The astrophysicist Dr. Rüdiger Pakmor from the Theoretical Astrophysis group (TAP) successfully completed the habilitation process at Heidelberg University. At the end of January, the faculty committee of physics and astronomy presented him the certificate of venia legendi. He develops novel numerical methods and applies them, among others, to galaxy formation and supernova explosions. Pakmor co-authors several publications and big cosmological simulations, like “Auriga” and “IllustrisTNG”. After alumnus Prof. Christoph Pfrommer, this is the second habilitation attained by a HITSter.
Rüdiger Pakmor´s career steps: 2001-2006 studies of Physics at the Technical University of Munich, diploma thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) in Garching, 2006 Physics diploma. 2007-2010 Ph.D. student at the MPA, PhD in Physics from Technical University of Munich 2010. In 2010, Rüdiger Pakmor joined the TAP group at HITS (head: Prof. Volker Springel) as a Postdoc researcher. Since February 1, 2018, he has been holding a “staff scientist” position at HITS.
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.