Why did you want to become a researcher?
Actually, I want to be a Professor and research is part of it. The main reason why I chose this
career path is teaching: preparing and giving lectures, supervising students, and kindle their
interest and enthusiasm for my topics. What I found interesting as well is the freedom in terms
of topics. Part of being a researcher is solving problems that are yet unknown, which means you
do not necessarily know what will be the next step. You need to reflect, invent, come up with
creative ideas, implement and test your ideas. Sometimes the idea will work, sometimes it won’t.
This freedom to invent my own path (instead of doing what somebody wants you to do), was another
important reason for me to become a researcher.
What do you love about your job/your career path?
A lot of things!
What are you working on right now?
My research is in the area of IT Security and I love the opportunity to contribute to making our
interconnected world more secure my means of our research. I like working on specific problems
and suggesting solutions. I also love a researcher’s freedom. I can chose my research areas,
projects or even people I want to work with independently. I can organize my work day according
to my preferences and I like being able to share my skills and research results with others, not
just by giving lectures or supervising students, but also giving talks at international
conferences. These conferences are a great means to build strong international networks and
connections. What I also like about conferences, is the opportunity to expand my knowledge in
In my research, I am developing new methods to detect malware and vulnerable programs
automatically and accurately. Additionally, I am investigating how much we can rely on existing
Is it still unusual to work in IT-Security research as a woman?
Even if there are more male than female IT-Security researchers, this did not influence my
decision to work in this area and it has nothing to do with my work. There are also trainings or
workshops (Blackhoodie, e.g.) which try and encourage more women to work in this area. Saarland
University offers programs such as MentoMINT or the excellence program for female junior
scientists. I also enjoy answering questions or sharing my experience!