Jens studied Physics at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität Greifswald (Germany) and at the University of Sussex (Brighton, UK) from 1996 to 2003. He got his Diploma on the "theory of carbon nanocontacts" with Dr. Alexander Quandt. For his PhD he went to the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart and worked in the group of Prof. Ole K. Andersen. There, he primarily worked on bulk and nano structures of elemental boron, conventional superconductivity, and methods of electronic structure calculations (especially density functional theory). In October 2008, after defending his PhD thesis, he joined our chair as assistant.