Diploma in physics, Carl V. Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany, 1995. European Doctor of Philosophy, Carl V. Ossietzky University and Ecole Polytechnic, Paris, 1997. Doctor of Philosophy, University Halle-Wittenburg, Halle, Germany, 2003.
Postdoctorate Ecole Polytechnic, Paris, 1997. Senior scientist Philips Research Laboratory, Redhill, England, 1998—1999. Science co-worker Max Planck Institute, Halle, 1999—2003.
Professor experimental physics University Paderborn, 2003—2006, University Halle, since 2006. Director Fraunhofer Institute Mechanics of Materials, since 2007.