You have been at IAF since 2008, how did it start back then?
After I studied in Freiburg and worked at the university, I wanted to do something new. Since my interests are very broad, I have looked into various different career options, from industry to university. I also came across IAF, which immediately caught my attention. I decided to work here at a research institute partly, because developmental research offers a great opportunity to learn, but also because it is very easy to switch to career in industry later on. Since the teamwork is so great and it always remains varied and exciting, I still enjoy working at IAF today.
What fascinates you about your tasks as a process engineer?
I enjoy process technology because it is not just theory. My tasks are very varied: It is possible that I spent a whole day in the clean room, working on wafers at a chemistry table, a scanning electron microscope or a lithography tool; but there are also office days, where I process data and collect results. I am a technology coordinator, i.e. I plan and coordinate how a process should look like, so that in the end our devices, in my case infrared detectors, come out. This combination of theoretical and practical work is fascinating to me and it makes my work life very varied. And the best thing about it is that in the end I usually hold a finished product, or at least part of one, in my hands.