Short CV












2021-    Full professor in Weltraumwissenschaften, Graz University of Technology, Austria
2021-    Director, Institute for Space Research Graz (IWF), Austrian Academy of Science
2021    Full professor (chair) in Physics & Astronomy, University of St Andrews, UK
2016-2021    Director, St Andews Centre for Exoplanet Science, University of St Andrews, UK
2019-2021    Senior Scientist at the Netherlands Institute for Space Research
2014-2021    Reader in Physics & Astronomy, University of St Andrews, UK
2010-2014    Lecturer in Physics & Astronomy, University of St Andrews, UK
2009-2010    SUPA Advanced Fellow and Honorary Lecturer, University of St Andrews, UK
2005-2006    ESA Darwin Research Fellow, ESTEC Noordwijk, The Netherlands



2004   Habilitation in Astrophysics, Center for Astronomy und Astrophysics, TU Berlin
1999   PhD dissertation (Dr. rer. nat., with distinction), Fakultät II TU Berlin
1996   Diploma in Physics, TU Berlin, diploma thesis in astrophysics

  Studies of Physics, TU Berlin and FU Berlin, incl. diploma thesis at NBI Copenhagen

Awards, Grants, Prizes

  • ERC Starting Grant 2010-2016 (LEAP PI, held at the Universiy of St Andrews):
    •  The LEAP project was initiated by funding from the European Research Council (acronym ‘lightning’) under the 7th frame workprogramm ‘Ideas’ for the duration of 5 years. It started in March 2010. The ERC project team was made of the project leader, 3 postdoctoral researchers, 3 PhD students, project- and summer students.
  • Marie-Curie  Innovative Training Network for Joint European Degrees (2020-2014, held at the University of St Andrews in 2020, then at the IWF and the TU Graz) "CHAMELEON: Virtual Laboratories for Exoplanest and Planet-Forming Disks" 

Main Research Topics

  • chemistry and physics of exoplanet and brown dwarf atmospheres
  • cloud formation, atmosphere chemistry, charge processes
  • hydrodynamic simulations incl. cloud formation for mapping cloud distributions on exoplanets
  • linking to space observatiosn with the James Webb Space telescope, CHEOPS, PLATO

For more details, have a look at the Research section.​​​​​​​



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Christiane Helling
Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat.