Short CV/Education and training

  • 1965 – 1970
    High School in Salzburg, Austria, Matura (A-levels) with distinction

  • 1970 – 1976
    University of Graz, Austria, Theoretical Physics and Mathematics

  • 1976
    PhD in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, with distinction

  • 1976 – 1978
    University Assistant at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Graz

  • 1978 – 1983
    Research Physicist at the Max Planck Institute of Physics, Munich, Germany, experimental physics group

  • 1983 – 1985
    Fellow at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 1985 – 1991
    Staff position as Research Physicist at CERN

  • 1991 – 1993
    Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Particle Physics at ETH Zurich (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland

  • Since 1993
    Professor for Experimental Particle Physics, ETH Zurich

  • 1993 – 1997
    Deputy Director of the Institute for Particle Physics, ETH Zurich

  • 1997 – 2006
    Director of the Institute for Particle Physics, ETH Zurich

  • Since 2009
    Head of International Relations, CERN

Selected publications

  • Pauss, F., Zingl, H. F. K.: "Calculation of (np) Scattering Observables with a Separable R-Matrix between 20 and 140 MeV", Phys. Rev. C15, 1231 (1977)

  • Pauss, F.: CUSB Collaboration, "Semileptonic Decay of the B Meson", Phys. Lett. 130B, 444 (1983)

  • Pauss, F.: Z-discovery paper (UA1 collaboration, 1282 citations): "Experimental observation of lepton pair of invariant mass around 95 GeV/c2 at the CERN SPS collider", Phys.Lett.B126 (1983) 398–410

  • Pauss, F.: Higgs Search at LEP (LEP Collaborations, 1050 citations): "Search for the Standard Model Higgs at LEP", Phys.Lett.B.565 (2003) 61

  • Pauss, F.: MAGIC Collaboration, "Variable Very High Energy Gamma-ray Emission from the Microquasar LS I+61 303", Science 312 (2006) 1771–1773

  • Pauss, F.: MAGIC Collaboration, "Observation of Pulsed Gamma-Rays Above 25 GeV from the Crab Pulsar with MAGIC", Science, 322 (2008) 1221

  • Pauss, F.: MAGIC Collaboration, "Very-High-Energy Gamma Rays from a Distant Quasar: How Transparent is the Universe?", Science, 320 (2008) 1752

  • Huhtinen, M. et al.: "High-energy Proton Induced Damage in PbWO4 Calorimeter Crystals", NIM A545 (2005) 63–87

  • Biland et al.: "First Detection of Air Shower Cherenkov Light by Geigermode-Avalanche Photodiodes", Nucl. Instr. & Meth. A595 (2008) 165–168


Selected projects

  • Research activities within the framework of international collaborations:

  • MAGIC collaboration, overall responsibility for all Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich contributions to the MAGIC telescopes, operated in La Palma, Canary Islands, research topics: observation of very high-energy gamma rays from galactic and extragalactic sources, since 2003

  • CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment) collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (CERN), research topic: the search for the Higgs particle and physics beyond the Standard Model, since 1994

  • L3 collaboration at the Large Electron Positron (CERN), research topics: the Standard Model and the search for the Higgs and supersymmetric particles, 1991 – 2000

  • UA1 collaboration (CERN), data analysis, participated in the discovery of the Z particle, 1983, first measurement of the W-decay, 1983 – 1991

  • CUSB collaboration, Cornell University, USA: "e+e- collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of about 10 GeV, first detailed measurements of beauty/antibeauty bound states", 1979 – 1983

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the European Research Council Advanced Grant Panel on Fundamental Constituents of Matter, Brussels, Belgium, since 2008

  • Member of the Foundation Council of the Academia Engelberg Foundation, Switzerland, since 2008

  • Board (Aufsichtsrat) of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Vienna, Austria, since 2007

  • Member of the international evaluation panel for NIKHEF, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2007

  • Member of the scientific advisory board for the excellence cluster "Origin and Structure of the Universe", Munich, Germany, 2007

  • Scientific advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich, since 2006

  • Scientific advisory board of the University of Vienna, Austria, since 2006

  • Member of the Research Commission, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2004 – 2008

  • Scientific Council of DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron), Hamburg, Germany 2003 – 2005

  • European Space Agency (ESA) Fundamental Advisory Group, Paris, France, 2003 – 2004

  • Board member of the High Energy and Particle Physics (HEPP) division of the European Physical Society, 2001 – 2005

  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Centro Stefano Franscini, Ascona, Switzerland, 2001 – 2006

  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Global Science Forum Consultative Group on High-Energy Physics, 2001 – 2004

  • Member of the CERN search committee for research physicists on indefinite appointments, 2001 – 2002

  • Member of the Board (Aufsichtsrat) of the Hahn-Meitner Institute, Berlin, Germany, 2000 – 2002

  • Member/chairperson of election committees for professor positions at Universities in Switzerland (ETH Zurich, EPF Lausanne, University of Zurich), in Austria, and for the Scientific Director of DESY, Hamburg, Germany, 1997 – 2008

  • CERN Scientific Policy Committee (SPC), 1993 – 1998

  • Chairperson of the CERN Summer Student Lecture Programme Committee, 1993 – 1995

  • Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) for the Superconducting Supercollider (SSC) Laboratory in Texas, USA, 1989 – 1992

  • Super Proton Synchrotron Committee (SPSC) at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, 1988 – 1991

Additional qualifications

  • Served in management functions at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland:

Head of International Relations, since January 2009

  • Served in management functions in international collaborations:

  • CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment) collaboration at CERN: member of the CMS Executive Board, 2007 – 2008; responsible for all scientific, technological and financial matters, as well as management of ETH Zurich's (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) important contribution to the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), 2001 – 2008; chairperson of the Swiss CMS Executive Board, member of the CMS Finance Board and deputy chairperson of the CMS Steering Committee of the electromagnetic crystals calorimeter, 2001 – 2008; deputy chairperson of the CMS Collaboration Board, 2000 – 2008; member of the CMS Management Board, 1994 – 2008

  • MAGIC collaboration (Cherenkov Telescope in La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain): member of the MAGIC Collaboration Board, 2003 – 2008


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