He also attended the local school, where he received his abitur in 1993. He studied physics and philosophy at the University of Munich, receiving his Bachelor of Science in philosophy and his Doctor of Philosophy in physics in 2002.
He joined the group of Anton Zeilinger at the University of Vienna in 2002 with a Feodor Lynen PostDoctoral Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He became Universitätsassistent at the University and then, Junior, later Senior Researcher, at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences where he is leading a research team working on quantum effects in microand nanomechanical systems His research interests are quantum entanglement and quantum optics.
He was awarded the Lieben Prize in 2007 and an European Research Council Starting Independent Researcher Grant in 2009.
He was offered chairs at the University of Oxford, the University of Calgary and the University of Vienna and currently holds the chair for Quantum Information on the Nanoscale at the University of Vienna.