Jan G. Korvink received his M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering (specializing in computational mechanics) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1987, and his Ph.D. degree from the ETH-Zurich, Switzerland, in 1993.
After completing graduation, he joined the Physical Electronics Laboratory, ETH Zurich. In 1997, he joined the University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, as full professor for microsystems engineering. In Freiburg he co-directed the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). In 2015 he joined the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where, besides directing the Institute of Microstructure Technology, he also acts as one of the speakers of the Helmholtz Programme "Science and Technology of Nanosystems".
He is the author or coauthor of more than 200 technical publications in the broad area of microsystems. He is a founding Editor of Advanced Micro and Nanosystems, and the co-founder of two successful startup companies.
His research interests include the development of ultralow-cost micromanufacturing methods, microsystem applications in the area of magnetic resonance imaging, and the design and simulation of micro- and nanosystems. He was the recipient of a Red Dot Design Concept Award in 2011, and a European Research Council Advanced Grant in the area of micro NMR metabolomics for the nematode C. elegans.