From 2009 to 2019 I was working in the south of Germany, first as a Post Doc, afterwards I moved to the analytical industry. Beforehand I did my PhD studies at the University of Hanover. Science was fun and still is, but during my Post Doc period, I got frustrated about funding systems. Too many projects that were designed extremely broad, too much political influence on funding as well as obsessive publishing of moderate studies disagree with my scientific expectation. Besides that I want to live in a stable professional environment without scientific nomadism from doctorate to an unlikely permanent position.
Since mid of 2019 I am based near Hanover, still working for my employer in the South.
In my present position, I am responsible for a team of analytical specialists which is working in a good balance between scientific and industrial demanding tasks. Our activities cover mostly sales support in the EMEA region, but also development and marketing support. Challenging tasks occur on a daily basis and require open and clear discussions to close projects successfully. Coordinating application tasks belongs to my duties as well.
Besides my professional life, my interests concentrate on my roots, history of Germany's coastal regions, Scandinavia, photography, geology and playing my guitar. I am investing an increased amount of time on the use of modern web technologies and their influence on the society.
Honorary, I am organizing the website of the lighthouse Kleiner Preuße.
Dr. rer. nat. in Earth Sciences• July 2009
"Diffusion, Speciation and Solubility of Sulphur in Silicate Melts"
Scientific project with focus on experimental and analytical applications. Investigations concentrated on the properties of different Sulphur speciations from Sulphide (S2-) to Sulphate (S6+) in simple silicate melts (e.g. NS3 or NCS).
Diploma Studies in Earth Sciences• October 2005
Studies in Earth Sciences with focus on experimental petrology and material sciences. Title of the thesis: "Solubility of H2O-Cl-bearing fluids in basaltic melt of Mt. Etna (Eruption July – August 2001)"
Civil Service• October 1999 - August 2000
Abitur (high school graduation)• July 1999
Global Application Coordinator Elemental Analysis• since February 2018
Head of Application XRF EMEA• September 2015 - January 2018
Head of Application Team XRF Karlsruhe• January 2014 - August 2015
Application Scientist XRF• January 2012 - December 2013
Project work as XRF application engineer to support sales, strong interaction and collaboration with product management and development, as well as sales and service. Part of activities are measurement projects, product presentations as well as hardware and software testing. Global coordination of application activities in Elemental Analysis (XRF, OES, CGA).
Post Doc• August 2009 - December 2011
Institute of Geochemistry and Mineralogy (AGW)
Experimental and analytical studies as well as coordination of the ReCaWa joint project within the GEOTECHNOLOGIEN initiative of DFG & BMBF.
PhD student• October 2005 - July 2009
Institute of Mineralogy
Experimental and analytical studies with focus on experimentalpetrologie (high temperature/high pressure), several beamline activities and cooperation abroad (e.g. ESRF Grenoble, University of Bristol, ANKA Karlsruhe), interdisciplinary studies with colleagues from Potsdam and Clausthal-Zellerfeld.
Within my scientifc and project activities, I was able to acquire and emphasize some skills.
Since the beginning of 2012, I am working as an application specialist at Bruker AXS GmbH. As part of the Bruker Corporation, Bruker AXS develops and produces analytical instruments (XRF, OES, CGA, XRD, SCD) in Karlsruhe, Germany. As global application coordinator for elemental analysis (XRF, OES, CGA) I am responsible for application projects and related sales support and its synchronization globally.Bruker, XRF, OES, CGA
During my diploma studies, I investigated the solubility of H2O-Cl-bearing fluids in basaltic melt of Mt. Etna. Subsequently, I worked on diffusion, speciation and solubilty of Sulphur in silicate melts. My PhD thesis summarizes the relation between different kinetic processes in NS3 and NCS glass melts.
During my Post Doc studies, I strongly changed my focus within mineralogy, but shortly took the chance to move my expertise to XRF in the analytical industry.
Online presence of the lighthouse "Kleiner Preuße" in Wremen near Bremerhaven (Germany). Built as a replica in 2005, this small landmark developed to a popular place for weddings and tourist destinations. In the past years the lighthouse often appeared in TV and radio shows.Kleiner Preuße, Wremen, Wurster Nordseeküste, Wordpress
In January 2017 I installed a Dreamlink Fine Offset WH1080 weather station in our garden. Since October 2019 it was set up in Northern Germany. Unfortunately, problems with outside temperature readings being too high, made it less reliable. Finally I changed to a TFA Nexus station in March 2020 which is much more flexible with regarding to placing the individual temperature, rain and wind sensor. Obviously, watching the data static on the screen was not enough. Therefore the recorded weather data are being published on our webspace using weewx running on a Raspberry Pi 3B.Weather, WH1080, TFA Nexus, Raspberry Pi, weewx
As an Earth Scientist, sometimes you have to find the way back to the classic field trip. During my time at the KIT in Karlsruhe (Germany), I reactivated such a field trip for students with my former colleague to the volcanic complex of the Kaiserstuhl. We kept this even after my change to the analytical industry in 2012 and were able to continue with me being a part of it until 2017.
Discussions about a possible career and chances outside the classical sciences are part break and the evenings.
For more than five years I am doing some photography with low budget equipment. Unfortunately, time is getting extremely limited to invest enough time for good images.
After some years with a DSLR beginner model, I switched to a Bridge model instead of spending a lot more for a higher level camera. The bridge camera did not work out, so I am back on a mid range DSLR.
I am always looking for opportunities to sort my thoughts, take notes and plan tasks and thus, to increase private and professional efficiency. Internet services often use proprietary data structures and exporting data in a platform-independent manner is not possible. Besides that, trusting those services and saving my data on their cloud is difficult for me.
Meanwhile I am using the easiest approach possible with plaintext files, following the GTD principle in Markdown. On the desktop I am using Atom, a text editor that can be used for multiple purposes. For mobile use, Markor is my current solution. Syncing data is based on independent tools which allow me to keep control on the data at all times.
We love Scandinavia and the coastal regions of Germany where I grew up. Due to professional reason, I needed to leave the North Sea coast. This is most probably the reason why we always travel north for vacation, most often during the last years to Sweden or Denmark...Travel, Vacation, Denmark, Sweden