1994 – 2001: Studies at the Technical University Berlin, Germany
2001 – 2006: Research and teaching assistant at the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.
2006: Doctoral examination “docteur és science” (PhD); awarded with the Max-Auwärter Prize in 2008.
2006 – 2008: Postdoctoral fellow at the IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California.
2009 – 2018: Senior scientist and group leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart.
2016: Habilitation at the University of Konstanz, venia legendi for experimental physics.
since 2018: Heisenberg-Professor at the RWTH Aachen University and at the Peter-Grünberg Insitute for Quantum Nanoscience (PGI-3).