Professional Experience
07.2006-today Professor für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Dr. Karl-Remeis-Sternwarte, Astronomisches Institut der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Bamberg, Germany
01.2004-06.2006 Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K.
12.2002-06.2006 Privatdozent, Fakultät für Mathematik und Physik, Universität Tübingen
01.1999-01.2004 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Abteilung Astronomie, Universität Tübingen
04.1998-12.1998 Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Abteilung Astronomie, Universität Tübingen (X-ray Astronomy)
summer 1994, 1995, 1997 Visiting Member, JILA, University of Colorado, Boulder, Advisor: Prof. Dr. Mitchell Begelman
1996-03.1998 Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter (Doktorand), Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Abteilung Astronomie, Universität Tübingen (X-ray astronomy), Advisor: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Staubert
1994-1996 Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Abteilung Astronomie, Universität Tübingen (X-ray astronomy), Advisor: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Staubert
1993-1994 Teaching Assistent, Department of the Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1993/1994, Advisors: Dr. Erica Ellingson, Prof. Dr. Catherine Garmany
1991-1993 Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft, Wilhelm Schickard Institut für Informatik, Universität Tübingen, 1991-1993, Advisor: Prof. Dr. H. Klaeren
summer 1991 Summer Student, European Space Operations Centre, European Space Agency (Darmstadt): Atmospheric Models for Future Mars Missions, Advisor: Dr. Martin Hechler
summer 1990 Summer Student, Dornier GmbH (Friedrichshafen): Entry-Simulations for MARSNET (Phase A study), Advisor: Dr. Klaus Schilling
summer 1988 Summer Student, Dornier System GmbH (Friedrichshafen): Entry-Simulations for the Huyghens Titan Entry (Phase A study), Advisor: Dr. Klaus Schilling
Education
2002 Habilitation School: Universität Tübingen
Subject: Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Thesis: Black Holes as Astronomical Objects (in German)
1998 Dr. rer. nat. School: Universität Tübingen
Major: Astronomy/Theoretical Astrophysics.
Thesis: X-rays From Galactic Black Holes: Theory and Observation
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Staubert
1996 Dipl. Phys. School: Universität Tübingen
Major: Physics
Thesis: Reprozessierung von Röntgenstrahlung in galaktischen und extragalaktischen Röntgenquellen. (Reprocessing of X-rays in galactic and extragalactic X-ray sources)
Academic Advisor: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Staubert
1993/1994 Graduate student School: University of Colorado, Boulder
Major: Astrophysics.
1992 Vordiplom School: Universität Tübingen
Major: Physics
Minor: Computer Science.
1988 Abitur School: Schloßgymnasium Kirchheim/Teck
Service
Zivildienst Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, 1988-1990
Memberships
Royal Astronomical Society (Fellow)
American Astronomical Society
Astronomische Gesellschaft
International Astronomical Union
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
Awards
Prize of the Chair of Studies (Studiendekan) of the Department of Physics for best teaching performance in the Department of Physics in 2009 (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg)
Prize of the Chair of Studies (Studiendekan) of the Department of Physics for best teaching performance in the Department of Physics in 2007 (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg)
Heisenberg Fellowship, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 2003 (declined in favor of Warwick Lecturership)
Dr. Friedrich Förster Prize of the Physics Department of the University of Tübingen, 2000
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, 1991-1996
Bundessieger Jugend forscht, Geo- und Raumwissenschaften 1988
2. Landessieger Jugend forscht, Geo- und Raumwissenschaften, 1987
Teaching Experience (Lectures Only)
Röntgenastronomie II, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, WS 2008/2009
Röntgenastronomie I, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, SS 2008
Astrophysikalische Strahlungsprozesse, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, SS 2008
Aktive Galaxien, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, WS 2006/2007
Röntgendoppelsterne, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, SS 2007
Einführung in die Astronomie I und II, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, WS 2006/2007, SS 2007, WS 2008/2009
Beobachtende Kosmologie, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, WS 2008/2008
Astronomy from Space, University of Warwick, term 2 2005/2006
Introduction to Astronomy, University of Warwick, term 2 2003/2004, term 2 2004/2005, term 2 2005/2006
Vorlesung Planetarische Nebel und Interstellares Medium (Lecture on Planetary Nebulae and the Interstellar Medium, co-taught with K. Werner, Universität Tübingen, Sommerstemester 2002)
Vorlesung Astrophysikalische Strahlungsprozesse (Lecture on Astrophysical Radiation Processes, Universität Tübingen, Sommersemester 2001, Sommersemester 2003)
Vorlesung Beobachtende Kosmologie (Lecture on Observational Cosmology, Universität Tübingen, Wintersemester 2000/2001, Sommersemester 2005 (Block course))
Vorlesung Detektoren der Hochenergie-Astrophysik (Lecture on Detectors of High-Energy Astrophysics, co-taught with R. Staubert, Universität Tübingen, Sommersemester 2000)
Vorlesung Extragalaktische Systeme (Lecture on galaxies, co-taught with R. Staubert, Universität Tübingen, Sommersemester 2000)
Vorlesung Kosmische Strahlung (Lecture on cosmic rays, co-taught with R. Staubert, Universität Tübingen, Wintersemester 1999/2000)
Praktikumsversuch CCD-Kamera in der Astronomie (Graduate-Laboratory on the use of CCD-Cameras in Astronomy, Universität Tübingen, Sommersemester 1999, Wintersemester 1999/2000, Sommersemester 2000, Wintersemester 2000/2001)
Vorlesung Einführung in die Röntgenastronomie, II. (Introduction to X-Ray Astronomy, part 2, Universität Tübingen, Sommersemester 1999 (with R. Staubert), Wintersemester 2001/2002)
Vorlesung Einführung in die Röntgenastronomie, I. (Introduction to X-Ray Astronomy, part 1, co-taught with R. Staubert, Universität Tübingen, Wintersemester 1998/1999, Sommersemester 2001, Sommersemester 2003)
Vorlesung Aktive Galaxien (Lecture on active galaxies, co-taught with R. Staubert, Universität Tübingen, Sommersemester 1998, Sommersemester 2001)
Vorlesung Astronomische Datenanalyse (Lecture on astronomical data-analysis, co-taught with R. Staubert, Universität Tübingen, Sommersemester 1998, Wintersemester 1999/2000, Sommersemester 2002, Wintersemester 2003/2004 (WS99/00, SS02, WS03/04: including computer laboratory exercises)
Teaching Assistent for an introductory lab-class on observational astronomy for non-science majors (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Teaching Assistent for an undergraduate class on cosmology for non-science majors (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Teaching Assistent for the computer science classes Informatik I and Informatik II (Computer Science I and II) on programming, machine language, and analysis of algorithms (Universität Tübingen)
Other knowledge
Unix: Systems-Operations (since 1993, all different flavors of Unix: Compaq TruUnix, HP-UX, Solaris, Linux, DEC Ultrix)
Programming: C++, C, Fortran 77, Fortran 90, Perl, IDL, shell scripting, SQL, 80x86 and 68xxx assembly language, Pascal, ...
Languages: German (native speaker), English (almost fluent), French (mainly passive)
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