Hosting Institutions

The 3 Hosting Institutions (Forschungszentrum Jüelich (FZJ), Technical University Munich (TUM) and Helmholtz Zentrum Hereon (HEREON)) will contribute directly to the implementation of the GNeuS research, transfer of knowledge and training activities by recruiting, supervising, hosting and training GNeuS fellows.

Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)

FZJ ( has about 6500 employees and more than 600 visiting scientists from 53 different countries. Thanks to its unique research infrastructure, it is one the major interdisciplinary research centres in Europe. Within FZJ, JCNS operates 12 neutron instruments at MLZ, one at ILL, Grenoble, France, and one at SNS, Oak Ridge, USA, and is involved in designing 4 instruments for the future ESS.

At MLZ, FZJ runs several labs, such as, for example, a TEM lab, a Biology lab, a thin Film Fabrication lab. At the MLZ, a sample environment group jointly operated with TUM is working to maintain existing devices and to develop new ones to tackle scientific challenges with neutrons.

Technical University Munich (TUM)

The TUM is with some 40 000 students one of the leading German universities ranked 43 in the 2020 world university ranking. TUM pioneered neutron research, operating Germany’s first neutron source FRM between 1957 and 2000. Nowadays TUM owns and operates the high flux neutron source FRM II where it offers 16 neutron and positron instruments for researchers from Germany. TUM is involved in the design of 2 instruments for the future ESS. Actual research topics include energy research with focus on battery technologies, high strength materials, high temperature super-conductors and novel, topological materials. Applied research in the area of engineering materials is closely linked to the engineering faculty of the TUM and the recently inaugurated competence centre for battery research.

Helmholtz Zentrum Hereon (HEREON)

HEREON with around 1.100 employees is a member of the Helmholtz Association and is engaged in long-term activities in the fields of materials research. HEREON has a long-lasting tradition in neutron scattering and operated its own neutron sources for more than 40 years until 2010. Through the German Engineering Materials Science centre, GEMS, it operates three neutron instruments at MLZ, three beamlines for the use of synchrotron radiation at PETRA III (DESY, Hamburg) and is involved on the design of one instrument for the future ESS.