Dr Fabian Schneider

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


B.Sc. in Physics (2009), M.Sc. in Astrophysics (2011), PhD in Astrophysics (2015; summa cum laude; Bonn)

Academic Background

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Christ Church, Oxford, since 2015
Hintze Research Fellow, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, since 2015
PhD award for the best PhD thesis in Physics and Astronomy by the Foundation for Physics and Astronomy in Bonn, 2015
Research Assistant, Argelander Institute for Astronomy, University of Bonn, Germany, 2011–2014
Stipendiary Fellowship of the Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy, 2009-2014
Stipendiary Fellowship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), 2007-2011

Undergraduate Teaching

Mathematical Methods and Electromagnetism for 2nd year physics students; Theoretical Astrophysics within Oxford Master Course in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics.

Research Interests

I am a Hintze Research Fellow in the Oxford Centre for Astrophysical Surveys within the Department of Physics of the University of Oxford and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Christ Church. Broadly speaking, my main research interests lie in the evolution and final fates of massive single and binary stars. I am currently investigating the role of interacting binary stars in the cosmos, supernovae and transients of all kinds, and magnetic fields in massive stars. My work is of theoretical nature and I am making heavy use of 1D hydrodynamical stellar evolution simulations, population synthesis computations and advanced Bayesian statistical techniques.

Publications include:

Schneider, F.R.N., Sana, H., Evans, C. et al., An excess of massive stars in the local 30 Doradus starburst, Science, 359, 6371, 2018
Schneider, F. R. N., Podsiadlowski, P., Langer, N., Castro, N. and Fossati, L., Rejuvenation of stellar mergers and the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars, MNRAS, 457, 2355, 2016
Schneider, F. R. N., Langer, N., de Koter, A., Brott, I., Izzard, R. G. and Lau, H. H. B., Bonnsai: a Bayesian tool for comparing stars with stellar evolution models, A&A, 570, A66, 2014
Schneider, F. R. N., Izzard, R. G., de Mink, S. E., Langer, N., Stolte, A., de Koter, A., Gvaramadze, V. V., Hußmann, B., Liermann, A. and Sana, H., Ages of Young Star Clusters, Massive Blue Stragglers, and the Upper Mass Limit of Stars: Analyzing Age-dependent Stellar Mass Functions, ApJ, 780, 2, 2014
Sana, H., de Mink, S. E., de Koter, A., Langer, N., Evans, C. J., Gieles, M., Gosset, E., Izzard, R. G., Le Bouquin, J.-B. and Schneider, F. R. N., Binary Interaction Dominates the Evolution of Massive Stars, Science, 337, 6093, 2012