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Professor

Education

2000 -
Habilitation in Physics, Ulm University
1994 - 1996
Ph.D. of Physics, Dept. of Macromolecular Chemistry, Ulm University, (Dr. rer. nat.; summa cum laude; with Prof. Dr. M. Möller)
1989 - 1994
Undergraduate & Masters degree studies in Physics at Ulm University & Colorado State University (Dipl. Phys. with distinction)

Professional Career

2016 - present
Director, MPI for Medical Research, Heidelberg
2016 - present
Deputy Managing Director, MPI for Medical Research, Heidelberg
2015 -
Deputy Managing Director, MPI for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart location
2014 - 2015
Deputy Chairman of the Joint Commission of the Stuttgart MPIs
2013 - 2014
Managing Director, MPI for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart location
2012 - 2013
Chairman of the Joint Commission of the Stuttgart MPIs
2011 - 2015
Director, MPI for Intelligent Systems (formerly MPI for Metals Research), Stuttgart
2011 - 2012
Deputy Managing Director, MPI for Intelligent System
2007 - 2011
Acting & Founding Director, MPI for Intelligent Systems
2007 - 2009
Chairman of the Joint Commission of the Stuttgart MPIs
2004 - present
Full Professor for Biophysical Chemistry, Heidelberg University
2004 - 2011
Director, MPI for for Metals Research, Stuttgart
2002 - 2010
Adjunct Senior Faculty Member, Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, USA
2000 - 2004
C3-Professor for Biophysical Chemistry, Heidelberg University
1999 -
Scientific Assistant, Ulm University (with Prof. Dr. M. Möller)
1997 - 1998
Postdoc, Institut Curie, Paris (with Profs. J. Prost & A. Ott)

Awards and Honors

2017
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
2016
Member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences
2012
ERC Advanced Grant, jointly with Prof. B. Geiger, Weizmann Institute
2009
Member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
2008
Weston Visiting Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
2003
Otto Klung Award for Physics
2002
Alfried Krupp Research Award for Young University Faculty Members
2000
Gerhard Hess Research Award of the German Science Foundation
1999
Reimund Stadler Award-Habilitation Award Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCH)
1998
Young Researcher Award Ulmer Universitätsgesellschaft
1997
Research Stipend German Science Foundation
1997
Scientific PhD Award of Ulm University for outstanding PhD work
1996
Scientific Schloeßmann - Award of the Max Planck Society
1996
Scientific Award of the Association of the Metal Industry Baden-Württemberg