Marcus Noack got his masters degree in geophysics from the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. Working as PhD candidate at Simula Research Laboratory in Oslo, he was able to pursue his interests in the theory of wave propagation and inversion. There, he has been connecting his knowledge in theoretical and numerical physics and applied mathematics to High Performance Computing to create efficient methods to model wave propagation and optimize highly non-linear functions. He graduated with a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Oslo. He is now hired as a Postdoc scholar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The current work focuses on building data-driven surrogate models for autonomous experimentation.


Geophysics Diploma, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena
Institute of Geosciences
Subject of Diploma Thesis:
”Development of a 1-D travel time tomography tool and its application to data from the Thuringian Basin”

Applied Mathematics, PhD, University of Oslo
”New Theoretical and Numerical Methods for Wave-Motion Modeling and Optimization”

Applied Mathematics, Post Doc, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab: Autonomous Experimentation


10/2008 – 05/2011 Research assistant
Max Planck Institute Biogeochemistry

04/2011 – 07/2012 Instructor in Seismology and Potential Theory
Institute of Geosciences in Jena

07/2012 – 08/2012 Research internship
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research:
Development of software applications for statistics in CPT measurements

04/2011 – 12/2011 Research internship
Development of software applications for seismic data processing

06/2013 – 08/2013 Research internship
Simula Research Laboratory:
Adjustments of a wave equation solver for non-reflective boundary conditions

09/2014 – 05/2014 Research traineeship
Simula Research Laboratory:
Ray based methods to model wave fields

10/2015 – 12/2015 Research Stay
UC San Diego:
Accelerating a finite difference wave modeling tool

06/2014 – 06/2017 PhD student
Simula Research Laboratory:
Parallel solver for eikonal and transport equations, Parallel solver for wave equation, Optimization procedures

08/2017 – present PostDoc Scholar                                                                                                              Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory




Linux, Bash, Fortran95, C++, Octave, Latex, vi/vim,
Paraview, Seisunix, Inkscape,
Python, C, C++, Matlab, FEniCS, HPC, OpenMP, CUDA, Word,
Excel, PowerPoint, Gimp, Corel Draw


Numerical methods, optimization procedures, inversion, machine learning, probability theory, hpc


German: mother tongue
English: fluent
Norwegian: beginner