At the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) of Erlangen, I studied physics (specialising on condensed matter physics, with minor subject geology/mineralogy), where I received my diploma (master's degree) with distinction in 2005. I was awarded the "Max-Schaldach" price for one of the three best master thesis at FAU in the academic year 2005/06. Afterwards, I decided to pursue my doctoral studies in the field of computational astrophysics at the Ludwig-Maximilian University and at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching/Munich. As a postdoctoral researcher, I have been working with Dr. De Lucia at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, Italy (2011-2014), and with Prof. Charlot at the Institute d’Astrophysique de Paris, France (2014-2018). In 2018, I won a half-year guest professorship at the University of Vienna. From April 2019 to February 2022, I have been working as an assistant professor at DARK/Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. In 2020/21 I was awarded a permanent researcher position at INAF/Observatory of Trieste and a SNF-PRIMA research grant (1.3 million Euros).
Since March 2022, I am appointed as a tenure track assistant professor at EPFL, leading the laboratory for galaxy evolution and spectral modelling.
AWARDS, GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Tenure track Assistant Professorship at EPFL
PRIMA group research grant (1.3 million Euros for 5 years) at EPFL/Geneve Observatory, awarded by SNF
Permanent Researcher Position at INAF/Observatory of Trieste
Gliese fellowship (Heidelberg U.)
DARK/DAWN fellowships (Copenhagen U.)
Feodor-Lynen fellowship (Humboldt foundation)
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence (European Commission)
2007 - 2011: Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich and MPE PhD degree in Astrophysics
2000 - 2006: Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen Diploma/Master in Physics.
1991 - 2000: Ostendorfer Gymnasium High school degree (Abitur).
2019 - 2022: Assistant Professor, DARK, NBI, University of Copenhagen
2018 - 2019: Guest Professor Institute for Astronomy, University of Vienna
2014 - 2018: Postdoctoral Researcher Institute d'Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS
2011 - 2014: Postdoctoral Researcher Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, INAF