markus friedl - curriculum vitae


I was born on 18 July 1973 in Vienna, Austria, and still live there. I am a widower and have one son, Konrad, who was born on 28 July 2013.

My personal interests and skills are of course electronics, especially analog measurement and data acquisition systems, as well as computers and networking. My hobbies are art history (especially architecture and painting), classic music, rock music of the 60s and 70s as well as pop of the 80s and electronic music, badminton, skiing and bicycle riding.

As it is obvious from the signature on these pages, cats are my favorite animals. I've a cat at home (photos).

My mother tongue is German, but I am also fluent in English. In terms of software, I am familiar with Pascal and C programming languages as well as Windows and Linux systems.


After kindergarten, I attended primary school from 1979 until 1983, followed by BRG 12 Rosasgasse (grammar school) from where I graduated in 1991 with distinction.

Documents: Final Annual Report, Graduation Report

In June 1991, I won the 3rd prize at the Austrian Physics Olympiad which was rewarded by participation in a 14-days scientific congress in London called LIYSF.

Document: Certificate

Starting in 1991, I studied Electrical Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology. In January 1999, I took my diploma exam (MEng) with distinction. My Diploma Thesis was about the development of diamond detectors for ionizing radiation, which was the topic I was working on at that time (see next section).

Document: Diploma Certificate

In the summer terms of 1993 to 1995, i was a employed by the University as a tutor for an introductory programming course ("Einführung in das Programmieren für Anwender") which i took myself as a student in 1992, teaching students how to program in Turbo Pascal.

In 1995, I was the chairman of the Viennese Local Committee of EESTEC, which is an international organisation of Electrical Engineering students. We organized student exchanges with Cracow, Budapest, Aachen, Stockholm and Helsinki.

As I enjoy academic work, I decided to head for the doctoral degree, which was completed in May 2001. My dissertation was focussed on the Silicon Strip Tracker of the CMS experiment at CERN (CH). I finished my PhD study with distinction.

Document: Dissertation Certificate

Although there never was much doubt, I finally decided to pursue an academic career which not only includes research, but also teaching. Thus my next career target is to become Dozent (assistant professor).

Academic Work

Since 1995, I've been working with the Institute of High Energy Physics (HEPHY) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Initially, I had a part-time job with the Department of Semiconducting Detectors, but soon became a member of the Electronics II Group, which I am leading since January 2007. I have a permanent (staff) position at HEPHY.

In 1995, my work with HEPHY began with maintenance on gas detectors of the DELPHI experiment at CERN (CH), before I switched over to diamond detector research as a member of the CERN RD42 collaboration, which was also the topic of my Diploma Thesis. Already in 1998, I commenced my work on the CMS Silicon Strip Tracker, which later became the subject of my PhD thesis.

In early 1999, i was employed at MIT and BNL (USA) for three months, where I took part in the construction and installation of the Silicon Spectrometer of the PHOBOS experiment, which was commissioned in 1999 and operated until 2005.

Document: Letter of Recommendation

In the early 2000s, my work was focused on CMS and its Analog Optohybrids in particular, where I was responsible for the design, production and testing of almost 14,000 devices. In parallel, there were some side projects such as the TRHX temperature and monitoring system or the Cooling Box, of which we built eleven systems (including computer controlled power supply and TRHX measurement) that were used by collaborating institutes.

In 2000, HEPHY joined the Belle experiment at KEK in Japan. The Electronics II group contributed to the readout electronics of the present Silicon Vertex Detector (SVD2) which was installed in 2003 and has been running successfully since then. A previously considered intermediate upgrade of the SVD was eventually dropped in favor of the current Belle experiment running until (at least) 2009, followed by a full upgrade with a significantly enlarged SVD.

In 2002, I started R&D for the future upgrade of the Belle Silicon Vertex Detector. Since then, we designed and constructed several prototype silicon detector modules as well as readout systems for both test purposes and the future Belle SVD system. Development is ongoing in the fields of detectors, for which I devised the Origami chip-on-sensor concept, as well as readout and control electronics at full scale.

In October 2008, HEPHY organized the exhibition LHC2008 related to the inauguration of the world's largest machine searching for the smallest particles of the universe (subtitle). I developed several animated objects for display which I built together with my colleagues of the Electronics II group and the Machine Shop at HEPHY. One of them is a 3D model of the LHC with more than 600 LEDs demonstrating the acceleration of protons through various stages until they finally collide in the experiments (photo).

Since 2006, I am the head of the Electronics group at HEPHY. Initially, there were two distinctive groups (of which I led one), which merged in 2010 under my supervision. Moreover, I am also leading the machine shop of the institute - 15 persons altogether (excluding myself). Apart from academic work, I am also the fire safety engineer (Brandschutzbeauftragter) at HEPHY.

From late 2009 until mid-2013 (paternity leave), I was the co-covener of the Belle II Silicon Vertex Detector (SVD) group togehter with Toru Tsuboyama (KEK, Japan), thus responsible for this sub-detector of the future Belle II experiment. Since 2014, I am the leader of the SVD electronics group and deputy leader of the SVD mechanics group. In 2011, I officially started as a lecturer assigned to the Vienna University of Technology, teaching lab courses to students of physics at HEPHY. (In fact, I did this already before the official assignment.)

In 2011, HEPHY organized three conferences, and I was responsible for the biggest one, TWEPP 2011, with 237 participants from all over the world (more than ever before in this conference series). Driven by this success, I chaired two more meetings in Vienna in early 2012, the Belle II SVD-PXD meeting, followed by the Belle II & SuperB Background meeting. Moreover, I participated in the organization of the VCI 2013 in February 2013, which was held (for the first time) at the same venue as the previous TWEPP 2011. I will also be in the local organizing team for the 2016 issue of the VCI.

Apart from administrative duties, my present work is clearly focussed on the Silicon Vertex Detector of Belle II; the second task is building exhibits for outreach purposes and moreover, my group is also active in the Pixel readout electronics upgrade for the CMS experiment.

Other Work

Between 1989 and 1995, I had several summer jobs with Siemens, IBM, Honeywell and Shell companies. The majority of these jobs dealt with computer programming.

Documents: Siemens 1989, IBM 1990, IBM 1991, Honeywell 1991, Shell 1992, Shell 1993, Shell 1994, Siemens 1995

Between 1997 and 1999, I designed three Web sites for small companies: a phone card producer, a wine merchant (together with G. Zucker) and a consulting company (together with M. Liebhart).


The list below contains only publications of which I am the main author (or at least wrote substantial parts of the article). Other papers that bear my name in a long author list are not shown here, but can be found through special search engines which are linked at the bottom of this list.




















Apart from the list above, i am co-author of numerous RD42, CMS, Phobos and Belle collaboration papers which can be found using dedicated search engines:


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