Biographical Information


meNewI’m currently the postdoc of the project The Impact of Computer Simulations and Machine Learning on the Epistemic Status of LHC Data. This is one of six projects of the DFG/FWF research unit The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider, an international collaboration between physicists, philosophers, historians, and sociologists of science. For the time being, I have not just one but three bosses: Rafaela Hillerbrand, Gregor Schiemann, and Christian Zeitnitz.

My office space is in the facilities of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Science and Technology Studies (IZWT) at BU Wuppertal. I was also formally affiliated with the Institute for Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology at RWTH Aachen for 1.5 years, while Michael Krämer was still a principal investigator of our project.

I graduated from my PhD (Dr. Phil.) study in philosophy at the University of Cologne in 2017 (supervisors: Andreas Hüttemann and Claus Kiefer). My BA/MA study in philosophy and linguistics was concluded in 2012 at Düsseldorf University. In 2016, I also finished a BSc in Physics (University of Cologne) with a thesis on probabilities in the Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics, which I had started in parallel to my PhD study in Cologne in 2013.

I have been employed in various academic positions, teaching and otherwise. Since 2014, I have been the second editor for “Laws of Nature” on, with Markus Schrenk (Düsseldorf University) being the main editor. In addition, I can claim some international experience from two stays abroad: one in 2016, where I was at Oxford University on a DAAD grant, as a recognised (=visiting PhD) student in Philosophy of Physics and as a visitor to (the physics part of) “The Metaphysics of Entanglement“; and one in 2018, where I was invited to the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) by Chris Fuchs, in order to participate in a project on QBism and Metaphysics.

In my undergraduate studies, I have also done some work on trope theory (MA thesis; supervisors: Gerhard Schurz and Gottfried Vosgerau; cf. also the papers section) and on philosophical skepticism (BA thesis; supervisors: Gerhard Schurz and Markus Werning), as well as various subjects from logic, epistemology, and the philosophy of science.