Stefan Müller-Stach to assume the office of Vice President for Research and Early Career Academics at Mainz University

Stefan Müller-Stach will succeed Wolfgang Hofmeister on April 1, 2017

31 March 2017

As of April 1, 2017, Professor Stefan Müller-Stach will be assuming the post of Vice President for Research and Young Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU).  In July 2016, the former Dean of Faculty 08: Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science was elected by the JGU Senate to succeed Professor Wolfgang Hofmeister, whose term of office ends on March 31, 2017. Müller-Stach had been nominated by the President of JGU. "Our university's success in the Excellence Strategy competition of the German federal and state governments as well as the further development of the Rhine-Main science hub will represent important aspects of my work as Vice President of Research," emphasized Müller-Stach. "Another major concern of mine will be to provide young researchers at our university with the leeway and infrastructure they need to undertake their work and develop their professional careers."

Professor Dr. Stefan Müller-Stach brings with him a wealth of experience in university and research management. He coordinated a collaborative research center funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and was the spokesperson of the DFG Mathematics Review Board. From 2012 to 2014 he was Dean of the JGU Faculty of Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science; from 2010 to 2016 he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Gutenberg Research College (GRC), the central strategic body for promoting cutting-edge research at Mainz University. From 2013 to 2016 he was also a member of the Steering Committee for the Teaching, Organizing, Advising (LOB) project of JGU. As a senior member of the JGU Gutenberg Academy for Young Researchers, Müller-Stach has already been involved in the promotion and mentoring of young research talents.

Stefan Müller-Stach, born in 1962, studied Mathematics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the University of Bayreuth.  He received his doctorate in 1989 and was awarded a post-doctoral scholarship by the German Research Foundation that enabled him to undertake research at various universities in the USA and in Italy. Müller-Stach was a research assistant at the University of Bayreuth in the 1991/1992 winter semester and at what is now the University of Duisburg-Essen from 1992 to 1997. There he also acquired his postdoctoral lecturing qualification in Mathematics in 1996. Other milestones along the way included deputy professorships at the University of Bayreuth (1997/1998) and the University of Cologne (2001/2002) as well as a guest lectureship at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn (1999/2000). From 1998 to 2002 he held a DFG Heisenberg fellowship. Müller-Stach continued his international career as a full professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and as a visiting professor at the Institut Fourier in Grenoble, France. In 2003 he was appointed to a professorship in Number Theory at the Institute of Mathematics of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. His success with regard to third-party fundraising for DFG research groups and DFG projects, for example, are indicative of the esteem in which Professor Stefan Müller-Stach is held. He currently coordinates the Mathematics Review Board of the German Research Foundation, of which he has been a member since 2012.