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Curriculum Vitae

Jens Kauffmann, PhD

Research Associate
Max–Planck–Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn

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Research Positions

 since 2014
Research Associate
Max–Planck–Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn

 2009 — 2013
(Senior) Postdoctoral Researcher
California Institute of Technology & JPL, Pasadena

 2006 — 2009
Postdoctoral Researcher
Harvard University, Center for Astrophysics

Science Interests

  • star formation laws & molecular cloud structure
  • molecular clouds in the Central Molecular Zone (CMZ)
  • connections between galactic and extragalactic star formation studies

Observing Surveys

  • PI of the Galactic Center Molecular Cloud Survey (GCMS)
    a detailed survey of the major molecular clouds in the central ~100 pc of the Milky Way (~200 hours on ALMA, GBT, CARMA, SMA, APEX, CSO)
  • SMA Galactic Center Legacy Survey
    a survey of dense gas in the Central Molecular Zone of the Milky Way (500 hours on the SMA)
  • CARMA Large Area Star Formation Survey (CLASSy)
    wide–field views at high angular resolution of the Perseus and Serpens molecular clouds (700 hours on CARMA)
  • CARMA Orion Project
    a wide–field mosaic of the Orion A molecular cloud at high angular resolution (~1,200 hours on CARMA)

Publication History

See my separate publication list for details. In November 2014, I had an h–index of 22 and a total of more than 1,300 refereed citations.

Committee Work and Refereeing

  • member of the NRAO (star formation: SFM SRP; 2012–2013) and CARMA (2012) Time Allocation Committees
  • referee for A&A and A&A Letters, ApJ and ApJ Letters, MNRAS
  • member in the "Star Formation" and "ISM" Survey Design Groups for the Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope (CCAT)
  • invited as referee for the NASA Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (2011, 2014)

Selected Professional Activities

  • science PI and main author of accepted Spitzer, NSF, and NASA research proposals (>$770k)
  • PI on top–rated competitive observing proposals (e.g., Herschel and ALMA)
  • science PI and main author of the “Airships as Platforms for Earth and Space Science” internal concept study at JPL, invited speaker for the related workshop at the Keck Institute for Space Studies
  • initiator, host, and coordinator of the “Large-Scale Structure in Molecular Clouds” (2010) and “Connecting the Domains: From Galactic to Extragalactic Star Formation Laws” (2012) review sessions at the “Early Phases of Star Formation” (EPoS) meetings in Ringberg Castle
  • invited colloquium speaker (e.g., Berkeley, IIA Bangalore, NASA Ames, U. Florida)
  • guest lecturer, e.g., at NAOJ Tokyo and the MPI Research School Bonn (scheduled for 2015)
  • master’s thesis supervisor while at Harvard University (for U. Leipzig)
  • lead organizer for the 3D Visualization in Astronomy tutorial at ADASS XVII, summer 2007, London, UK; and the IIC presentation booth (4 projects, including the public launch of Microsoft’s WorldWideTelescope; $40k budget) at the AAS winter meeting 2008, Austin, TX

Funding History

lead author and science–PI of successful proposals to (total >$770k):

  • Spitzer Science Center data analysis program
  • National Science Foundation
  • NASA Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP)
  • Herschel Open Time Program 2

recipient of:

  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship (equivalent to $100k to $200k)

Main Collaborators

Paul Goldsmith (JPL), Thushara Pillai (Bonn), Alyssa Goodman (Harvard University), Frank Bertoldi (University of Bonn), Karl Menten (MPI Bonn), Di Li (NAO Beijing), Philip Myers (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory), Mario Tafalla (OAN Madrid), Paola Caselli (University of Leeds), Rahul Shetty (ITA Heidelberg), Alvaro Hacar (University of Vienna)

Observing Experience

PI and Co-I of successful programs using the following instruments…

  • single-dish radio telescopes: IRAM 30m, APEX, JCMT, CSO, GBT, Effelsberg, SEST
  • radio interferometers: ALMA (PI, cycles 1 & 2), IRAM PdBI, SMA, CARMA, VLA, ATCA
  • space telescopes: Herschel (PI), Spitzer (Science PI; archive proposal)
  • Near–IR imaging: Perkins (at Lowell), Calar Alto 3.5m

Teaching, Outreach, and Community Service

Supervisor of successful one–year Master’s thesis while at Harvard University (for U. Leipzig).

Enthusiastic astronomy lecturer (e.g., NAOJ star formation winter school invited lecturer; scheduled for MPI Research School). Extensive exposure to very diverse communities (university, high school, elementary school, general public). Avid amateur astronomer. Solar eclipse guide.

Past member in the managing boards of astronomy and aeronautical clubs ("Astronomischer Verein Remscheid" and "Luftsportverein Wipperfürth"). Budgetary responsibilities, acquisition of external funding, design of outreach and education programs.

In the Media

Languages

  • German: native speaker
  • English: excellent (seven years of US experience)