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Dr. Rainer Schödel

Leader of the Galactic Centre Group at the IAA-CSIC.

Research Interests

Galactic centre, Sagittarius A*, massive black holes, star formation, nuclear star clusters, nuclear stellar discs, infrared astronomy, high angular resolution imaging, massive stars


Refereed publications on NASA/ADS
Non-refereed publications on NASA/ADS


2000 Diploma in Geophysics Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany
2004 Ph.D in Astronomy Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

PhD Advisor: Reinhard Genzel, Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching bei München, Germany.   

My thesis on High Angular Resolution Observations of the Galactic Center reported on the first orbits of stars around the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, Sagittarius A*, and is intimately connected to experimental part of the the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded to Andrea Ghez and Reinhard Genzel.

Professional Experience

2004-2007 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Cologne, Germany
2008-2014 Ramón y Cajal Fellow    IAA-CSIC, Granada, Spain
2014-2017 Researcher IAA-CSIC, Granada, Spain
2017-2021 Tenured as Científico Titular IAA-CSIC, Granada, Spain
Since 2021 Promoted to Investigador Científico IAA-CSIC, Granada, Spain

Institutional Roles

Since Dec 2019 Co-coordinator for thematic area 9 (Understanding the basic components of the Universe, its structure and evolution) of the Spanish Research Council’s (CSIC) White Book strategic initiative. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Since Jan 2019 Training Coordinator IAA-CSIC Severo Ochoa Excellence Program
Since Feb 2021 Coordinator of  Pillar 2 IAA-CSIC Severo Ochoa Excellence Program

I serve as a member of the Steering and Scientific Committees of the IAA-CSIC's Severo Ochoa Excellence Programme.

Honors and Awards

2005 Otto-Hahn Medal (Max-Planck-Society)
2012 Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine Visiting Scholar at UCLA with Prof. A. Ghez
2013 ERC Consolidator Grant
2015-2017 PI of ESO Large Programme 195.B-0283