Curriculum Vitae

Academic career

  • Since 2015/3: Swiss National Science Foundation Ambzione Fellow at ETH Zurich (group of Prof. Maria Schönbächler)
  • 2014/3 – 2015/3: Post-doc at Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques (CRPG), CNRS Nancy (with Prof. Bernard Marty)
  • 2013/9 – 2014/2: Post-doc at Lund University (with Dr. Carl Alwmark)
  • 2011/6 – 2013/6: Post-doc at Lund University (with Prof. Birger Schmitz)
  • 2011/4 – 2011/5: Post-doc at ETH Zurich (with Prof. Rainer Wieler)
  • 2007/4 – 2011/3: Graduate student at Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich (main supervisor of PhD thesis: Prof. Rainer Wieler)
  • 2001/9 – 2006/8: Undergraduate student of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich
  • 2000/9 – 2001/8: Undergraduate student of Physics, ETH Zurich

 Instrument experience

  • Ultra-high sensitivity noble gas mass spectrometry (ETH Zurich, CH)
  • SEM-EDS (Lund University, SE, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA).
  • FIB (Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, D; Argonne National Laboratory, USA; Lund Nanolab, SE).
  • Synchrotron Radiation X-Ray-Tomography (Paul Scherrer Institute, CH).
  • Micro-CT scanning (Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA).
  • NanoSIMS (Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, D).
  • MC-ICP-MS (ETH Zurich, CH; CRPG CNRS Nancy, FR)
  • DMA (Direct Mercury Analyzer)(CRPG CNRS Nancy, FR).

Grants & Awards

  • 2016: Recipient of the Paul Niggli medal by the Swiss Society of Mineralogy and Petrology
  • 2014: Ambizione Fellowship from Swiss National Science Foundation.
  • 2013: Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship (1 year). Declined.
  • 2013: Application to the Lund University strategy group for synchrotron light studies (6 months; together with C. Alwmark).
  • 2013: Visiting Scholarship. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA.
  • 2012: Breakthrough Science Project Grant from Swedish Research Council  (Co-applicant together with B. Schmitz; contributing main idea).
  • 2012: Visiting Scholarship. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA.
  • 2011: Fellowship for Prospective Researchers from Swiss National Science Foundation (2 years).


  • Main supervisor to PhD student Amy Plant (ETH Zurich)
  • Co-supervisor to PhD students Sanna Holm (Lund University; PhD defended successfully on December 2nd, 2016) and My Riebe (ETH Zurich; PhD defended successfully on March 3rd, 2016).
  • Introduction to the Solar System, planet formation and meteorites, FT 2012, Lund University.
  • Our Origins in Deep Time, FT 2012, Lund University.
  • Supervisor of two Bachelor of Science student projects at ETH Zurich (2009).
  • Astrophysics Practicum, ETH Zurich (2007, 2008 and 2009): Cosmic-ray exposure-age dating with meteorites.

Invited talks & Seminars

  • 17. May 2017: SEG Student Chapter ETH (S. Rouwendaal): Asteroid Mining.
  • 9. March 2017: Jahrestagung der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft St. Gallen (T. Bürgin): Der Grosse Knall oder wie die Erde zu ihrem Mond kam (in German)
  • 26. Januar 2017: Fachtagung “Energie Umwelt Zukunft”, Leipzig: Der Weltraum – Energielieferant der Zukunft? (in German)
  • 1. December 2016: Workshop: Impact Cratering and Beyond (C. Alwmark, S. Alwmark-Holm): A tale of clusters: No resolvable periodicity in the terrestrial impact cratering record.
  • 18. November 2016: Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2016, Invited Talk (C. Heinrich, A. Gilli, S. Pilet): Meteorites and micrometeorites from sediments – identification and characterization using noble gases.
  • 27. October 2016: Cosmochat, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (M. Schönbächler): Exoplanets: how we finally learned that planets are common.
  • 24. May 2016: Sächsischer Rohstofftag 2016, Dresden Extraterrestrischer Bergbau – reale Aufgabe oder Science Fiction? (in German)
  • 11. February 2016: Cosmochat, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (M. Schönbächler): Basic Orbital Mechanics and the Delivery of Meteorites.
  • 6. January 2016: Seminar series “BodenSchätzeWerte”, focusTerra, ETH Zurich (B. Gutbrodt & G. Grün): Weltraumrohstoffe – Illusion oder Zukunftsperspektive? (in German)
  • 19. August 2015: Goldschmidt 2015, Invited talk (T. Magna): Hg isotopes at the K-Pg boundary.
  • 7. May 2015: Isochat, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (M. Schönbächler): Looking for Veritas: Recovering extraterrestrial dust from an asteroid collision in the Miocene.
  • 24. November 2014: Séminaire interne, CRPG CNRS Nancy, France (E. Füri): Cosmic-ray exposure ages of Hayabusa grains.
  • 21. May 2014: Seminar Planetary Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland (I. Leya): Sampling the Kuiper belt.
  • 20. Feburary 2014: Isochat, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (M. Schönbächler): Do nuclear decay rates really decrease with increasing distance from the sun? What meteorites can tell us.
  • 11. December 2013: Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz (U. Ott): He, Ne analysis in tiny extraterrestrial samples: From Ordovician fossil (micro)meteorites to Hayabusa.
  • 22. November 2013: CRPG CNRS Nancy (B. Marty): Was Theia an icy object? Isotopic constraints on the Giant Impact.
  • 30. January 2013: Isochat, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (M. Schönbächler): Determining the petrologic type of a fossil meteorite: how, and why.
  • 8. November 2012: C3 Seminar Series Talk, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA (F. Cisela): The how and why of determining the petrologic types of fossil meteorites.
  • 28. April 2012: 4th German Meteorite Colloquium, Kiel, Germany (R. Bartoschewitz). Fossile Meteoriten und der Mutterkörper der L Chondriten.
  • 8. December 2011: Lund Astronomy Seminar, Lund, Sweden (A. Johanson). Tracing Collisions: How meteorites help us understand the formation of the Moon, the dynamics of asteroid families and the evolution of life.
  • 6. October 2011: Lund Geology Seminar, Lund, Sweden (V. Vajda). Light Noble Gases …and some interesting things to do with them in cosmochemistry & meteoritics.

Memberships & Service

  • Session organizer for the 2017 AGU Fall meeting.
  • Member of the Meteoritical Society, the European Association of Geochemistry, and the American Geophysical Union.
  • Membership Committee of the Meteoritical Society (2017 – present).
  • Editor of, a website which lists all known meteorites with “photographic” orbits.
  • Reviewer for Nature Geoscience, Nature Communications, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Geochemical Journal, the National Geographic Society and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.