member of the attending group for evaluation of the transplantation act of the Fedearal Office of Public Health FOPH, Berne, Switzerland.
member of the Ethics Review Board (IRB) for Human Experimentation of the General Medical Council of Westphalia-Lippe and the University of Muenster.
visiting researcher at Loyola University, Chicago Il., USA (ethics of research in the humanities).
full professor for Moral Theology, director of the Seminar of Moral Theology, Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Muenster.
member of the steering committee of the national research programme "Welfare and Coercion" (NFP 76) or the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
2012 – 2016
full professor for Theological Ethics, prior to this substitute professor (in spe) and director of the Institute for Social Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Lucerne, Switzerland.
2001 – 2014
research associate/assistant professor at the Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine, Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg, Germany; director of the Institute: Prof. Dr. W. Eckart.
2009 – 2012
substitute director, wintersemester 2011/12: temporary director.
appointed expert for Theological Ethics of the Commission „Bioethics“ of the German Bishop’s Conference, Bonn, Germany.
2011 – 2012
twice a one year‘s fellowship at the interdisciplinary Marsilius-College of the University of Heidelberg – with the interdisciplinary research project „Ethics and Organ Transplantation“– together with a full professor of criminal law and a physician specialized in liver transplantation; the fellowships were associated with funding for two substitutes for teaching duties.
2008 – 2012
elected member of the Ethics Review Board (IRB) for Human Experimentation in Medicine of the Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg.
habilitation treatise „ End of Life Decision Making for Critically Ill Cancer Patients Who Are No Longer Capable Of Giving Consent – Historical, Theoretical und Ethical Perspectives“, Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg; license to teach for History, Theory and Ethics of Medicine.
conferral of doctorate („The Patient’s Right of Autonomy and Professional Nursing. Foundation and Application of a Moral Right”) of the Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Tuebingen, Germany (rating: „summa cum laude“).
2001 – 2012
member of the Clinical Ethics Committee/Working Group for Clinical Ethics of the University Hospital of Heidelberg.
2000 – 2001
research assistant of Prof. Dr. D. Mieth, Chair of Social Ethics, Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Tuebingen.
1998 – 2000
scientific coordinator of the interdisciplinary Postgraduate College „Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities“, International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) of the University of Tuebingen.
research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a visiting scholarship in the USA: visiting scholar at the Kennedy Institute, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. und at the Hastings Center, Garrison, N.Y.
1995 – 1998
doctorate grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) accompanied by postgraduate studies of „Practical philosophy and applied ethics” at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tuebingen.
1993 – 1995
director of studies for professional development in therapeutic pedagogy, nursing and health care politics at the „Katholische Akademie“ (catholic academy for professional development and further education) in Lingen-Holthausen, Germany.
diploma degree in psychology (german „Dipl.-Psych.) and theology (german "Dipl.-Theol.") at the University of Tuebingen.