Sebastian Hofferberth

Portrait of Sebastian Hofferberth

Associate Professor


Phone: (+45) 6550 8712

Short CV


  • 2007 PhD in Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 2004 Diploma in Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany.


  • 2017 - present. Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark
  • 2012 - 2017: Emmy-Noether research group leader, University of Stuttgart
  • 2011 - 2012: Senior Scientist, University of Stuttgart
  • 2008 - 2011: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Harvard University.

Awards and Grants

  • 2017: ERC consolidator grant
  • DFG Priority Programme 1929 “GiRyD” – Project “From few to many strongly interacting Rydberg polaritons”
  • RiSC-Funding, Ministerium fur Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Wurttemberg
  • Carl-Zeiss-Foundation – ”Realisation of a single-photon transistor”
  • DFG SFG/TRR 21 – Project B10 “Excitonic energy transport in Rydberg gases”
  • DFG SFG/TRR 21 – Project C12 “Strongly interacting photons in an ultra-cold Rydberg medium”
  • Emmy Noether Fellowship, DFG
  • Career Advancement Fellowship, EPSRC, United Kingdom
  • Otto-Haxel-Award of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Heidelberg

Research Interests

Ultracold atoms, quantum gases, Rydberg atoms, quantum optics, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, integrated optics, microtraps for neutral atoms (atomchips), atom-surface interaction, micro-mechanical systems, ultracold collisions and chemistry