Short CV/Education and training

  • 1958
    Born in Kerns, Switzerland

  • 1978
    High school diploma, Kantonales Lehrerseminar, Luzern

  • 1978 – 1983
    Undergraduate studies, Zurich University

  • 1984 – 1988
    Doctoral studies, Zurich University

  • 1984 – 1988
    Teaching assistant at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at Zurich University

  • 1988
    PhD (with distinction)

  • 1988 – 1989
    Post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Astronomy of Cambridge University, UK

  • 1989 – 1991
    Visiting fellow at the physics department of Princeton University, USA

  • 1991 – 1992
    Post-doctoral fellow at Zurich University

  • 1992 – 1995
    Assistant professor of theoretical physics at Zurich University

  • 1994
    Visiting Newton Institute in Cambridge, UK

  • Since 1995
    Full professor of theoretical physics at Geneva University

  • 1996
    Visiting Berkeley University Physics Department

  • 2001
    Visiting Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton

  • 2002
    Visiting Université Paris VII Orsay

  • 2006
    Visiting Galileo Galilei Institute, Florence

  • Since 2007
    Head of the department of theoretical physics at Geneva University

  • 2008
    Visiting CEA Saclay, Paris

  • 2009
    Visiting Galileo Galilei Institute, Florence

  • 2011
    Visiting CEA Saclay, Paris

Selected publications



Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Secretary of the Swiss Physical Society

  • Associate Editor of the journals "JCAP" and "General Relativity and Gravitation"

  • President of the Tomalla Foundation of Gravity research which distributes post-doc fellowships at Swiss Universities and an international prize.

  • Co-organization of several conferences and schools

  • Node coordinator of the ESF network 'Cosmology in the Laboratory', COSLAB, 1997 – 2006

  • Network in Europe for Theory and data analysis', CMBNET, 2000 – 2005

  • Node coordinator of the European TMR networks, 'Fractals

    and self organization' (FRACTALS, 1998 – 2003) and 'Cosmic Microwave Background, 1993 – 1995

Additional qualifications

  • Supervisor of 14 PhD students and many post-doctoral fellows


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • married, 3 children


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