Simone Techert


2004 “Venia legendi” in Physical Chemistry, Göttingen University, Germany
1995–1996 Dr. rer. nat. in Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry/Göttingen University, Germany with Prof. J. Troe,
Thesis: Spectroscopy and Charge Transfer: Theoretical and Experimental Investigations on Pyrene Derivatives.
1994 “Diplom” in Chemistry, Gießen University, Germany with Prof. M. Winnewisser,
“Diplomarbeit”: The High Resolution Rovibrational Spectrum of Gaseous Bromocyanine.
1992 “Vordiplom” in Chemistry, Gießen University, Germany
2002 Maternity leave
2008 Maternity leave

Professional Experience

since 2006 Independent Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
since 2008 Lecturer at the International Research School of Molecular Biophysics, Göttingen Research Campus (based on the German Excellence Initiative)
since 2008 Member of the Courant Research Centre Nanoscale Photonic Imaging
2001–2005 Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
1998 Scientist at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California with Prof. E. Getzoff
1997–2000 Scientist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility with Prof. M. Wulff
1997 Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry

Fellowships, Awards, Honors

Medal of the Fonds of the Chemical Industry (2007)
Minerva Professorship of the Max Planck Society (2006)
German Röntgen Prize of the Justus Liebig University (2004)
Karl Winnacker Prize of the Aventis Foundation (2002)
Emmy Noether Fellowship of the German Science Council (2001–2004)
ESRF-Prize Prime de Performance (1999)


  • Currently approved grants: 8 million EUR (European Union, German Science Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, German Ministry of Science and Education)
  • Three International and Two National Conference Organisations
  • Two European Network Meetings (Marie Curie, NEST)

Teaching Experience

  • 16 years of teaching experience (2–4 SWS)
  • 10 supervised PhD Theses (also international)
  • 4 supervised Master Theses
  • Professorship at the International Research School of Molecular Biophysics at the Göttingen Research Campus (based on the German Excellence Initiative)
  • Teaching obligation: between 2-4 lecture hours/week (2-4 SWS) in Synchrotron Research, Crystallography, Spectroscopy, Physical Chemistry (applied and basics), Molecular Biophysics
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