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Prof. Dr. Dominik A. Riechers

W3 Professor


  • I.Physics Institute, Department of Physics, University of Cologne



Astrophysics, early universe, galaxies, active galactic nuclei, star formation, interstellar medium


08/2021 – present Professor for Experimental Astrophysics, Physikalisches Institut I, Uni- versität zu Köln

07/2012 – 08/2021 Assistant Professor in Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

11/2010 – 06/2012 Senior Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA

11/2007 – 10/2010 NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA


11/2007 Dr. rer. nat. in Astrophysics from the University of Heidelberg (summa cum laude), Advisors: Prof. Dr. Hans-Walter Rix, Dr. Fabian Walter

2004 – 2007 PhD in Astrophysics (DFG SP 1177), Max-Planck Research Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg

03/2004  Diploma in Physics, University of Bonn, Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gerd Weigelt

2001 – 2004 Undergraduate Researcher, Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy, Bonn

1998 – 2004 Study of Physics at University of Bonn

Teaching Experience (typically taught multiple times since 2013)

Advisor for several dissertations and senior/bachelor theses

Lecture Stars, Galaxies & Cosmology for undergraduate students, Cor- nell University

Lecture Galaxies Across Cosmic Time for undergraduate students, Cor- nell University

Lecture Galaxy Structure and Stellar Dynamics for graduate students, Cornell University

Lecture Techniques of Optical/Infrared, Submillimeter & Radio Astron- omy for graduate students, Cornell University

Lecture Galaxies and the Universe for graduate students, Cornell Uni- versity

Seminar Advanced Radio Astronomy Seminar: Galaxy Formation and Evolution for graduate students, Cornell University

Previous international teaching/instructing experience as private tutor, public lecturer, teaching assistant, and guest lecturer


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