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Altarelli, Massimo

Prof. Massimo Altarelli

Management Board
Chairman, Managing Director

+49 (0)40 8998-1540/-4434
+49 (0)40 8998-1905
Mailing address
European XFEL GmbH
Holzkoppel 4
22869 Schenefeld


  • Dottore in Fisica cum Laude, University of Rome, Italy (1969)

Employment history

  • Fellowship, Italian National Research Council, Rome, Italy (1969–1971)
  • Postdoc, University of Rochester, NY, USA (1971–1973)
  • Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, USA (1974–1976)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois (1976–1979)
  • Associate Professor, University of Illinois (1979)
  • Member of the Scientific Staff, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany (1980–1984)
  • C3 position, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (1984–1987)
  • ESRF Research Director, ESRF, Grenoble, France (1987–1993)
  • Head of the Theory Group, ESRF (1994–1999)
  • Director and CEO, Elettra Light Source, Trieste, Italy (1999–2004)
  • Staff member, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy (1999–2006)
  • Leading Scientist (W3), DESY, Hamburg, Germany (2006–2009)
  • Managing Director, Chair of Management Board, European XFEL GmbH, Hamburg, Germany (since 2009)

Research interests

  • Condensed matter theory, electronic structure of solids, x-ray scattering and absorption in strongly correlated and magnetic systems, applications of third and fourth generation x-ray sources.