since 2009 Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.
Scientific Manager of the Molecular Geo- and Palaeobiology Laboratory.
since 2008 Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Australia.
Honorary Research Fellow.
2006-2008 The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
School of Biological Sciences.Postdoctoral research on sponge phylogenomics (with Prof. B. Degnan).
2007-2008 Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany and
2005-2007 Queensland Museum, South Brisbane, Australia.
Postdoctoral research as Marie-Curie Fellow of the European Union on the evolution of keratose sponges. The project involved a two-year outgoing phase at the Queensland Museum followed by a one-year period at the Geoscience Centre Göttingen (with J/Prof. G. Wörheide, Göttingen and Dr J.N.A. Hooper, Brisbane).
2004-2005 Zoological Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Postdoctoral guest scientist in the Department of Coelenterata and Porifera (with Dr R.W.M. van Soest).
1999-2004 University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics.
Ph.D.-Project "Systematics of halichondrid demosponges". Focusing on insight in molecular evolutionary and phylogenetic patterns of demosponges and the phylogenetic suitability of independent data sources involving biochemical, morphological and three molecular data sets. Thesis: "On the phylogeny of halichondrid demosponges" (with Dr R.W.M. van Soest and Prof. F.R. Schram).
1998-1999 University of Bonn, Germany.
Department of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology.
Diploma in Zoology and Genetics (high pass). Thesis: "Molecular Phylogenetics of Scorpionflies of the Genus Panorpa (Mecoptera)" (with Prof. K.P. Sauer and Dr B. Misof).
1997 Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid, Spain.
Department of Invertebrate Zoology.
ERASMUS predoctoral fellowship (European Network of Systematic Biology) on conservation and population genetics (with Dr R. Araujo, Dr A. Machordom, Dr M. Ramos).
1996-1997 University of Lund, Sweden.
Department of Evolutionary Genetics.
ERASMUS predoctoral fellowship on mitogenomics. Sequencing complete vertebrate mt-genomes (with Prof. U. Arnason and Dr A. Janke).
1994-1996 University of Bonn, Germany.
Study of Biology (3rd and 4th year).
1992-1994 Technical University Aachen, Germany.
Study of Biology (1st and 2nd year), First degree ("Vordiplom") in Biology.