Steve Schulze


I grew up in the city of Halle/Saale during the time of the GDR. After finishing school, I moved to Stuttgart to study aerospace and space engineering at the University of Stuttgart. The subject sounded more exciting than it actually was. Hoping to learn how to develop a warp drive, I had to learn that one needs to learn how to walk before one can fly. After three semesters, I quit and moved back to Halle to study physics at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. Later, I moved to Jena to finish my degree in physics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. After a few semesters, gravity turned out to be literally too heavy. So, I picked something more ground to Earth. Astrophysics. It made me stay at the Thüringer Landessterwarte Tautenburg in the middle of the forest for two years. It was like a Grimm’s fairy tale “over the hills, where the seven dwarfs dwell”. Thanks to my supervisor Sylvio Klose I got hooked on gamma-ray bursts and learnt many things about X-ray astronomy. In February 2009 I moved to the University of Iceland in Reykjavík to do my PhD with Palli Jakobsson and Gulli Björnsson. During this time, I transitioned from X-ray astronomy to optical spectroscopy. Even though spectroscopy requires a long learning process, it is an extremely powerful tool. In contrast to imaging, one spectrum contains information about the GRB explosion site, the host galaxy and intervening absorption-line system. Besides this, living in Iceland was always exciting. The pinnacle was hiking up an erupting volcano that the government ranked as a “tourist eruption”. After a bit more than three years, I said good-bye. At the beginning of August, I started my first postdoc at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Santiago de Chile. I am working with Franz E. Bauer and Alejandro Clocchiatti on supernovae. I am in particularly  interested in the GRB-SN connection, super-luminous SN, GRB and SN host galaxies, and intervening absorption-line systems.


About Me

Some Facts

Working at  Pontificia Universidad Católica Santiago de Chile

job  PostDoc

subjects  SLSNe, GRBs, SNe, high-redshift galaxies, intervening absorption-line systems

phd from  University of Iceland

Master from  Friedrich-Schiller University Jena