Curriculum Vitae

Professional experience

01/2017-
now
Postdoctoral researcher at University of Heidelberg, Landessternwarte Königstuhl

04/2015-
12/2016
Postdoctoral researcher and FOKUS coordinator, Julius-Maximilians-University, Würzburg, Chair of Astronomy, Coordinator of the physics graduate program FOKUS (Elitenetzwerk Bayern)

Education

01/2012-
03/2015
PhD, Julius-Maximilians-University, Würzburg, Chair of Astronomy. Degree “Dr. rer. nat." (grade: summa cum laude)
Title of dissertation: “Contemporaneous Multi-Wavelength Observations of the Gamma-Ray Emitting Active Galaxy IC310 - New Clues on Particle Acceleration in Extragalactic Jets”
Key topics: High-energy astroparticle physics, Cherenkov astronomy, active galactic nuclei, multiwavelength astronomy, high-resolution radio astronomy
10/2006-
12/2011
University studies, Julius-Maximilians-University, Würzburg. Degree “Physics Diploma” (Dipl. Phys., grade: “sehr gut”)
Title of Diploma thesis: “Teilchenbeschleunigung in der Radiogalaxie IC 310”
Key topics: High-energy astroparticle physics, Cherenkov astronomy, active galactic nuclei, radio astronomy
09/2009-
05/2010
University studies, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (Scotland). Degree “Master of Physics” (M. Phys. with honours of the first grade)
Title of Master thesis: “Assessment and correction of chromatic and other aberrations in adaptiveoptics wavefront sensing”
Key topics: Wavefront sensing, adaptive optics, atmospheric physics

Rewards

05/2016
Promotionspreis der Unterfränkischen Gedenkjahrstiftung und der Universität Würzburg for an outstanding PhD thesis prize of University of Würzburg, for an outstanding PhD thesis
12/2015
Wilhelm-Conrad-Röntgen Wissenschaftspreis prize of the Institute for Physics, University of Würzburg, for an outstanding PhD thesis
11/2014
Florian Goebel Prize of the MAGIC Collaboration for outstanding scientific contribution
07/2013
Grant from the German Academic Exchange Servicec (DAAD) for participation at the 33rd International Cosmic Ray Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
09/2009 - 06/2010
One-year DAAD fellowship for studying in Edinburgh, Scotland

Language skills

German
Mother tongue
English
Fluent
French
Basic knowledge

Computer skills

Operating systems

- UNIX/Linux
- Windows XP/7

Programming languages

- C/C++
- ROOT (analysis and statistic software package from CERN)
- bash
- HTML

Applications

- LaTeX
- Microsoft Office
- Open Office
- Inkscape

Working and teaching experience

Scientific work

- Analysis of MAGIC data, non-standard analysis
- Data quality checks
- Proposals for radio (single telescopes, VLBI), X-ray, and gamma-ray instruments
- Coordination of multiwavelength campaigns
- Interpretation of data
- Leading author of publications
- Theoretical modeling of broad-band emission
- Analysis of radio VLBI data

Observational shifts

- Daily data quality check shift for MAGIC (November-December 2016)
- Daily data quality check shift for MAGIC (November-December 2015)
- Deputy shift leader of the MAGIC Telescopes (July-August 2014)
- Remote observation shift with the ANTARES neutrino telescope (April 2014)
- Remote observation shift with the FACT telescopes (February/May 2013)
- Participation in the upgrade and commissioning of the MAGIC telescopes (September 2011/September 2012)

Coordination of the physics graduate program FOKUS

- Coordination between the Elitenetzwerk Bayern and the faculty of physics
- Contact person for students
- Organisation of regular meetings for students and lecturer

Teaching assistance for university courses and seminars

- 3x Atmospheric and Space Physics
- 4x Introduction to Astrophysics
- 2x Physical Cosmology, Astroparticle Physics
- 1x Introduction to Space Physics

Lecturer on substitution basis

- Introduction to Astrophysics
- Introduction to Space Physics

Setup of two lab courses "Gamma-ray astronomy"

- Investigation of spectral variability of a blazar with the FACT telescope, for undergraduate students
- Analysis of Mrk 421 data from the FACT telescope, for graduate students

Supervision

- PhD students
- Diploma students
- Bachelor students
- Lab courses of the astronomy chair

Memberships

- Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
- H.E.S.S. Collaboration
- MAGIC Collaboration
- Nürnberger Astronomische Arbeitsgemeinschaft
- Simon Marius Gesellschaft
- Astrofreunde Mühlhausen