Curriculum Vitae

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3-4 Ma ago - as I was an Australopithecus

Name: Silke Merchel
Born: 07/26/67
in: Bochum / Germany
Citizenship: German
Private phone: mobile:+49-179-4936942
  Research activities

since 05/21
Development of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) and its applications at Isotope Physics, University of Vienna,

09/08 - 05/21
Development of AMS at Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology and Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

since 09/05
Advancement of terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide (TCN) techniques in Europe into a robust tool for Earth surface and environmental sciences (as a member of CRONUS-EU-Network) at CNRS institute CEREGE, Aix en Provence (F)

since 11/00
Analytical chemistry by using ionising radiation and development of radiochemical separation techniques at the Division "Nuclear Analysis"  at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin 

since 03/99
Organisation of the first international 26Al interlaboratory comparison, followed by 36Cl and 10Be 

since 05/98
Isolation and investigation of interstellar grains at/with the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz

since 10/95
Measurement of long-lived radionuclides (e.g. 10Be, 26Al, 36Cl, 41Ca, 53Mn, 59Ni, 60Fe) by accelerator mass spectrometry at ETH Zurich / Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland), Department of Physics, TU Munich (Germany), VERA - Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator (Austria), ANU Canberra (Australia), CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence (France) and DREAMS, Dresden (Germany).

03/95 - 07/98
Ph.D. studies at the Department of Nuclear Chemistry (S.M. Qaim / U.Herpers) at the University of Cologne / Graduate scholarship for the research work "Origin and Evolution of the Solar System" supported by the DFG (German research foundation)
Topic: "Radiochemical determination of production rates of cosmogenic long-lived radionuclides in meteorites"

07/97 - 10/97
Exchange visit at PRIME Lab, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
(M.E. Lipschutz) <Several projects involving long-lived cosmogenic radionuclides>


11/17 & 01/20
Communication training

Course "Transport of radioactive materials", BAM & GUC - Gefahrgut- und Umweltconsulting

EARMA Training Course for Researchers - "How to Present your Research Activities to Business Executives, Public Officials and Politicians", Brussels (B)

EARMA Training Course for Researchers - "How to Write a Competitive Proposal for the Fifth Framework Programme", Brussels (B)

Ph.D. in chemistry, University of Cologne (Germany)

02/96 - 03/96
Course "Knowledge of Radiation Protection" at the Center for Radiation Protection and Radioecology, University Hannover (Germany)

05/94 - 02/95
Diploma-thesis at the
Department of Nuclear Chemistry, University of Cologne / Institute for Nuclear Chemistry (S.M. Qaim) at the KFA Jülich GmbH
Topic: "Radiochemical investigations on the (3He,7Be)-reaction of light target nuclei"

Diploma-examination in chemistry

11/93 - 12/93
Practical radiochemical course at the Institute for Nuclear Chemistry at the KFA Jülich GmbH

Matriculation for chemistry at the University of Cologne/Germany
subjects: inorganic, organic, physical and nuclear chemistry, physics

78 - 87
High school in Dortmund (Germany)

74 - 78
Primary school in
Dortmund (Germany)

  Professional experiences

since 05/21
University of Vienna, Faculty of Physics, Isotope Physics, Vienna, Austria 

09/19 - 05/21
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

01/19 - 09/19
Sabbatical @
Isotope Physics, VERA, U Vienna, Austria &
Department of Nuclear Physics, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia & Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Lucas Heights, Australia

01/12 - 12/18
Helmholtz-Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF), Dresden-Rossendorf

07/09 - 12/11
Division head "Ion Beam Analysis" at Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

09/08 - 06/09
Group leader Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) at Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

09/05 - 09/08
Marie Curie Fellow of CRONUS-EU-Network at CNRS institute CEREGE, Aix en Provence (France)

11/00 - 09/05
Post-doctoral fellow (BAM project "rising generation of scientists") at the Division "Nuclear Analysis"  at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin

10/01 - 04/02
Visiting lecturer for "Instrumental analytical techniques" (study course pharmaceutics and chemical technology) at the Technische Fachhochschule Berlin - University of Applied Sciences (Department of mathematics, physics, and chemistry)

05/98 - 10/00
Post-doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz

03/96 - 05/98
Commissioner for radiation protection at the Department of Nuclear Chemistry, University of Cologne

03/95 - 02/98
Guide to practical radiochemical courses at the Department of Nuclear Chemistry, University of Cologne

06/94 - 01/95
Science assistant at the Institute for Nuclearchemistry, KFA Jülich GmbH


Empowerment Award Q1-Q2 2024 of Females in Mass Spectrometry

HZDR Research Award 2016 (shared with G. Rugel)

Special award within the Berthold-Award 2005 of the German Society for Non-Destructive Testing (DGZfP) e.V. (shared with I. Reiche and M. Radtke)

Award of the presidential board of BAM for the series of lectures "Chemistry of Art" as contribution for the "Year of Chemistry" 2003 (in cooperation with Hahn-Meitner-Institute and Rathgen Research Laboratory, shared with O. Hahn and K. Pachaly)

  Membership & Committee

Elected councillor of the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) (since 2023)

Member of the Advisory Editorial Board "Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B" (since 2019)

Member of the Advisory Board "MethodsX" (since 2015)

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the "International Conference on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry" (since 2011)

Guest (2015-2017) and elected member (since 2018) of the Commitee "Erforschung kondensierter Materie mit nuklearen Sonden und Ionenstrahlen" (KFSI)

Meteoritical Society (since 1996)


Elected member of the “Wissenschaftlich-Technischer Rat“ of Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf HZDR (2018-2021)

Division Nuclear chemistry  (member of management board 01/03-04/17) and Working Committee "Analytik mit Radionukliden und Hochleistungsstrahlenquellen"  (head of management board 05/09-12/16) of the GDCh

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