HGS-HIRe Perspectives

What's next after the PhD? Not all HGS-HIRe participants will stay in fundamental research but will aim for leading positions in applied science or industry. To aid a possible search for alternatives HGS-HIRe brings together professionals from applied science or industry who graduated in natural science and current HGS-HIRe participants.

The program ranges from recent HGS-HIRe alumni who found their way into free economy to established professionals with long-term experience.

After an introductory presentation of the specific profession, experiences and advice for prospective graduates there will be room for questions and discussions in an informal setting.

HGS-HIRe Perspectives is organized several times per year.

If you are interested to participate please register with HGS-HIRe before the event.

Upcoming:

Dr. Frederic Chill (Technical Consultant)

Senacor Technologies AG, Eschborn

July 4, 2017, 17:00
FIAS Faculty Club, Ruth-Moufang-Strasse 1, Frankfurt
As a specialist for IT transformations Senacor shapes IT landscapes of large financial service providers and industrial companies with more than 330 professionals. In cooperation with our clients such as Deutsche Bahn, Commerzbank, EnBW we lay the foundation for tomorrow's business as a reliable partner. Achieving a highly profitable growth of 20 - 30% p.a., we are one of the fastest growing consultancies in Germany. Having preserved the dynamics and approachability of a start-up company, we offer simultaneously the experience and professionalism of an IT company which has been operating successfully on the market for more than 10 years.

Dr. Frederic Chill finished his doctoral thesis in accelerator physics at GSI in 2016. Afterwards he has joined Senacor as a Technical Consultant and is currently working within an agile software development team responsible for building an online payment system.

Participants:

  1. Ahmed Ali
  2. Björn Borm
  3. Yilun Du
  4. Felix Gärtner
  5. Moritz Greif
  6. Christopher Hahn
  7. Stefan Heckel
  8. Gabriele Inghirami
  9. Marvin Krebs
  10. Cesar Lizarazo
  11. Simon Nakhoul
  12. Fabian Pliquett
  13. Markus Reich
  14. Enrico Speranza
  15. Alessandro Sciarra
  16. ...


Previous HGS-HIRe Perspective Events

Dr. Barbara Betz (Project Officer)

DLR Projektträger, Bonn

February 24, 2017, 13:30
FIAS Faculty Club, Ruth-Moufang-Strasse 1, Frankfurt
The DLR Project Management Agency is providing an array of services in research, innovation management and education to assist decision-makers from government, science, industry and education. This includes developing practical strategies, managing of funding programmes and projects and assistance in dialogue processes and knowledge transfer.

With 1000 employees, DLR is one of the largest project management agencies in Germany. Managing research funds totalling approximately one billion euro, in 2014 DLR supported 9500 scientific projects in the areas of education, society, healthcare, key technologies, environment and European and international collaboration.

Dr. Barbara Betz has joined the DLR Project Management Agency in 2016 and is now working as Scientific Staff Member at the DLR Project Management Agency.

She finished her doctoral thesis in theoretical heavy-ion physics in 2009 and has afterwards worked as a Postdoc in New York and Frankfurt.

Dr. Christoph Baumann (Risk Manager)

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

June 10, 2015, 16:00
FIAS Faculty Club, Ruth-Moufang-Strasse 1, Frankfurt
Allianz Global Investors is a diversified active investment manager, managing EUR 454 billion in assets for individuals, families and institutions worldwide with 24 locations in 18 markets.After presenting Allianz Global Investors with focus on the role of risk management, personal insights on working as a Physicist in the financial sector will be shared in this talk. Dr. Christoph Baumann has joined the Allianz Group in 2013 and is now working as Risk Manager at Allianz Global Investors GmbH. He finished his doctoral thesis in experimental heavy-ion physics in 2009 and has afterwards worked as Postdoc in Frankfurt for the ALICE experiment.

Dr. Daniel Lohner (Consultant)
Dr. Oliver Bohr (Partner)

d-fine consulting

January 20, 2015, 16:30
FIAS Faculty Club, Ruth-Moufang-Strasse 1, Frankfurt
With over 500 highly accomplished consultants (mostly graduates from physics and mathematics) based in Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Zurich and London, d-fine is one of the leading providers of demanding quantitative and technical consulting projects in Europe. d-fine's clients include banks, insurance companies, asset managers, and industrial corporations.

The talk gives insights into the professional challenges and the working environment of a consultant at d-fine. After giving some background information about d-fine and the broad spectrum of d-fine's consulting services, the speakers will share their personal experiences during their way from fundamental science to consulting and address the particular appeal of working at changing locations, projects and clients.

Dr. Oliver Bohr is partner at d-fine, he joined d-fine (respectively Arthur Andersen) in 2001 right after completing his PhD thesis. During more than ten years as a consultant for d-fine he has worked on various projects for banks, asset managers and the chemical industry. Oliver Bohr holds a PhD in theoretical particle physics from Technical University of Darmstadt and a MSc. in mathematical finance from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Daniel Lohner is consultant at d-fine, he joined in 2014 after completing his PhD thesis at Heidelberg University in experimental heavy-ion physics. He worked on projects dealing with the ECB asset quality review, credit risk and anti-money laundering.

Dr. Jochen Gerhard (Senior Business Consultant)

BearingPoint GmbH

November 21, 2014, 16:00
FIAS Lecture Hall, Ruth-Moufang-Strasse 1, Frankfurt
Abstract (in video form this time):
Dr. Jochen Gerhard is consultant at BearingPoint, he joined in 2014 after completing his PhD thesis at Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies. He works on projects dealing with regulatory reporting and architecture of banking IT systems. His academic background lies in mathematics, high performance computer systems, and heavy ion physics.


Dr. Oliver Fochler (Project Engineer Automated Driving Advanced Engineering)

Contintental Teves AG & Co. oHG

September 18, 2014, 16:00
FIAS Faculty Club, Ruth-Moufang-Strasse 1, Frankfurt
Continental Teves is a part of the Continental AG. Continental is a German DAX company that is widely known for its tire production but that is also one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world. The Advanced Engineering Department located at Frankfurt covers the development of technologies for the automotive sector. One focus area is the development of driver assistance systems and technologies for automated driving. The talk will give an overview on Continental as a company and introduce aspects of the development activities towards automated driving that are currently receiving a lot of attention throughout the automotive industry. Dr. Fochler has an academic background in theoretical heavy ion physics and graduated from Frankfurt University in 2011. He will discuss his occupation as project coordinator in the development department of Continental Teves.


Dr. Jason Stuber (Design Engineer Metrology)

ASML

January 31, 2014, 16:30
FIAS Faculty Club, Ruth-Moufang-Strasse 1, Frankfurt
ASML is the largest supplier in the world of photolithography systems for the semiconductor industry, and headquartered in the Netherlands with over 9000 employees worldwide. The photolithography machines manufactured by ASML are used in the production of computer chips. In these machines, patterns are imaged onto a silicon wafer that is covered with a film of light-sensitive material (photoresist). This procedure is repeated dozens of times on a single wafer. The photoresist is then processed further to create the actual electronic circuits on the silicon. The imaging that ASML's machines deal with is used in the fabrication of nearly all integrated circuits.

This presentation will give a brief overview of ASML, challenges developing the next generation of lithography machines, the daily work environment, and what skills are in high demand. Questions are strongly encouraged.

Dr. Stuber has an academic background in applied mathematics, specializing in methods development for correlated many-body systems. Before joining ASML in 2011 he held research positions in quantum chemistry, nuclear physics, space physics, control theory, and was a Junior Fellow at FIAS from 2005-2008.


Dr. Elvira Santini (Risk Analyst)

RSU Rating Service Unit GmbH & Co. KG

March 22, 2013, 16:30
FIAS Faculty Club, Ruth-Moufang-Strasse 1, Frankfurt
RSU is one of the leading providers in Germany of internal rating systems for assessing the credit risk in the corporate customer business. As a full-service provider, RSU develops, operates and commercializes a wide range of regulatory recognized rating systems as well as early warning systems for credit risk. RSU was created during a cooperative project between nine german Landesbanks and has been operating as an independent company since December 2003.

After giving a short introduction about RSU the talk will focus on the challenges of working in its methodology department, where rating models are developed and validated and quantitative methods meet regulatory requirements. Based on personal experience, the basic similarities of cash-flow simulation models and heavy-ion-collision simulation models will be discussed, with particular emphasis on the skills required to successfully perform the day to day work.

Dr. Elvira Santini is Risk Analyst in the methodology department of RSU. She joined RSU in 2011 after a postdoc term at the Goethe University Frankfurt. She has worked on yearly validations of rating models as well as on model improvements and developments. She has an academic background in theoretical heavy ion physics and is a former member of the UrQMD collaboration.


Dr. Jens Müller (Consultant)
Dr. Oliver Bohr (Senior Manager)

d-fine consulting

June 28, 2012, 16:30
FIAS Faculty Club, Ruth-Moufang-Strasse 1, Frankfurt
With over 350 highly accomplished consultants (mostly graduates from physics and mathematics) based in Frankfurt, Munich, London, Zurich, and Vienna d-fine is one of the leading European providers of demanding quantitative and technical consulting projects in the areas of risk management and finance. d-fine's clients include banks, insurance companies, asset managers, and industrial corporations. The firm advises on the implementation of trading, credit and risk management systems, from first ideas to industrial-strength solutions, from mathematical models to real time interfaces, from plain vanilla bonds to exotic commodity derivatives, and from internal rating systems to portfolio management and capital allocation.

Reported from personal experiences the talk gives insights into the professional challenges and the working environment of a consultant at d-fine. After giving some background information about d-fine the talk illustrates the broad spectrum of d-fine's consulting services with a special focus on market risk as a key issue of risk management. In this context also connections to physics and mathematics are drawn. Besides the focus on the field of work of a consultant the talk also addresses the particular appeal of working at changing locations, projects and clients.

Dr. Jens Müller is consultant at d-fine, he joined in 2011 after completing his PhD thesis at TU Darmstadt. He worked on projects dealing with the conceptual design of a market risk system, the extension of system functionalities and the infrastructure consolidation of the management-risk-controlling. His academic background lies in theoretical condensed matter and heavy ion physics.

Dr. Oliver Bohr is Senior Manager at d-fine, he joined d-fine (respectively Arthur Andersen) in 2001 right after completing his PhD thesis. During more than ten years as a consultant for d-fine he has worked on various projects for banks, asset managers and the chemical industry. As a member of the d-fine market risk business unit his work is focused on topics around market risk and regulatory requirements. Oliver Bohr holds a PhD in theoretical particle physics from Technical University of Darmstadt and a MSc. in mathematical finance from the University of Oxford.


Dr. Detlef Zschiesche (Teacher (Studienrat) for Maths and Physics)

Augustinerschule Friedberg

March 15, 2012, 16:30
FIAS Faculty Club, Ruth-Moufang-Strasse 1, Frankfurt
Augustinerschule Friedberg is a Gymnasium with about 1300 pupils, which has a strong maths and physics faculty. As well in physics as in maths motivated teachers a highly welcome. However, one has to be aware that duties and responsibilities of a teacher include not only lessons in maths and physics but also social, psychological and administrative work.

The presentation will give an insight into the daily routine and challenges of a very interesting and satisfactory, but also personally involving job. Furthermore, the possible ways to become a school teacher in Germany as well as possible carreer opportunities will be described.

Dr. Detlef Zschiesche finished his PhD in theoretical nuclear and heavy ion physics in 2006 in Frankfurt and after a postdoc entered the Referendariat in 2008. Since 2010 he works as a regular teacher at Augustiner Gymnasium in Friedberg.


Dr. Stefan Scherer (Scientific Editor)

Springer Science+Business Media

November 3, 2011, 16:00
GSI, Lecture Hall in KBW Building

Springer Science+Business Media is a leading global scientific publisher, with a special strength in science, technology and medicine (STM). Springer publishes some 2,000 academic journals and around 7,000 new books each year, both electronically and in print. The main German location is Springer-Verlag in Heidelberg.

Dr. Stefan Scherer has an academic background in theoretical condensed matter and heavy ion physics. He joined Springer as a scientific editor for the Landolt-Börnstein data collection in all areas of physical sciences. He works now in the Publishing Product Development team, where he develops both content and functionality for the SpringerMaterials electronic platform. The presentation will focus on his personal experiences as a physicist at Springer, witnessing the transition from the time-honored Landolt-Börnstein to the web platform SpringerMaterials.


Dr. Ulrich Harbach (Patentassessor)

Hafner Tergau Walkenhorst

July 12, 2011, 16:00
FIAS Faculty Club, Ruth-Moufang-Strasse 1, Frankfurt

Hafner Tergau Walkenhorst Patentanwälte - Rechtsanwälte is a patent law firm based in Nürnberg and Frankfurt. Founded in 2011, the firm emerged from the former offices of Tergau & Pohl in Nürnberg and Frankfurt and Hafner in Nürnberg.

Dr. Harbach has an academic background in theoretical physics.

The talk will focus on general aspects of intellectual property, requirements regarding the training to become a patent attorney in Germany, and an overview of the usual daily work of a patent attorney.


Dr. Andreas Selchow (Manager)

Ardour Consulting Group GmbH

April 12, 2011, 16:00
Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-Haus, Dieburger Strasse 241, Darmstadt
Ardour Consulting Group GmbH was founded in 2004 and is a spin-off of a major international management consulting firm. It provides advice and support to clients in order to increase the productivity of their IT.

Speaking about his projects and experiences, Dr. Selchow will illustrate how the day-to-day consultancy business does look like. As a consultant he formats business requirements for the IT provider or manages IT projects. Moreover, his company is specialized in applying methods like Enterprise Application Management or Portfolio Management to improve the customer's IT. - Like a physicist a consultant has to reduce complex problems into smart processes or models, Dr. Selchow will point out.

Dr. Selchow has an academic background on plasma physics. He graduated on a new response function for non-ideal plasmas at the University of Rostock in 2001.


Dr. Stefan Kniege (Quantitative Risk Controller)

Bankhaus Sal. Oppenheim

October 21, 2010, 16:00
Villa Giersch , Lerchesbergring 90, Frankfurt
Sal. Oppenheim is a private bank founded in 1798 with a focus on Private Wealth Management.

Dr. Kniege has an academic background in heavy ion physics and graduated mid 2009 on data from the CERES expriment at CERN.

The presentation will cover aspects of Risk Management in Banks putting emphasis on Derivatives Trading and Liquidity Risk Controlling from a quantitative perspective. In this context personal skills required in banking buisiness and similarities in working in physics and in quantitative finance will be discussed.


Dr. Wilrid Dubitzky (Fachreferentin der Vorausentwicklung (Advance Engineering))

ETAS GmbH

August 6, 2010, 16:00
FIAS Faculty Club, Ruth-Moufang-Strasse 1, Frankfurt
The ETAS GmbH in Stuttgart Feuerbach is a 100% daughter of Robert Bosch GmbH. ETAS is producing hard- and software tools for the development of steering units in motor vehicles.

The advance engineering unit is working on new product solutions in which the technological feasability is not assured. There is strong cooperation between the Bosch research departments and various universities.

Dr. Dubitzky has an academic background on heavy ion physics.

The presentation will focus on personal experiences joining this particular industry, ETAS and the advance engineering unit, as well as soft- and hardskill required.

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