics and more than 350 research articles in leading international journals. 12 of my former graduate students and postdocs (W. Dröge, H. Lesch, U. Achatz, M. Pohl, U. Jaekel, A. Steinacker, M. Böttcher, A. Reimer, O. Reimer, I. Kourakis, A. Shalchi, M. Vukcevic) are now permanent professors, research professors or lecturers at other universities worldwide.

My research is currently funded by the following projects:

  1. Self-generated electromagnetic elds: Instabilities and energetic charged particle beams, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, grant Schl 201/19-1, duration: 7.12.07-31.12.10.
  2. Hadron acceleration in luminous cosmic high-energy neutrino and -ray sources, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, grant Schl 201/20-1, duration 28.07.08-31.07.11.
  3. HESS: Teilprojekt 5, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Projektträger für Astroteilchenphysik, BMBF, grant FKZ 05 A08PC1, duration 1.7.08-30.6.11.
  4. Generation and amplication of cosmic magnetic elds by kinetic plasma instabilities, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, grant Schl 201/21-1, as part of DFG-Forschergruppe FOR 1048, duration 2.7.08-30.06.11.
  5. Nonthermal  aring of cosmic objects: Modelling photon and particle radiation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, grant Schl 201/23-1, duration 3.5.10-30.04.13.

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1975 Diplom-Physiker, Universität Kiel, Kiel
1978 PhD (Physics), Universität Kiel, Kiel
1981 Habilitation (Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics), Universität Kiel, Kiel

Beruflicher Werdegang

1975-1980 Research Assistant and Research Associate, Institut für Reine und Angewandte Kernphysik, Universität Kiel, Kiel
1979-1980 Research Associate und NATO-Fellow, LASR, Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, USA
1981/1984 Visiting Fellow, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, England
1982-1994 Privat-Dozent, Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, Universität Bonn, Germany
1986 Research Associate, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg, Germany
1987 Visiting Scientist, High Altitude Observatory, Boulder, Colorado, USA
1994-1998 Adjunct Professor, Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, Universität Bonn, Germany
1980-1998 Research Associate, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn, Germany
2003 Visiting Professor, Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California Riverside, California, USA
1998-present Full Professor, Institut für Theoretische Physik, Lehrstuhl IV: Weltraum- und Astrophysik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Memberships and scientic editing

  • Astronomische Gesellschaft, Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, International Astronomical Union
  • 2003-Present: Advisory Board Member ASTRA (Astrophysics and Space Science Transactions)
  • 2007-Present: Associate Editor of Advanced Science Letter (Topics: Astrophysics, Space Science, Plasma Theory)
  • 2008-Present: Co-Editor The Open Plasma Physics Journal
  • 2009-Present: Associate Editor of The Open Astronomy Journal


  • NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship 1980
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Postdoctoral Fellowship 1982
  • High Altitude Observatory Visiting Scientist Award 1987
  • 2007 Co-Winner with H.E.S.S. Collaboration of the 2006 Descartes Research Prize of European Union
  • 2010 Co-Winner with H.E.S.S. Collaboration of the 2010 Rossi Prize of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society

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