Diploma in Physics, University Erlangen, Germany, 2001. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, University Durham, 2004.
Postdoctoral researcher University Cambridge, England, 2004—2007, University Sheffield, England, 2007—2008. Ramon y Cajal research fellow University Compultense, Madrid, since 2009. Lieutenant German French Brigade, 1994-1995, Donaueschingen, Germany.
Member of Wolfson College Cambridge (senior postdoctoral member 2005), Corps. Bavaria Erlangen.
Son of Anneliese and Bernd Schmidt.