Heller, René

Scientist
Solar and Stellar Interiors
+49 551 384 979-252
BT2.E2.109

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Employment

2016-today Scientist for the PLATO space mission of ESA, MPS

2020 July Habilitation in astrophysics (promotion to lecture and supervise at German Universities), U Göttingen

2015-2016 DAAD scholar, Institute for Astrophysics Göttingen, U Göttingen

2013-2015 Postdoc fellow, Canadian Astrobiology Training Program, Origins Institute, McMaster U, Canada

2010-2013 Postdoc, Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

2007-2010 PhD, DFG Graduiertenkolleg "Extrasolar Planets and Their Host Stars", Hamburger Sternwarte

Selected publications

[8] (Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2020, Vol. 638, A10, 14 pp.) 

R. Heller, M. Hippke, J. Freudenthal, K. Rodenbeck, N. M. Batalha, S. Bryson — Transit least-squares survey. III. A 1.9 Earth radius transit candidate in the habitable zone of Kepler-160 and a nontransiting planet characterized by transit-timing variations [ADS]


[7] (Nature Astronomy, 2020, Vol. 4, Issue 4, pp. 294-295)
R. Heller — Habitability is a continuous property of nature 
[ADS] | [Nature Astronomy free online PDF]

[6] (Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2019, Vol. 623, A39, 13 pp.) 

M. Hippke, R. Heller — Optimized transit detection algorithm to search for periodic transits of small planets 
 [ADS]


[5] (Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2019, Vol. 628, A42, 14 pp.) 

R. Heller — Formation of hot Jupiters through disk migration and evolving stellar tides 
 ADS]


[4] (Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2019, Vol. 627, A66, 10 pp.) 

R. Heller, M. Hippke, K. Rodenbeck — Transit least-squares survey. II. Discovery and validation of 17 new sub- to super-Earth-sized planets in multi-planet systems from K2 
 [ADS]


[3] (Astrobiology, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 1, pp. 50-66) 

R. Heller, J. Armstrong — Superhabitable Worlds 
[ADS] 


[2] (Astrobiology, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 1, pp. 18-46, Astrobiology cover story)
R. Heller, R. Barnes — Exomoon habitability constrained by illumination and tidal heating 
 [ADS] 


[1] (Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2011, Vol. 528, A27, 16 pp.) 

R. Heller, J. Leconte, R. Barnes — Tidal obliquity evolution of potentially habitable planets 
[ADS]

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