Stages of scientific work
- since 2011 Full professor (W3), Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
- 2018 Scientific Associate, CERN
- 2014 Guest professor, ETH Zurich
- 2006-2011 Lichtenberg-Professor (W2), Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
- 1998-2006 Junior staff member, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam
- 1995-1998 Postdocs at City College New York and Nikhef Amsterdam
- 1995 PhD University of Hannover
- 1992 MSc Texas A&M University
- 1988-1991 Studies of Physics, TU Darmstadt
Quantum field theory and gravity: Scattering amplitudes, perturbative quantum gravity, qft techniques for gravitational waves; conformal field theory, AdS/CFT, integrability & superstrings in AdS backgrounds; super Yang-Mills theory; aspects of phenomenology connecting to gravity and conformal symmetry; super membranes and matrix models.
Four personal questions
- When I was 18 I wanted to …
…actually become a theoretical physicist.
- A perfect working day starts with…
… a bright idea in the shower and a breakfast with my family.
- Before I am going to retire I would like to …
…quantize gravity and learn how to windfoil (both equally ambitious)…
- My advise to my students is …
…pick realistic projects, set yourself clear goals, and then work hard!