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 Date Submitted:27-02-2013
 Last Modified:27-02-2013 (05:45)
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 Current job:Research physicist
 Employment Term:Temp/Contract
 Job location:Europe only
 Date available:within 3months
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
 KeywordsCurrently working on large-scale scientific projects in international environment with following skills and experience: Radiofrequency in X- and Ka-band, high-power rf, digital and analog low-level rf, rf engineering, plasma physics, surface physics, proj
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PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born August 1981 in Germany and of German nationality. Not married, no children.

SCIENTIFIC CAREER

June 2010 to now                             Postdoctoral fellowship, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Coordination of installation and commissioning of a >50MW high-power rf test station project for 12GHz high-gradient electron accelerating structures: Started with unassembled, untested prototype components from various manufacturers and finished with a fully working, automatic operating and low maintenance test stand running above its design parameters. Responsible for all control and interlock systems integration and tests. Leading role in successful recuperation and recommissioning of an externally built prototype klystron after design related failures. Now responsible for operation of the full test stand and test data analysis including regular status report on testing and commissioning to management and scientific community.

Development of a compact, low level rf system and integrated control solution for future test-stands using state of the art digital signal processing. General consulting for future test-stand design.

June 2007 to June 2010                  Doctoral student, CERN

Title of thesis: “Comparative studies of high-gradient rf and dc breakdowns”, academic support by RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. Detailed experimental and theoretical study of optical phenomena occurring from very high electric and electromagnetic fields on metallic surfaces. This includes rf and dc breakdowns at different frequencies, optical transition radiation from dark current electrons and multipactor events.

Gained experience in optical diagnostics, plasma physics and low- and high-power rf. Responsible for operation of drive-beam based production of high-power rf in CTF3 complex at CERN during 30GHz accelerating structure tests. Further experiments at 12GHz conducted at SLAC, Stanford, USA.

January 2007 to May 2007           Scientific assistant at 3.Phys.Institut B, RWTH Aachen

Installation of a lab for the development of acoustic neutrino detection sensors for the IceCube experiment. Development of electronics and validation of new piezoelectric materials for acoustic neutrino detection in ice.

June 2001 to January 2007           Academic studies, RWTH Aachen

Studies of physics at the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. Specialization in experimental high-energy physics. Finalization of studies with the diploma thesis “Das E166 Experiment: Kalibration des Kalorimeters”. Extended stays at SLAC and DESY, Hamburg, Germany for conduction of necessary experiments with electron and positron beams.

 

 

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

Physics: Accelerator, nuclear and particle physics, especially experimental techniques and equipment. Arc discharge and plasma physics. Electromagnetic and particle diagnostic methods. Data analysis using MatLab and open source tools.

Electronics: Low- and high-power rf diagnostics. Electronic tubes at low and high power levels, especially klystrons. General low-level analogue and digital rf electronics design. High-speed digital electronics and digital signal processing. Hard- and software (C/C++, Assembler, VHDL, LabView) development for FPGAs and microcontrollers.

Engineering:Precision machining, surface treatment and vacuum technology.

SCHOOLS, CONFERENCES AND PUBLICATIONS

September 2011                CERN accelerator school, intermediate level, Chios, Greece

November 2008                 CERN accelerator school, introductory level, Frascati, Italy

Talks given at numerous conferences on accelerator physics and high-gradient rf accelerator technology. Publications in the field of vacuum arcs and high-power rf systems. A list of publications and attended conferences can be supplied on request.

SOCIAL SKILLS

Six years of experience working in a large-scale scientific laboratory with international community. Very good teamwork and motivational ability.

Fluent in German, English and French. German mother tongue, English working language since six years. French spoken fluently, basic writing skills.

PERSONAL INTERESTS AND ENGAGEMENTS

2003 to 2006    Chairman of the students rowing association of the RWTH University

2010 onwards  Engagement in the CERN sailing club teaching maintenance and repair of sailing boats

Personal interests are astronomy, amateur radio, sailing, cycling and development of electronics for sports performance analysis (last project 2012 in collaboration with world-class GS1 cycling team).


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