Rainer Weinberger

I am a theoretical astrophysicist interested in the formation and evolution of structure in the Universe, in particular galaxies and clusters of galaxies. My main research focus are the effects of supermassive black holes on galaxy formation, and the co-evolution of both though cosmic time.

My work is largely based on numerical simulations. I am interested in improving modeling techniques and applying them to large scale simulations on supercomputers, as well as in connecting these simulations to both, analytical models and observations at all wavelengths.

Currently, I am an CITA postdoctoral fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto.

I studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich (bachelor in physics, 2012) with a one year stay at Aarhus University, Denmark (2011/12). Then, I moved to Heidelberg where I studied physics with specialization in astrophysics (master, 2014). For my master thesis, I worked for one year at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg (2013/14). In January 2018, I completed my Ph.D. at Heidelberg University on “Supermassive Black Holes and their Feedback Effects in Galaxy Formation”, which I had been working on at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies since 2014, supervised by Volker Springel. From 2018 to 2021, I worked as an ITC postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian before joining my current position at the University of Toronto.