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Ulrich Bonse Visiting Chair for Instrumentation

Physics Professor from the United States to Teach at TU Dortmund University in the Summer Semester

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Andreas Jung is the first visiting professor in the new program.

The Department of Physics established the Ulrich Bonse Visiting Chair for Instrumentation in the 2022 Summer Semester. As the first visiting professor, Prof. Andreas Jung from Purdue University in the United States will be teaching for one semester at TU Dortmund University. Every semester, the Department of Physics will welcome a new international guest as part of the program. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports the visiting chair through its visiting lecturer program.

“The new visiting chair makes a significant contribution to the internationalization of teaching,” says Prof. Kevin Kröninger, Dean of the Department of Physics. “Our students get an impression of teaching concepts and lecturers from abroad – and all on our home campus.” All visiting professors are renowned in the field of instrumentation. This is an important area for physicists, because scientific instruments required for research cannot usually be simply purchased and have to be developed by physicists themselves. In particle physics, for example, working groups from all over the world are jointly developing the large-scale experiments on the LHC particle accelerator at the Swiss research center CERN. In solid state and medical physics, complex measuring systems also have to be built from individual components.

Other guests from Canada, Japan and Italy are expected

Andreas Jung is the first visiting professor in the new program. He is an old friend of TU Dortmund University, having earned his diploma here in 2004. He now lives in the United States and holds a professorship in physics and astronomy at Purdue University in Indiana. The experimental particle physicist conducts research on the CMS experiment at CERN, where he is involved in further developing detectors that can provide new insights into the physics of heavy quarks. As part of his visiting professorship at TU Dortmund University, he will hold English-language courses and conduct examinations. He will also have the opportunity to participate in research projects and supervise theses.

On a technical level, all visiting professors will give their students new inspiration by building a bridge between theoretical training in instrumentation and their practical experience. Over the next three semesters, the Department of Physics is expecting to welcome additional guests from Canada, Japan and Italy. The visiting professors’ classes are an integral part of the international master’s program “Advanced Methods in Particle Physics”. This highly specialized program with a focus on particle physics has been offered since the 2021/22 winter semester in cooperation with the University of Bologna in Italy and the University of Clermont Auvergne in France and culminates in a joint degree from all three universities.

The namesake, Prof. Ulrich Bonse

The new visiting chair is named after Prof. Ulrich Bonse. He came to the newly founded University of Dortmund in 1970 and is a founding member of the Department of Physics, which he continued to shape even after his retirement in 1993. Among other things, he was Dean of the Department, Senator of the University and Vice President Research. Prof. Bonse has received several awards for his research and his commitment to TU Dortmund University. His main research areas were X-ray interferometry and X-ray microtomography with synchrotron radiation.

Visiting Professor & Visiting Scholar Program

In an effort to make teaching at TU Dortmund University more international, the Vice Rector International Affairs, Prof. Tessa Flatten, launched the “Visiting Professor & Visiting Scholar Program” in fall 2021, in which Prof. Andreas Jung is also participating. As part of the new program, all departments have the opportunity to invite guests from abroad to TU Dortmund University. The Rectorate rewards these activities by issuing the guests a letter of invitation and a certificate for their stay. The International Office also provides support through a variety of welcome services.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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