Theoretical physicist pursuing my Ph.D. in numerical relativity and gravitational wave astronomy at the Max-Planck-Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany. Also passionate about software development, design, data visualisation and teaching.

*1992 in Hannover, Germany

nils.fischer@aei.mpg.de

Education

2018 to date
Ph.D. in Physics, Max-Planck-Institute for Gravitational Physics Potsdam, Germany

Numerical simulations of compact object binaries as part of the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) collaboration supervised by Prof. Harald P. Pfeiffer.

2015—2017
M.Sc. in Physics, Heidelberg University

Core specialization in General Relativity and Theoretical Astrophysics. First-year examination on Quantum Field Theory and Advanced Cosmology. Master thesis on gravitational theory jointly supervised by Prof. Björn M. Schäfer and Dr. Frederic P. Schuller.

2012—2015
B.Sc. in Physics, Heidelberg University

Bachelor thesis on gravitational waves supervised by Dr. Valeria Pettorino and Prof. Luca Amendola.


Scholarships

2017
Apple WWDC 2017, San José, USA

Won a student scholarship to attend one week of sessions, workshops and company tours at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference 2017. Submission: Black holes playground

2016
CERN Summer Student Programme, Geneva, Switzerland

Implemented an aggregation pipeline and visualization platform for the computing performance data at the CMS experiment at CERN. Publication in peer review.

2015
Winter School on Gravity and Light, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Studied general relativity from the mathematical foundations to the research frontiers of gravity and spacetime concepts in four weeks of lectures, tutorials and workshops.

2014
Research Internship in Complexity Science, University of Calgary, Canada

Developed a Python implementation to reconstruct a 2D nearest-neighbor Ising lattice with information entropy techniques during a three-month DAAD RISE worldwide scholarship.

Teaching & Employment

2015—2016
Python Introductory Course, Heidelberg University

Created the online Python introductory course for first-year physics students beginning their lab course at Heidelberg University.


2014 to date
Teaching Assistant in Theoretical Physics, Heidelberg University

Taught a weekly exercise group for five lectures on theoretical physics:

  • General Relativity (summer term 2017)
  • Quantum Mechanics (summer term 2016)
  • Electrodynamics and Special Relativity (winter term 2015/16)
  • Analytical Mechanics and Thermodynamics (summer term 2015)
  • Mechanics and Mathematical Methods (winter term 2014/15)
2013 to date
Software development for iOS, Heidelberg University

Lectured five iterations of the iOS development course and led iOS app development projects at Heidelberg University.


2013—2014
Software development for neuromorphic hardware, Heidelberg University

Implemented configuration and hardware tests for neuromorphic hardware in C++ and Python for the Human Brain Project research group led by Prof. Karlheinz Meier.