Curriculum vitae


E-Mail: christian [dot] leitold [at]


2011–2016: Ph.D. in computational physics, University of Vienna, Austria. Advisor: Prof. Christoph Dellago. Thesis defense December 2016 with distinction. Promotio sub auspiciis Praesidentis rei publicae March 2017.

2006–2011: Magister's degree in physics, University of Vienna, Austria. Diploma exam August 2011 with distinction (equivalent to Bachelor's + Master's).

1997–2005: Secondary school: BG/BRG Knittelfeld, Austria. Matura (graduation) June 2005 with distinction.

Work experience and grants

since 2020: Software engineer, Verbund AG, Vienna.

2020 (6 mos): Postdoctoral scholar, University of Vienna, Dellago Group.

2017–2020: Postdoctoral scholar, University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Peters Group.

2016–2017: Technical advisor for software development, Verbund Solutions GmbH, Vienna.

2011–2016: Project assistant, SFB ViCoM, Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

2011–2015: Scientific assistant, IK Computational Science, University of Vienna.

2009, 2010: Scientific employee, Stefan Meyer Institute for Subatomic Physics, Vienna, task: programming for experimental particle physics applications.


2020: Exercise instructor, Advanced Computational Physics, University of Vienna.

2010–2011: Teaching assistant, Physics Labs for Biologists, University of Vienna

2010: Teaching assistant, Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Physics I + II, University of Vienna

Selected conferences

2019: AIChE Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (oral presentations).

2019: Summer school, Rare Events: Applications, Computation, and Theory, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IN.

2019: Midwest Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Meeting, Urbana-Champaign, IL (oral presentation).

2019: Berkeley Statistical Mechanics Meeting, UC Berkeley, CA (poster contribution).

2018: AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA (oral presentation).

2018: APS March Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (oral presentation).

2018: Berkeley Statistical Mechanics Meeting, UC Berkeley, CA (poster contribution).

2016: 66th Yearly Meeting of the Austrian Physical Society in Vienna (oral presentation).

2016: IOP Conference The Physics of Soft and Biological Matter in Cambridge, UK (poster contribution).

2016: MECO41, 41th Conference of the Middle European Cooperation in Statistical Physics in Vienna (poster contribution).

2015: CECAM Meeting From trajectories to reaction coordinates: making sense of molecular simulation data in Vienna (poster contribution).

2015: AHPC15, Austrian High Performance Computing Meeting in Obergurgl (oral presentation).

2014: Liquids 2014, 9th Liquid Matter Conference in Lisbon, PT (poster contribution and oral presentation).

2014: CECAM Workshop Molecular-level understanding of nucleation in Lausanne, CH.

2014: Central European Statistical Mechanics Mini-Meeting in Budapest, HU (oral presentation).

2014: IOP Conference The Physics of Soft and Biological Matter in Cambridge, UK (poster contribution).

2013: ViCoM Winter School Phase stability and phase transitions in soft and hard materials in St. Christoph am Arlberg, AT.

2012: IAS Winter School on Hierarchical Methods for Dynamics in Complex Molecular Systems in Jülich, DE (poster contribution).

2011: SimBioMa 2011 in Konstanz, DE (poster contribution).

2011: 8th Liquid Matter Conference in Vienna (poster contribution).

2004: MUNOL 2004 (Model United Nations of Lübeck) in Lübeck, DE.

2004: THIMUN 2004 (The Hague International Model United Nations) in The Hague, NL.

2003: THIMUN 2003 in The Hague, NL.


2017–2018: Scholarship of Excellence, Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.

2013: Translation work, Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros, English to German (together with Dagmar Tanda).

2007: Student internship, Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics and Quantum Information, University of Vienna.

2005–2006: Compulsory civilian service, Austrian Red Cross, Knittelfeld, Emergency Medical Technician.

2005: Fachbereichsarbeitspreis der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Astronomie und Astrophysik (award from the Austrian Society for Astronomy and Astrophysics for my written work about space probes as part of my Matura in physics).