Marcus Noack got his degree in geophysics from the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. Working as researcher 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 geophysics to High Performance Computing to create efficient methods to model wave propagation and optimize highly non-linear functions. He is now hired as a Postdoc scholar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The current work focuses on building data-driven surrogate models and computational Quantum Electrodynamics.


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”

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


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