Short CV/Education and training

Academic positions

  • Since 2018
    Professor at the University of Leeds, UK

  • Since 2011
    Full Professor at Karl Franzens University of Graz, Austria (On leave 2019 – 2023)

  • 2007 – 2011
    Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich (fellowship by SNSF, the Swiss National Science Foundation)

  • 2002 – 2007
    Postdoctoral positions at ETH Zurich, University of California, San Diego, University of Leicester


  • 2002
    PhD, University of Basel

  • 1997
    Diplom in Mathematics, Philosophy and French Literature, University of Zurich

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • Royal Society Wolfson Fellowship, 2018 – 2024

  • Mathematics and Arts: Towards a balance between artistic intuition and mathematical complexity, University of Graz, 2014 – 2017

  • Symmetric groups and geometric representation theory, FWF, 2013 – 2016

  • Surface algebras, FWF, 2012 – 2015

  • Marie Curie IEF (with fellow Dr. D. Bogdanic), 2011 – 2013

  • SNF Professor. Host institution: ETH Zurich, 2007 – 2011

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Senate, University of Graz

  • Hiring committees in various countries

  • Member of the DK Discrete Mathematics (TU Graz, University of Graz, University of Leoben), 2014 – 2018

  • Panel member on research councils

  • Scientific Committee of CIRM (Luminy, France)

  • Editorial board Springer Lecture Notes in Mathematics

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Four children (born 1998 – 2009)


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