Things I'm working on now, in the descending order of how much time I spend on them:

  • PhD in quantum information at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics — due to finish this year.
    — writing my dissertation
    — deriving some lovely exponentiated parameters for disordered many-body systems
    — writing up an analytical paper on disordered many-body systems
    — begging LaTeX to please be a good boy for just five minutes
  • Technical writing and Tool & Library Qualification podcast at Validas AG — a deep dive into safety standards for software development.
    — moderating and producing podcast episodes on a part-time basis
  • Applying for jobs — my PhD contract will expire in July 2020.
  • Managing the Science Policy — Science Communication working group at EuroScience with Chloe Hill of the European Geosciences Union — EuroScience is a non-profit grassroots association of researchers in Europe.
  • Taking care of pets and plants
    — my spoiled cat is named Deimos (the God of War or one of the moons of Mars); he has chronic asthma, loves playing fetch and does tricks like a champ
    — I rear beautiful beetles; the moist soil in their terrarium makes the room smell like the forest floor
    — my carnivorous plants are trivial to keep and a joy to have

Things I've consciously put on hiatus:

  • Presenting planetarium shows at the ESO Supernova — we're taking a break because of the COVID-19 situation.
  • Running Munich Shut Up & Write! meetups — writing sessions and peer support/pressure for any type of writing you can imagine.

Past projects I'm extra proud of:

  • Outreach specialist position at the Center for Quantum Technologies in Singapore — one of my favorite places on Earth. (Aug–Nov 2019)
  • Working as a science writer at the European Southern Observatory, where all my astronomy knowledge finally came in handy. (Jul 2018–Jan 2019)
  • Winning the bid and then running the Executive Committee that organized the International Conference of Physics Students 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia — a 400-student-strong yearly conference of the International Association of Physics Students. (Aug 2015)