• since 2008          Technical University Dresden, Adjunct Professor for Many-body Physics
  • since 2007          Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Director
  • 2006 – 2007        Oxford, Theoretical Physics, Somerville College
  • 2001 – 2006        Laboratoire de Physique Théorique, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • 1998 – 2001        Princeton University, Department of Physics
  • 1998                     McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Long-term Visitor
  • 1997 – 1998        New College, Oxford University


  • Graduate student (D.Phil.) in Theoretical Physics, Oxford University
  • Thesis: Two systems with macroscopically degenerate ground states
  • Thesis advisor: Prof. J. T. Chalker
  • B.A. (Honours), Class I in Physics, Oxford University; 1st in class

Scholarships, prizes and distinctions

  • Honorary Fellow, Hertford College, Oxford, 2019
  • Physical Review E 25th Anniversary Milestone article for the year 2013, in 2018
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2013 of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • European Physical Society Condensed Matter Division Europhysics Prize 2012
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (since 09/15)
  • Domus Senior Scholar, Merton College, Oxford University
  • Scott Prize of Oxford University, 1994
  • Scholar of the German National Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung)

Current professional service 

  • Member of the Executive Board of the German Physical Society (DPG), since 2020
  • Member of the Vorstandsrat of the German Physical Society (until 11/2015)
  • Divisional Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters
  • Co-spokesperson of Helmholtz Virtual Institute “New states of matter and their excitations”

Update: March 2016