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Nina Hernitschek

Postdoc, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Data Science Institute, Vanderbilt University

Research Focus
About Nina

Nina Hernitschek got her PhD from the International Max-Planck Research School (Heidelberg University) with her thesis on “Astrophysical Modeling of Time Domain Surveys” (thesis advisor: Hans-Walter Rix).
After her first postdoc position at Caltech, since fall 2019, she is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Data Science Institute and the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-intensive Astrophysics.

With expertise in machine learning, software development/engineering, computational optimization, signal detection, she is enthusiastic about developing efficient algorithms for large time-domain surveys to understand the history of our galaxy.

In spring 2023, Nina will join Universidad de Antofagasta as a new faculty member, contributing especially to the new graduate program in astroinformatics.

When not doing science, she enjoys hiking, crafts, reading Sci-Fi, tending a small garden and cooking.

As a first-generation student, she values mentoring a lot and contributes actively.


2022 - Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Mentor of the Year Award 2022, Honorable Mention Award

2021 - 2021 Cottrell Fellowship Award from Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA)

2019 - DSI/VIDA Postdoctoral Fellow at Data Science Institute (DSI) and the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-intensive Astrophysics (VIDA)


Vanderbilt University, 09/2019

Caltech, 02/2017 - 09/2019


Astronomy, Heidelberg University, 01/2017


Physics, Heidelberg University, 08/2013


Physics, Heidelberg University, 06/2010

Interested in
  • Mentorship
  • Professional Service (e.g. review panels)
  • Science Outreach
  • DEI/STEM Community Engagement
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