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Name: Boris Niels Häußler (english spelling: Haeussler )

Date of birth: Dec 6th 1976

Place of birth: Durlach (near Karlsruhe, Germany. Also near Heidelberg, which more astronomers will know)

Nationality: German


A PDF version of my CV (including a 'recent' publication list) can be found here.


Professional Experience & Employment (for details see below): 

  • Since November 2015: Operational Staff Astronomer at ESO/Santiago with ⅔ duties on Paranal

  • April 2013 - Sept 2015: Astronomy Research Fellow at the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford. 

  • July ‘10 - March ‘13: 2nd PostDoc Position at the School of Astronomy at the Uni of Nottingham

  • July '07 - June '10: PostDoc Position at the School of Astronomy at the University of Nottingham

  • Feb - June 2007: PostDoc Position at MPIA

  • 2004: Teaching assistant at the astronomical lab course at the University of Heidelberg



In November 2015, I have joined ESO/Santiago as a Operational Staff Astronomer. I am working at  the VLT, mostly on UT2  (FLAMES, UVES, XSHOOTER (soon VISIR)) and UT1 (FORS2, KMOS). Amongst other duties, I serve as Instrument Scientist for FLAMES and KMOS.


Previously, I was an Astronomy Research Fellow at Oxford (but technically employed by the University of Hertfordshire through their consolidated grant), where I worked with Matt Jarvis on the VIDEO survey, for which I became the Survey Scientist. I was (and still am) responsible for the data reduction of the new data coming in and the data released to the team and to the public (via the ESO Archive).



Before that, I was in Nottingham and mainly worked with Steven Bamford on our project MegaMorph (inofficial website). We developed a pipeline for galaxy profile fitting that uses multiple images at different wavelengths simultaneously, while connecting galaxy properties over wavelength in a smooth and physical way, in order to improve the quality of these fits and extend the galaxy sample available for scientific analysis to fainter magnitudes (and therefore higher redshifts). There are already a few nice papers out there using these data,  using more accurate single-sérsic fits and we’re working on the analysis of our Bulge-Disk-decompositions. It turns out, colour information in data is really useful to separate the different galaxy components and derive e.g. more accurate Colour-Magnitude or Magnitude-Size-Relations for the individual galaxy components.


Further Collaborations

I am also a member of the CANDELS collaboration that traces galaxy evolution in IR bands, targeting galaxies from the highest redshifts known, down to more local redshifts, where datasets like GEMS, STAGES, COSMOS or, even more locally, SDSS and GAMA can be used to constrain galaxy parameter relations. MegaMorph analysis of these datasets will provide a consistent picture of the evolution of galaxy components over a large range of redshifts.


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