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Structure and Organization

The Peter Grünberg Institute consists of 12 scientific departments (PGI-1 to PGI-9 and PGI-12, and the JARA Institutes PGI-10 and PGI-11) each with complementary research interests, and a support unit comprising of a technical/scientific infrastructure.

Direktorium im April 2011

The PGI Board of Directors in April 2011, from left: Rafal Dunin-Borkowski, Detlev Grützmacher, Claus Michael Schneider, Andreas Offenhäusser, Thomas Brückel, David DiVincenzo, Stefan Tautz, Stefan Blügel, Rainer Waser.

The head of each department holds a joint appointment with nearby universities. Several departments in PGI have double department memberships, reflecting joint activities in the fields of supercomputing (PGI-1/IAS-1, PGI-2/IAS-3), neutron science (PGI-4/JCNS-2) and electron microscopy (PGI-5/ER-C-1). In addition, the Ernst Ruska-Centre (ER-C) and the JARA Institutes are operated jointly with RWTH Aachen University.

A key element of the PGI’s strategic concept is JARA – Jülich Aachen Research Alliance, the alliance between Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University. This is achieved in particular through the JARA section Fundamentals of Future Information Technology (JARA-FIT). Within the framework of JARA, PGI has been extended by the formation of two new JARA Institutes: Green Information Technology (PGI-10) and Quantum Information (PGI-11).

The PGI shares a common Technical and Administrative Infrastructure with the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS). The heads of the scientific departments form the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors manages the everyday business, draws up the research programme and determines PGI 's overarching strategy. At regular intervals, the board elects one of its members as the Managing Director.

Organizational chart for download:  Peter Grünberg Institute (PDF, 83 kB)