Short CV/Education and training

  • 1982
    Abitur (A-levels)

  • 1982 – 1987
    Studied physics, University of Rostock, Germany

  • 1987
    Diplom degree in physics

  • 1990
    Doctorate in theoretical physics, University of Rostock

  • 1990 – 1996
    Research associate under the Chair for theoretical physics, University of Rostock

  • 1994
    Visiting researcher at the University of Maryland and National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), USA

  • 1996
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in Rostock, venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in theoretical physics

  • 1996 – 1998
    Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Division of Tokamak Physics

  • 1998
    Appointed C3 professor and head of a research group (MHD theory)

  • 2000
    Appointed Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics

  • 2000
    Head of the Division of Tokamak Physics

  • 2001
    Professor by special appointment at the University of Rostock

  • 2005
    Honorary professor at the Technical University of Munich, Germany

  • 2007
    Directorate member, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics

  • 2009
    Head of EURATOM Association research unit, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics

  • 2010
    Acting scientific director, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics

  • 2011
    Scientific director of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics

Selected publications

  • Günter, S. et al.: Simultaneous attainment of high electron and ion temperatures in discharges with internal transport barriers in ASDEX Up-grade. In: Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 2000. S. 3097.

  • Günter, S. et al.: High confinement regime at high ßN values due to a changed behaviour of neoclassical tearing modes (NTMs). In: Phys. Rev. Lett. 2001. S. 275001.

  • Günter, S. et al.: Interaction of energetic particles with large and small scale instabilities. In: Nucl. Fus. 47, 2007. S. 920-928.

  • Günter, S. et al.: Three dimensional effects in tokamaks, Plasma Phys. Control. In: Fusion 40, 2008. S. 124004.

  • Q. Yu, S. Günter, K. Lackner: Formation of plasmoids during sawtooth crashes. Nuclear Fusion, 54, 072005 (2014)

  • S. Günter, Q. Yu, K. Lackner, A. Bhattacharjee and Y.-M. Huang: Fast sawtooth reconnection at realistic Lundquist numbers. Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 57, 014017 (2014)

Selected projects

Peer review activities

  • European Research Council: Member of the Starting Grants panel


  • Physical Review Letters, Nuclear Fusion, Physics of Plasmas, J. Computational Physics, Physical Review, Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the "Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften" Acatech, since 2015

  • Member of the Akademia Europaea, since 2015

  • Member of the Max Planck Society senate, since 2015

  • Member of the Deutsches Museum (German Museum) board of trustees

  • Member of the Karl Heinz Beckhurts Foundation board of trustees

  • Member of the board of trustees of the Leibnitz Institute for Solid State Research in Dresden

  • Member of the "Scientific advisory committee of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory", USA, since 2009

  • DIII-D programme committee, San Diego, USA

  • Member of the International Fusion Research Council (IFRC), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), since 2004

  • ASDEX Upgrade programme committee, since 2003

Additional qualifications

Visiting researcher at

  • Kiel University, Germany

  • Opole University, Poland

  • Joint European Torus (JET), UK, acting head of the JET task force MHD, 2000

  • École Polytechnique, Paris, France

  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, UK

  • Consorzio RFX, Padua, Italy

  • JAEA Naka Fusion Institute, Japan

  • IRFM Cadarache, France

  • General Atomics, San Diego, CA, USA

  • Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, NJ, USA

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • married, 1 daughter


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