Skills, Tools and Experience

Software and Programming

  • For most of my data analysis I use Python and a multitude of packages, including Astropy, Pandas, Keras with Tensorflow, Numpy, Scipy, and Scikit-Learn
  • For interactive, exploration analysis I use Jupyter notebooks and for automation of tasks I use scripts.
  • To demonstrate th access of Virtual Observatory services and archives with Python, I have created a set of Jupyter notebooks with my colleague Ada Nebot.
Astronomical Data Reduction Software
  • very experienced: Miriad
  • experienced: IRAF and CASA
Virtual Observatory-aware Software
  • very experienced: Aladin, Topcat, DS9


German (native), English (C2), French (B1), Spanish (A1)

Telescope Proposals and Observing Experience

SKA precursors and pathfinders

  • Lead of the HI specific angular momentum project in the MALS survey on MeerKAT
  • Member of the MIGHTEE-HI science team
  • Member of the WALLABY science team

ALMA ACA array, Chajnantor (CHL)

  • PI of a project to map CO in HI-rich galaxies (observed, analysis ongoing )

Australian Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), Narrabri, (AUS)

  • Co-Investigator of multiple projects mapping the HI content of local galaxies:
    • A large observing program to map the atomic hydrogen in HI-rich galaxies. (PI: V. Kilborn) The data are the foundation of my PhD thesis and are published in Lutz et al. (2018). Data cubes can be found in VizieR.
    • A project with the ATCA to map the atomic hydrogen in gas poor galaxies. (PI: V. Kilborn). Results are published in Murugeshan et al. (2019).
    • The Lord of the Rings: a large project with the ATCA to map the atomic hydrogen in gas poor galaxies. (PI: C. Murugeshan)
  • Observing with the ATCA for more than 300h
  • Supporting continuum and spectral line observations at wavelengths of 16cm, 4cm, 15mm, 7mm and 4mm as the Duty Astronomer

IRAM 30m single dish, Pico Veleda, (ESP)

  • 30h to observe the mm continuum emission of NGC4214 with the NIKA2 camera, observations are queued (PI: K. Lutz)
  • 60h of observations of the CO(1-0) and CO(2-1) mission line spectra in local galaxies for the xGASS / xCOLDGASS project (see Saintonge et al. (2017))

VLA, New Mexico (USA)

  • PI of a project to map the HI and L-band continuum in the NGC1052 group, observations are ongoing

WiFeS IFU, 2.3m ANU telescope, Siding Spring Observatory, (AUS)

  • PI of a project mapping the gas-phase metallicity of local galaxies (18 nights granted), results are published in Lutz et al. (2020)

Dark Energy Camera (DECam), CTIO Victor-Blanco 4m Telescope, Cerro Tololo, (CHL)

  • PI of a project for deep imaging of local galaxies and their environment (2 Nights granted)

EFOSC2 spectrograph, ESO New Technology Telescope (NTT), La Silla, (CHL)

  • 5 nights of observations of optical longslit spectra of local galaxies for the xGASS / xCOLDGASS projects (Lutz et al. submitted)