Research Fellow

Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder

Research Area: Theoretical Sciences
Focuses: Astrophysics, Gravitation, Nuclear Physics


Office: 3|750 (FIAS)
Phone: +49 69 798 47629


Sabine Hossenfelder graduated with distinction in physics from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, where she also received her doctorate in theoretical physics in 2003. Meanwhile she worked as a research assistant for lectures on mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. From 2003-2004 she worked at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt before becoming a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Physics at the University of Arizona from 2004-2005, followed by a one-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2006, she worked for three years as a Postdoc at the Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She then went on to become Assistant Professor at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Stockholm, in 2009. Since 2015 she has been working in Frankfurt again and is a Research Fellow at FIAS.

Sabine regularly writes articles on physics research for a wider audience. Her articles have been published in Scientific American, Spektrum der Wissenschaft, New Scientist, Quanta Magazine, Nautilus and Aeon, among others. She has also written a popular science book on the fundamentals of physics to be published in spring 2018.


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2015 - today Research Fellow

Further organisations

2009 - 2015 Assistant Professor at Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden

2006 - 2009 Postdoc at Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

2005 - 2006 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara


  • Member of DPG
  • Member of the American Physical Society
  • Member of the Foundational Questions Institute