Linker graduated from Technische Universität Darmstadt in 1988. Three years later he earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry from the University of Basel in 1991.
Linker began his career as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Edmonton in 1991 and held it for a year. In 1993, he took a position of an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Wuerzburg, where he worked until 1997. Since 1998, Torsten has been an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Stuttgart.
Linker is a member of German Chemical Association and American Chemical Society.
On March 1, 1990 Torsten Linker married Ursula Riedner. They have 3 children.