On January 29, 2014, Dr. Christoph Pfrommer (TAP-Group) successfully completed the habilitation process at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Heidelberg University. Christoph’s research interests include High-Energy Astrophysics as well as Cosmology, Computational Astrophysics, and Radio- and Gamma-Ray Astronomy. It is the first habilitation attained by a HITSter.
Pfrommers career steps: 1996 Physics studies at the University of Jena, 1999/2000 Graduate Studies in Harvard, diploma thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching near Munich, 2002 Physics diploma in Jena, 2005 Ph.D. from LMU Munich, 2005-2010 Postdoc and research associate at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto. In 2010, Christoph Pfrommer joined the TAP group at HITS as a senior researcher
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.