Prof. Dr. Joachim Ankerhold

Head of the Institute

Institute for Complex Quantum Systems

Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89069 Ulm

Curriculum Vitae



since 2023 Academic speaker of Quantum BW

since 2022

Co-Founding Director of the Carl-Zeiss -Stiftung Center for Quantum Photonics (QPhoton)
since 2022 Spokesperson of the German-French Collaboration (DFG-ANR) on Strong coupling QED of mesoscopic point contacts. 

since 2021

Founder and Co-speaker Quantum Technology Network BW (QT.BW) 

2018-2022 Co-Director Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology (IQST)
since 2015 Board member of the Helmholtz-Institute Ulm (HIU)
since 2015 Vice President for Research, Ulm University
2014-2022 Speaker of the Humbolt Center for Philosophy, Ulm University
2012-2015 Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences
2011-2015 Executive board, Conference of Physics Departments (KFP)

Dean of the Department of Physics Studies



Full Professor (W3), Theoretical Physics, University of Ulm, Director Institute for Complex Quantum Systems  

2004 -2007 Heisenberg-Professor of the German Science Foundation (DFG),
extended visits at CEA Saclay (Paris), Weizmann Institute of Science
(Israel), Aalto University (Helsinki), University of Geneva
2001 Habilitation
1998 -2004 Assistent Professor (C1), University of Freiburg
1996 -1998 Feodor-Lynen Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), Dep.
of Chemistry (Prof. Pechukas), Columbia University (NYC)
1994 -1996         

Research Associate (Prof. Grabert), University of Freiburg


1990 -1994 PhD student, University of Essen (Prof. Grabert)
Semiclassical Methods for Dissipative Systems with Potential Barriers (summa cum laude)
1989 -1990 Parental leave
1983 -1989

Study of Physics and Philosophy, Universities of Marburg and Bonn
Diploma Thesis (Institute of Theoretical Nuclear Physics)
Structure of Yang-Mills Theories in the Schwinger Gauge (with distinction)


  • Academic Speaker Quantum BW, appointed by the State of Baden-Württemberg (Ministry of Science and Ministry of Economy) 2023
  • "Golden Chalk" for excellent teaching, Ulm University
  • Harris Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Dartmouth College, USA (Endowed chair of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Harris Foundation), 2014
  • Aalto University, Helsinki, Distinguished Visiting Professor 2013/2014
  • Europhysics Letters and Chemical Physics, Distinguished Referee 2013
  • Heisenberg-Professor of the German Science Foundation, 2004 - 2007
  • Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 1996 - 1998
  • Best PhD Thesis Award of the University of Essen, 1994

Personal Information

Married to Evangelia Karagiannakis
Two children: Katerina and Elias