Internationally experienced research, development physicist/PhD focused on instrument development with optical interferometry emphasis.
Since 04/2015 Teaching assignments, Department of Electrical Engineering, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and I. Institute of Physics, University of Cologne, Germany
Lecturing, problem sheet development, practice group and lab tutoring
10/2011 – 11/2013 “Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter”, I. Institute of Physics of the University of Cologne, Germany
Goal: Optical concept and optomechanical implementation of test setup for characterization of integrated optics for astronomical applications in spectro-interferometry at mid-infrared wavelengths
Project Management: Coordinated successful lab renovations
Teaching: Problem sheet development, group tutor, lecture fill-in
01/2011 – 10/2011 “Ingénieur de Recherche”, LESIA/Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France
Worked within framework of OPTICON initiative
Goal: To evaluate atmospheric parameters from astronomical seeing and interferometry data in order to prepare effective fringe tracking algorithms for second-generation VLT Interferometer instrumentation
Result: Contributed software tools to check data consistency, assign file names to selected two-dimensional data bins, compute and visualize average characteristics in each bin
07/2007 – 01/2011 “Chercheur”, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Orsay, France
02/2009 – 07/2010 Project Manager
Worked on technology studies for nulling interferometry contracted by ESA
Provided leadership to local working group as project manager
Test optical achromatic phase shifters; experimentation, data analysis, modeling; assemble, align, analyze, and optimize optical system
Introduce student interns to experiment design and usage, instruct them regarding project protocol relative to operation and research goals
Discovered and investigated previously unrecognized parameter space of experiment, determined ideal working point, thus optimized performance of optical setup
Coordinated submission of final report for ESA contract
Developed and introduced work plan and document referencing system, improved and streamlined access to technical information
03/2003 – 05/2007 “Astrophysicist”, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge/MA, USA
Worked on IOTA stellar interferometer and EPODS project:
Successfully completed instrument hardware and software upgrades
Observatory operation: maintenance, problem analysis, solving, testing
Observer support: scheduling, training, on-site and remote assistance
Science observations with collaborators, resulting in PhD theses and refereed publications
Provided reference documents, maintained project's website and introduced mailing lists, thus improving efficiency of information sharing
Led installation, commissioning, and integration of new star tracker CCD camera; transferred technical know-how from camera provider, coordinated internal and external multidisciplinary contributors; result was improved interferometer performance
Developed software module which expanded planning of telescope array configuration and improved efficiency
06/2002 – 08/2002, Marie Curie Fellow, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France
04/2001 – 11/2001 Acquisition of astronomical interferometry data, reduction, modeling, and simulation with radiative transfer code; results published in refereed journal; article was part of a continued series of publications in collaboration with local working group
11/2002 – 12/2002 “Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter”
02/1998 – 02/2001 “Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft”, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany
Design, assembly, alignment, and commissioning of optical system coupling in coherent and incoherent light sources; provision of spectral references for instrument calibration; characterization of optical and opto-mechanical elements
10/2002 Doctoral degree in Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.), Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and University of Heidelberg, Germany; doctoral thesis: “Calibration of MIDI, the Mid-infrared Interferometer for the VLTI”; specialization: Digital Image Processing
01/1997 Diplom (~ Master's degree) in Physics, University of Heidelberg, Diplomarbeit (~ Master Thesis, 15 months): “Thermal Expansion Behavior of Tunneling Tips in Laser Supported Scanning Tunneling Microscopy”, in German; specializations: Astronomy, Electronics
05/1989 Abitur, Gymnasium (Secondary School) Korntal
12/2013 – 08/2014 Deutsche Angestellten-Akademie, Cologne; further education, job coaching
02/1997 – 07/1997 Capernwray Bible School, Moss Vale, NSW, Australia; Certificate II in Basic Lay Ministry (certificate in Australian qualification framework)
06/1989 – 08/1990 Military Service in a communications unit
Native language German, English fluent (level C1-C2), French advanced (level B2) in speaking and writing
Experienced in use and administration of Unix/Linux, MS Windows, and MacOS and application software:
Optics simulation, analysis and optimization in Zemax
Programming in Python, IDL; also PASCAL, C, LabView, HTML/CSS, and bash/csh
Office suites MS Office and LibreOffice/ OpenOffice, LaTeX text processing, MS Project
Continuing education: “Working in Project Mode”, “Project Management”
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