Simone Techert is Leading Scientist in the group “Chemical Structural Dynamics” at DESY, the research group Structural Dynamic (Bio)Chemical Systems at the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and professor for ultra-short pulsed X-rays physics at the University of Göttingen within the network of the “Göttingen Research Campus”. She develops methods for time-resolved X-ray experiments and their applications and optimisation for analysis of chemical molecular processes and of structural dynamic and relations in chemical reactions (“filming” chemical reactions in real time).  Her research objective is a broader understanding of energy transformation processes within the investigated complex chemical systems and how these influence the motion of the molecules.

The group performs their experiments with highly brilliant X-ray radiation sources like PETRA (DESY), ESRF (Grenoble) or APS (Argonne National Laboratory). Within various collaborations the X-ray experiments at the edge of technology of possible time resolution (femtoseconds) are proceeded at the Free Electron Laser FLASH (DESY) or the LCLS (SLAC). The results are supplemented by additional measurements at home sources (optical ultra-short time spectroscopy as well as pulsed X-ray table-top sources).

Academic career

Since 2013 Leading Scientist at DESY and Professor for Ultrafast X-ray Physics at Göttingen University / Göttingen Research Campus
2006-2012 Minerva Professorship at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen
Since 2008 Lecturer at the International Research School of Molecular Biophysics, Göttingen Research Campus
2004 Venia legendi in Physical Chemistry, Göttingen University
2001-2005 Emmy Noether fellow of the German Science Foundation and group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen
1998 Exchange scientist at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, USA
1997-2000 Postdoctoral fellow at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France
1995-1997 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry at the Göttingen University
1994 Diploma in Chemistry (Physical Chemistry) at Giessen University
1988-1993 Study of Chemistry at Giessen University


2011-2013 Member of the "FXE-ART review panel" of the European XFEL
2009-2012 Co-Chair of the "Photon Science Committee of the German Synchrotron Radiation Facility at DESY"
2009-2012 Member of the "Beamtime allocation panel of the Swiss Light Source SLS", Villingen, Switzerland
Since 2008 Member of the "Courant Research Center for Nanoscale Photonic Imaging", Georg August University, Göttingen
2006-2011 Member of the "Advanced Study Group of the Max Planck Society for Free- Electron Laser Research"
2006-2012 Member of the "Photon Science Committee”, DESY
2002-2008 Co-author of the Technical Design Report of the European free-electron laser XFEL
  Member of four appointments committees
  International advisory boards:
Foundation and the EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK

Dutch Science Foundation, Hungarian Science Foundation
Slowakic Science Foundation
European Science Foundation
Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, US Dept. of Energy