Group photo (June 2023)

Department members

Meet our department current and previous members.  Link to completed PhD projects can also be found here. 



  • Alina, Arand-Berger Assistant to the Director
  • Taban, Gökce PLATO project assistant

Lead Scientists:

Scientists and Postdocs:



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See the completed PhD theses topics website

Some past members: 

Stephan Heinemann, University of Helsinki

Jordan Philidet, Max Planck Partner Group leader, permanent researcher, CNRS, Observatoire de Paris

Shravan Hanasoge, Max Planck Partner Group leader, Associate Professor, TIFR, Mumbai, India

Saskia Hekker, professor, University of Heidelberg 

Markus Roth, director and professor, Tautenburg Observatory and University of Jena, Germany

Jason Jackiewicz, associate professor, New Mexico State University, USA

Friedrich Kupka, professor, FH Technikum Wien, Austria

Michal Švanda, scientist, Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

João Marques, assistant professor, University of Paris, Orsay, France

Tim White, University of Sydney, Australia

Warrick Ball, University of Birmingham, England

Martin Bo Nielsen, research fellow, University of Birmingham, England

Emanuele Papini, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy

Michaël Leguèbe, permanent scientist, INRIA Bordeaux, France

Jörg Knoche, IT Staff, Hamburg Observatory

Christopher Hanson, NYU, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Hannah Schunker, lecturer, University of Newcastle, Australia

Thomas Duvall, sr. research scientist, Stanford University, USA

Patrick Gaulme, tenure-track researcher at Thüringer Landessternwarte - Karl Schwarzschild Observatory, Germany



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