Professor Yeongduk Kim graduated from the Nuclear Engineering department of Seoul National University.

His Ph. D. thesis was about “Multi-fraementation in intermediate nucleus-nucleus collisions”. The Miniball detector professor Kim manufactured has been used to detect various nuclear fragments in intermediate energy heavy-ion collisions. Afterwards, he worked as a post-doctor in Indiana university, and had been the JSPS post-doctoral fellow in the high energy physics laboratory in Tsukuba (KEK), Japan. During his stay at KEK, he developed world fastest timing detector with scintillating material to measure the lifetime of hypernuclei for the first time.

After returning to Seoul National University as a brain-pool researcher in 1995, he continued working on hyper-nuclear physics as well as on installing an accelerator mass spectroscopy accelerator.

In 1998, he became an assistant professor at Sejong University and became interested in the non-accelerator nuclear and particle physics experiments. In 2002 he began a dark matter search experiment, KIMS (Korean Invisible Mass Search), with Professors Sunkee Kim and Hongjoo Kim. He made a main contribution to KIMS project by finding a method to reduce Cs137 isotopes in CsI crystals, which enabled the search for dark matter with the crystals.

After he had heard about the possibility to measure the 3rd mixing angle of the neutrinos, he began a neutrino oscillation experiment (RENO) with Seoul National University group, which resulted in a successful measurement of that mixing angle. Also he is interested in the neutrinoless double beta decay using scintillating crystals, and is a executive member of AMoRE experiment. He has been the PI for KIMS experiment since 2012, and became a director of the research center of Institute for Basic Science (IBS).


  • 1978 – 1985 B.S. in physics. Department of Physics, Seoul National University, Korea
  • 1985 – 1991 Doctor of Science in physics. Michigan State University, USA


  • 2013.7 – Present Director, Center for Underground Physics IBS
  • 2013.1 – 2013.5 Visiting Scholar, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • 2005 – 2006 Visiting Scholar, Columbia University
  • 1998 – Present Professor, Department of Physics, Sejong University
  • 1995 – 1998 Researcher, Seoul National University, Korea
  • 1992 – 1995 Researcher, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Japan
  • 1991 – 1992 Researcher, Indiana University, USA

Awards and honors

  • Outstanding Faculty, Sejong University

Major Research Interests

  • Techniques ; scintillator, Subjects ; Dark Matter Search, Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay

Major Activities

  • 2013 AAP2013 conference chair
  • 2012 PI of KIMS experiment
  • 2011 “Neutrino Factory” IAC member
  • 2011 Korea-CERN collaboration supporting committee member
  • 2004 Executive committee member of AMoRE experiment
  • 2002 Members of Korean Physical Society