Prof. Dr. Sebastian M. Schmidt has been a member of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich since 1 November 2007. From 2002 to 2006, Prof. Schmidt worked as a research representative and then as director at the Helmholtz Association's Head Office. Sebastian Schmidt studied at the University of Rostock and at JINR in Dubna, Russia, and completed his degree in physics as a "Diplom-Physiker" in 1993. In 1995, he completed his doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in theoretical physics at the University of Rostock, and in 2001, he obtained his habilitation at the universities of Tübingen and Rostock. His main area of research is quantum statistics with applications in quantum chromodynamics and quantum electrodynamics.
Since 2009, Prof. Schmidt has been an honorary professor at TU Dortmund University, where he is also chairman of the supervisory board of the DELTA synchrotron radiation source. He is active member of a number of different national and international committees, is chairman of the steering committee at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, and is a member of the European Spallation Source European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ESS ERIC) in Lund. Prof. Schmidt advises the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow as a member of the International Science Policy Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee for Neutron Research. In addition, he is a member of the International Board of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).