Tim Dietrich appointed Max Planck Fellow

Cooperation between the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and the University of Potsdam will be strengthened

March 17, 2021

Professor Tim Dietrich, junior professor at the University of Potsdam, will lead a new research group at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) as a Max Planck Fellow. The Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics will fund his research group with up to 112,000 euros annually for the next five years. Additional support will be provided by the Faculty of Science of the University of Potsdam.

“Professor Dietrich is a very talented and successful young scientist,” says Professor Alessandra Buonanno, managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics. “It is a special honor to be appointed Fellow as a junior professor at the age of only 32 – this clearly shows how outstanding Tim Dietrich is. We congratulate Prof. Dietrich and look forward to working with him.”

“I am very honored to be appointed to the Max Planck Fellow program,” says Prof. Dietrich. “This is a great opportunity to further strengthen the collaboration between the University of Potsdam and the Max Planck Institute through joint research.”

Prof. Dietrich heads the Theoretical Astrophysics group at the University of Potsdam. He is an expert in numerical-relativistic simulations of neutron star mergers. Such simulations are particularly important to the young and growing research field of gravitational-wave astronomy. When neutron stars merge, gravitational waves are emitted that can provide insight into the so far unknown interior of the stars. At the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Dietrich will work closely with the departments of Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity led by Prof. Buonanno and Computational Relativistic Astrophysics led by Prof. Shibata.

Tim Dietrich studied physics at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, where he also earned his doctorate. From 2015 - 2018, he held a postdoctoral position in Prof. Alessandra Buonanno’s department at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam. After a two-year stay at the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (NIKHEF) in Amsterdam, funded by a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship, he was appointed to the University of Potsdam. Since February 2020, Dietrich is assistant professor for Theoretical Astrophysics and an Adjunct Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics. Dietrich has already won several prizes, including awards for his dissertation from the German Physical Society and from the University of Jena. In 2019, he received the Heinz Billing Prize for the Advancement of Scientific Computing. Only recently, he was awarded the 2021 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize.

The Max Planck Fellow Program
The Max Planck Fellow Program promotes the collaboration of outstanding university scientists with researchers at Max Planck Institutes. The appointment as Max Planck Fellows is initially limited to five years and also entails the supervision of a small research group at a Max Planck Institute.

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