• 03/2023 – PhD in Material Science (Scienze e tecnologia dei materiali), Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, University of Genoa, Italy. 
  • 04/2017 Habilitation in archaeology in Italy (Abilitazione Scientifico Nazionale per II Fascia, settore concorsuale 10/A1, archeologia; Bando D. D. 1532/2016)
  • 06/2007 Dr. phil. in Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology, University of Vienna, Austria; passed with honours. Thesis: ‘Manufacture and Use of Austrian Bronze Age Swords – a Study of Bronze Age Weaponry and Social Structure’.
  • 11/2002 Mag. phil. in Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology, University of Vienna, Austria; passed with honours. Thesis: ‘Metallographic Analyses of an early medieval Trove of a Smith´s Findings of Buschberg, Lower Austria’.

Positions (Bordeaux, Genoa, Klagenfurt, Vienna, and others)

  • 12/2022 – 08/2026 University of Genoa, Italy: Postdoctoral research associate and PI of the project ‘Cu-As-(Sb, Ni) systems: Determination of phase diagrams, Marie Skłodowska-Curie IEF Fellowship
  • 01/2023 – 12/2024 University of Innsbruck, Austria: Head of the research project ‚Electrochemical Age Determination of archaeological bronzes, funded by the Austrian FWF (P 34960-G). 
  • 2022 – 12/2024 University of Salzburg, Austria: Head of the research project Gates to Paradise: Creating metal doors for 11th-12th century churches, funded by the Austrian FWF (P 34477-G).
  • 11/2017 – 10/2020 Universities of Innsbruck and Krems, Austria: Postdoctoral research fellow (part-time), responsible for metal analyses for the FWF project no. P-30289 (head of the project ‘Life and Work at the Bronze Age Mine of Prigglitz’: Dr. P. Trebsche).
  • 09/2017 – 10/2017 TOPOI-Exzellenzcluster, DAI, Berlin: Postdoctoral research associate (full-time), Research group D-6, Atlas of Innovation
  • 07/2015 – 07/2017, Université Bordeaux Montaigne: Postdoctoral research associate (full-time) and PI of the project ‘Chemical and metallurgical aspects of arsenical bronze: the case of arsenic-loss in prehistoric metal production, Marie Skłodowska-Curie IEF Fellowship
  • 09/2014 – 06/2015, University of Genoa, Italy: Associate (part-time): metallographic analyses of bronze objects.
  • 07/2011 – 06/2014, University of Vienna, Austria and University of Genoa, Italy: PI and Postdoctoral research associate (full-time): EU-funded Framework 7 Marie-Curie Action project, co-financed by the Austrian FWFDevelopment, technology and usage of Bronze Age armour
  • 10/2008 – 03/2011, Landesmuseum Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria: Employee (full-time; break for a 4 month ‘MOEL-Plus’ fellowship in 2010, funded by the ÖFG, Austria): Studies on local Bronze and Iron Age finds.
  • 10/2007 – 06/2008, BMWFW and ÖFG, Vienna, Austria: Fellow (full time); BMWFW Austria (Forschungsstipendium Archäologie) and ÖFG, Austria (MOEL-Plus) on ‘Manufacture and Usage of Bronze Age arms and tools in the Baltic States
  • 01/2005 – 12/2006, Department of Prehistory and Historical Archaeology, University of Vienna, Austria: Fellow (full-time): Metallographic analyses of selected Bronze Age swords
  • 2005 and 2007, Department of Prehistory and Historical Archaeology, University of Vienna, Austria: Teaching and student advisor (part-time)
  • 01/1999 – 05/2004, Vienna Institute of Archaeological Sciences, University of Vienna, Austria: Employee (part-time): metallographic analyses of bronze objects.
  • 01/1999 – 11/2003, Stadtarchäologie Wien, University of Vienna, Austria: Employee (part-time): fieldwork and artefact studies (Austria, Slovenia).

Research projects, Fellowships and Grants

During my PhD-study I started to organise, lead and carry out my own research projects funded by Austrian research institutions and the European Union. The projects included cooperation with museums, universities and research institutions in Europe and Russia. For all projects named, I was the project leader/PI. I thus have an extensive experience as a team leader in both archaeological and multidisciplinary projects. The total amount of funding I raised so far is over € 1.530,000. Projects were funded by Austrian research institutions and the European Union. I am the first Austrian archaeologist who received a ‘Schrödinger fellowship’, and achieved the highest number of FP7-funded CHARISMA projects – and the modest number of three Marie Skłodowska-Curie IEF-Fellowships.

Prizes and Awards

MA- and PhD-studies received the Academic Excellence award from the Vienna University three times (2000, 2003, and 2007). Also, the PhD achieved another award from the Schaumayer-foundation, Austria. I achieved further prizes and awards for my projects, including the Theodor-Körner-Prize (Arbeiterkammer Österreich) for the project on Baltic bronzes 2008/2009. The total amount of awards and prizes gained is € 8,600. I was elected among the 35 most excellent Austrian Scientists under 35 years (alphabetical list: Austrian Science Fund FWF, together with the Austrian Newspaper Der Standard, issue ‚Forschung spezial‘, May 2013).

Teaching and Supervision Activities

  • 2021 – Seminars in Bronze Age archaeology and archaeometallurgy; University of Pavia, Italy
  • 2015 Seminar in archaeometallurgy; University of Bordeaux Montaigne, France
  • 2011 – 2015 Lectures, seminars in archaeometallurgy; University of Genoa, Italy
  • 2011 – 2015 Supervision of three MA-theses in Italian in: Methodologies for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage; University of Genoa, Italy
  • 2012 Guest lecturer at the Universities of Graz, Austria, and Dijon, France
  • 2010 Guest lecturer at the University of Turin, Italy
  • 2007 Tutor – Bronze Age warfare; University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2005 Tutor and graduate student advisor; University of Vienna, Austria

Organisation of Scientific Meetings (selected)

Invited Presentations (selected)

  • 11/ 2022 University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 05/ 2022 University of Göttingen, Germany
  • 01/ 2021 University of Frankfurt, Germany
  • 03/ 2021 University of Salerno, Italy
  • 03/ 2019 Norwegian Institute in Rome, Italy
  • 07/ 2018 Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
  • 11/ 2017 Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 10/ 2017 National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 10/ 2017 Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI), Berlin, Germany
  • 05/ 2017 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA
  • 02/ 2016 University of Cork, Ireland
  • 01/ 2016 Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte, Halle, Germany
  • 10/ 2015 International conference on fakes and forgeries of cultural heritage, University Turin, Italy
  • 04/ 2015 Glass and Metal Recycling in Archaeology and Archaeometry, University of Leicester, UK
  • 12/ 2014 Plenarsitzung des Clusters 2 (Innovationen: technisch, sozial), DAI, Berlin, Germany
  • 10/ 2014 (together with B. Molloy), The Historical Metallurgy Society, Salisbury, UK
  • 06/ 2014 International workshop, RGK Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 06/ 2013 University of Padua, Institute of Archaeology, Italy
  • 05/ 2013 Ciclo de Conferências de Mação. Instituto Terra e Memória, Mação, Portugal
  • 04/ 2013 Budapest Neutron Centre, Budapest, Hungary

Evidence of esteem

2016 – Head of the Community on the Illicit Trade of Cultural Material of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA)

Reviewing activities (journals)

  • reviews (journals):
    • archaeology: Prähistorische Zeitschrift; Archaeologia Austriaca; Journal of Open Archaeology; Antenor Quaderni; Heritage Science, Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, Fennoscandia; IANSA; Pharos;
    • archaeometry: Journal of Archaeological and Anthropological Science; Journal of Archaeological Science; Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports; Archaeometry; Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome;
    • material science: Scientific Reports: Nature; Metals; Surface and Interface Analysis, Journal of Material Characterization; Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A; X-Ray Spectrometry; JOM; Minerals; Surface and Interface Analyses.
  • editor of the following journals: Authenticity Studies. International Journal of Archaeology and Art; IANSA – Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica: Natural Sciences in Archaeology
  • reviews (research programmes): Programma per Giovani Ricercatori „Rita Levi Montalcini” (Italy); National Science Center (Poland); Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships (European Union). 

Member of scientific committees (conferences; selected)


  • Gesellschaft für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie ARCHAEOMETRIE e.V. (GNAA)
  • International Union of the Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (UISPP)
  • Society for Archaeological Science (SAS)
  • Groupe des Méthodes Pluridisciplinaires Contribuant à l’Archéologie (GMPCA)
  • Society for Aegean Prehistory (Aegeus)
  • Netzwerk archäologisch arbeitender Frauen e. V. (FemArc)
  • Österreichische Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte (ÖGUF)

Field work experience

Extensive field work experience was obtained through work on various research projects in a time frame ranging from Palaeolithic cave excavations to recent cemeteries in Austria, Slovenia and France since 1999. As a result, I am competent in all aspects of running field projects and proficient in practicalities and day-to-day management of field seasons.

  • Tintignac, France: La-Tène sanctuary
  • Potočka Zijalka, Slovenia: Palaeolithic cave bears
  • Vienna, Austria:
    • Late Bronze Age cemetery, 23rd district
    • Early Iron Age settlement, 23rd district
    • Roman cemeteries, Albertina (1st district), and Ungargasse, (3rd district)
    • Medieval mass grave (epidemic), Schottenstift, 1st district
    • Medieval settlement, Robert-Stolz-Platz, 1st district
    • 18-19th century A.D. cemeteries (Schubertpark, Märzpark, Währinger Park)
  • Ternitz-Dunkelstein, Lower Austria: Medieval settlement
  • Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria: Medieval town hall