GFZ German research centre for geo sciences

Priv. Doz. Dr. Sebastian Hainzl

Priv. Doz. Dr. Sebastian Hainzl
Building H 7, Room 302 (Büro)
Helmholtzstraße 6/7
14467 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

Senior Scientist at GFZ
Lecturer ("Privat-Dozent") at University of Potsdam

Research Interests:

Earthquake rupture processes and interactions, seismic hazard assessment, and statistical evaluation


since 2011 "Privat-Dozent" at Uni Potsdam since 2007 Researcher at GFZ (Potsdam)
2004-2007  Hochschulassistent with Prof. F. Scherbaum (Geophysics, Univ. Potsdam)
2001-2004  Post-doctoral research associate (Univ. Potsdam, DFG SCH280/13)
1999-2001  Post-doctoral research associate (Univ. Potsdam, SFB 555)

Teaching Experience:
  • Fracture dynamics
  • Mathematical Problems in Geophysics
  • Complex Systems in Geophysics and Geology
  • Seismology II: Seismic Hazard
  • Advanced Methods in Signal Processing

Conference Organization (EGU, ESC, ESF, AGU, and Statistical Seismology)

Editorial Experience:
  • Guest editor of 2 special issues in Tectonophysics
  • Reviewer of several scientific journals and national/international science foundations


2011         Habilitation in Geophysics (University of Potsdam)
1995-1999 Dr. rer. nat. in Nonlinear Dynamics (Univ. Potsdam, summa cum laude)
1988-1995 Diploma Physics (University of Bonn, summa cum laude)
1988-1990 Vordiplom Physics (University of Kassel)


  • Graduate school “Explorative Simulation in Earth Sciences (GEOSIM)”
  • EU-project NERA-NA4 “Networking European Rapid Response Networks”
  • EU-project REAKT-WP3 "Towards Operational Earthquake Forecasting"
  • Partner of the INGV-project “ByMur – multi-risk with Bayesian approach”


2016  GFZ-Price for Senior Scientists
2014  Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing of the American Geopysical Union
2011  Outstanding GJI Reviewer
2007  Outstanding GJI Reviewer
2005  Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing of the American Geopysical Union
2005  AGU Journal Highlight: Zöller, Hainzl, Holschneider & Ben-Zion, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L03308, doi 10.1029/2004GL021871 (2005)
2001  Award of the Universitätsgesellschaft for the best Ph.D. 1999/2000 at the University of Potsdam

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