I studied physics at the Kazan State University, but spent many years working, in parallel, in exploration geophysics, in particular on the analysis of geothermal reservoirs and their properties in connection with hydrocarbon deposits.
After graduating from the KSU, I was offered a PhD position in geophysics at Cornell University, but chose to pursue doctoral studies in astronomy at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Since then, my career path took me to different places across Europe, from Garching to Cambridge, and finally to Heidelberg where I lead the independent research group “Stellar spectroscopy and stellar populations”, funded through the MPG, DFG, and ERC grants.

The full list of my publications can be found on ADS (ORCID 0000-0002-9908-5571), and here is the list of my talks, seminars, and invited lectureships over the period 2014 - 2023.

University training, degree, and advanced academic qualifications

  • 2005 – 2008: Dr. rer. nat. (December 2008), Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany
  • 2000 – 2005: Physics and Astronomy, Diploma in Astronomy, B.Sc. in Physics, Kazan State University, Russia

Postgraduate professional career

  • 2021 – 2022: SCIENCE visiting scholar at the Niels Bohr International Academy, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Copenhagen
  • since 2019: Lise Meitner Group Leader, staff scientist, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany
  • since 2014: lecturer at the University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2014 – 2019: Max Planck Independent Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2013 – 2014: Postdoc, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, with Prof. Gerry Gilmore
  • 2009 – 2013: Postdoc, Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching, Germany, with Prof. Martin Asplund

Recognition and Awards

Professional Service

  • Invited Affiliate Member, ASTRO3D Centre of Excellence (All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions), Australian Research Council
  • Co-PI of the 4MOST High-resolution Milky Way Disc and Bulge Survey 
  • Service on committees and reviewer for MPG, DFG, ESO, ERC, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 
  • Science Worgroup Lead “Exoplanets and Stellar Physics”, planned MOS facility Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer 
  • Coordinator of the field „Stellar Parameters, Stellar Structure  and Evolution" for the decadal plan (Denkschrift) of Rat Deutscher Sternwarten, "Perspectives of Astrophysics in Germany 2015-2030” 
  • Co-PI of the projects A5 and A910 (“Observational Galactic Chemodynamics”, "Stellar production sites of heavy elements”) in Sonderforschungsbereich 881 “The Milky Way System”, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG
  • Representative of the Research Group Leaders in the Max Planck Society (Chemistry-Physics-Technology Section, CPTS), 2014 - 2019
  • Co-I, NSF-funded project "From Stars to Active Galactic Nuclei. Phototionization, Photoexcitation, Opacities, and Spectra of Low Ionization Fe-peak Species“, 2013 - 2016, PI: M. Bautista
  • Referee for different professional journals, including Astrophysical Journal, MNRAS, the Journal of Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Science 

Invited talks, seminars, and colloquia 
Over the past ten years I have given over 100 talks, seminar, colloquia at different conferences, research institutes, meetings, and assemblies. 

© Maria Bergemann 2023