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Julia Bodensteiner

ESO Fellow

About Me

I am a research fellow at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching by Munich, Germany. I am working on the observations of massive stars in young stellar clusters, searching for binary interactions products using optical spectroscopy. I am also interested in classical Be stars, especially in the origin of their rapid rotation in the context of previous binary interactions.

In my free time, I like to be out in the nature. I enjoy hiking, but given the lack of mountains in Belgium, where I lived for four years, I developed a passion for road biking as well. Additionally, I like photography and I am making my own clothes (and face masks during Covid-times).


Bachelor of Science

2011 - 2015

Technical University of Munich

Including one year ERASMUS at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain

Master of Science

2015 - 2017

Technical University of Munich

MSc thesis: "Interaction between Massive Stars and the Interstellar Medium"


2017 - 2021

Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven

PhD thesis: "Detection and characterization of massive binary interaction products"