|1985 - 1990||Degree in physics from Minsk, Belarus|
|1990 - 1994||Dissertation in physics, Free University of Berlin, Germany|
|1995 - 2004||Postdoc in mathematics, Universities of Strasbourg, Berne and Basel|
|2003||Habilitation, University of Basel, Switzerland|
|2004 - 2009||SNSF Professorship, mathematics, University of Zurich|
|Since 2010||Full professor in mathematics, UZH|
What do you like about your job?
Research has always been something I've enjoyed. I moved from theoretical physics to mathematical physics to mathematics. I've got a great position here. The assistant professorships offered by the Swiss National Science Foundation are unparalleled – particularly for women with families. I can assemble my own research group and have fewer teaching obligations than I would in a regular professorship.
Did you experience any dry spells or disappointments in your career? How did you overcome these?
In maths research you’re always pushing yourself to the limit and that's never easy.
How do you maintain your work-life balance?
My husband and my two children make sure that I keep one foot firmly planted in reality.
Do you have any advice for young, ambitious female researchers?
You need creativity, hard work, curiosity, persistence and an ability to learn from your failures. You set out on an academic career path because you want to do and research something - not because you want to become a professor.
Institute of Mathematics
University of Zurich
Tel. +41 44 635 58 91
anna (at) math.uzh.ch