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Research Career

  • January 2016:  Staff Scientist cosmology group (with tenure), Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
  • October 2016 - April 2017: Acting group head, Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
  • since April 2017: Deputy head of group, Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
  • October 2010 - January 2016 (with parental leave): DFG "Eigene Stelle" Post doc, (AIP)
  • October 2008 - October 2010: Minerva Postdoctoral Research Fellow (funded by the Minerva foundation, AIP)
  • October 2007 - October 2008: Golda Meir Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Hebrew University
  • January 2003 - January  2008: Phd in PhysicsDurham University (with  Carlos S. Frenk  and  Shaun Cole )
  • September 2001 - July 2002: Masters in Mathematics University of Cambridge (Part III, Masters Thesis with Ofer Lahav)
  • September 1999 - July 2001: in Theoretical Physics, University College London (Thesis with Mitch Berger)
  • September 1997 - January 1999:  TV and Film Production, New York University (dropped out)

Press and Mass Media

• Scientific American, "Our place in the cosmos", popular article with R B Tully, July 2016

• RTL/Sat1 DCTP Kultur Magazin, TV interview by Alexander Kluge,  aired 03/2016

• NHK Cosmic Fronts, TV interview and scientific consultant, aired 01/2016

• Märckishe Allgemeine Zeitung Profile: “Weit gereist und viel rumgekommen”, Gerald Dietz, 06/01/2016

• Science Latest News: “The most likely spots for life in the Milky Way”, Ramin Skibba 10/12/2015

• Nature Research Highlight : “Planes of satellites and the cosmic web, Nature Physics, 11, 620

• RTL/Sat1 DCTP Kultur Magazin, TV interview by Alexander Kluge, to be aired 01/2016

• NHK Cosmic Fronts, TV interview and scientific consultant, aired 01/2016

• TRT World, TV interview on New Horizons mission to Pluto. 14/7/2015

• Where Magazin, My perfect day. Interview and portrait. 06/2015,

• Jüdische Algemeine, Galaxienähneln Menschen. Interview and portrait. 19/03/2015

• Scientific American, Dwarf Galaxies and the Dark Web, popular article. 18/02/2014,

• Nature documentary debating with Prof David Gross and Prof Robert Laughlin. 09/2012 Confronting the Cosmos

• Deutsche Welle, Tomorrow Today, studio guest 25/04/2011 studio-guest-dr-noam-libeskind-tomorrow-today tech

• Die Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung, Potsdams Kosmologen simulieren ganze Galaxien. story on our groups work. 27/06/2009. Galaxien-Aus-einer-Sonne.html

•; Galactic pancake mystery solved Article on my work, 07/04/2005

• BBC television; Interview on The Sky at Night. Program 629, ”Eye on the Universe”. NBH V 902T/71 Aired during May 2005

• Science; quoted in The Hunt for Stealth Galaxies Robert Irion, Vol 308, 20 May 2005

Publication List (as of January 2017)

(Published, accepted or in press)

51. B Kubik, N I Libeskind , A Knebe, Y Hoffman, H M Courtois, Universal Accretion in Warm and Cold Dark Matter , 2016 MNRAS Accepted

50. M Pawlowski, N I Libeskind , et al, Considerations on how to investigate planes of satellite galaxies , 2017,  AN accepted

49. N I Libeskind et al., Tracing the Cosmic web , 2017 MNRAS In Press

48. E Tempel, T Tuvikene, R Kipper & N I Libeskind , Merging groups and clusters of galaxies from the SDSS data: The catalogue of groups and potentially merging systems , 2017 A&A , 602, 100

47. D Forgan, P Dayal, C Cockell & N I Libeskind Evaluating Galactic Habitability Using High Resolution Cosmological Simulations of Galaxy Formation , 2017 Int. Jour. Astro Bio. , 16, 60

46. N I Libeskind , Q. Guo, E Tempel, & R Ibata The lopsided distribution of satellite galaxies , 2016 ApJ , 830, 121

45. N I Libeskind  & R. B. Tully Our Place in the Cosmos , 2016 Scientific American , 315, 1 (July 2016)

45a N I Libeskind  & R. B. Tully Our Place in the Cosmos , 2016 Scientific American, Top Science Stories of 2016 , 25, 5 (Winter 2016)

45b N I Libeskind  & R. B. Tully Laniakea: Unsere Kosmische Zuhause in einer neuen Kartografie des Weltalls , Spektrum der Wissenschaft (November 2016) Cover Story

45c N I Libeskind & R. B. Tully Il Nostro posto nel cosmo , Le Scienze , 577, (September 2016) Cover Story

44. O Metuki, N I Libeskind & Y Hoffman The abundance and environment of dark matter halos, 2016 MNRAS, 460, 297

43. E Carlesi, J Sorce, Y Hoffman, S Gottl ̈ober, G Yepes, N I LIbeskind, S Pilipenko, A Knebe, H Courtois, B Tully, & M Steinmetz Constrained Local UniversE Simulations: A Local Group Factory, 2016 MNRAS 458, 900

42. I Pahwa, N I Libeskind, E Tempel, Y Hoffman, R B Tully, H M Courtois, S Gottloeber & M Steinmetz The weak alignment of galaxy spin with the shear field in observations 2016 MNRAS, accpeted

41. J Sorce, P Creasy, & N I Libeskind Galaxies in the disc central surface brightness gap lie preferentially in sheets 2016 MNRAS, 455, 2644

40. N I Libeskind, E Tempel, Y Hoffman, R B Tully, & H M Courtois Filaments from the galaxy distribution and from the velocity field in the local universe, 2015 MNRAS Letters, 453, L108

39. N I Libeskind, Y Hoffman, R B Tully, H M Courtois, S Gottl ̈ober & M Steinmetz Planes of satellites and the cosmic web, 2015 MNRAS, 452, 1052

38. E Tempel, Q Guo, R Kipper, N I Libeskind, The alignment of satellite galaxies and cosmic filaments: observations and simulations, 2015 MNRAS, 450, 2727

37. R B Tully, N I Libeskind, I D Karachentsev, V E Karachentseva, L Rizzi, E J Shaya Two planes of satellites in the Centarus A Group, 2015 ApJL, 802, 25

36. Q Guo, E Tempel &, N I Libeskind Galaxies in Filaments have more satellites: The influence of the cosmic web on the satellite luminosity function in the SDSS, 2015 ApJ, 800, 112

35. N. Gillet, P. Ocvirk, D. Aubert, A. Knebe, N I Libeskind, G. Yepes, S. Gotto ̈ber & Y. Hoffman Vast planes of satellites in a high resolution simulation of the Local Group: comparison to Andromeda, 2015 ApJ, 800, 34

34. O Metuki, N I Libeskind, Y Hoffman, R Crain, & T Thuens Galaxy properties and the cosmic web in simulations, 2015 MNRAS, 446, 1458

33. S E Nuza, F Kitaura, S Heß, N I Libeskind & V Mu ̈ller The cosmic web of the Local Universe: cosmic variance, matter content and its relation to galaxy morphology, 2014 MNRAS, 445, 988

32. Ocvirk, N. Gillet, D. Aubert, A. Knebe, N I Libeskind, J. Chardin, S. Gottl ̈ober, G. Yepes, Y. Hoffman The reionization of galactic satellite populations 2014 ApJ, 794, 20

31. N I Libeskind, A Knebe, Y Hoffman, & S Gottl ̈ober The Universal nature of Subhalo Accretion 2014 MNRAS, 443, 1274

30. N I Libeskind, Y Hoffman & S Gottl ̈ober The velocity shear and vorticity across redshifts and non-linear scales, 2014 MNRAS, 441, 1974

29. N I Libeskind Dwarf Galaxies and the Cosmic Web, 2014 Scientific American, 310, 46-51 28. E Tempel, N I Libeskind, Y Hoffman, Liivama ̈gi & A. Tamm Orientation of cosmic web filaments with respect to the underlying velocity field 2014 MNRAS Letters, 437L 11

27. P Ocvirk, D Aubert, J Chardin, A Knebe, N I Libeskind, S Gottl ̈ober, G Yepes & Y Hoffman “High resolution simulations of the reionization of a Milky Way - M31 galaxy pair” 2013 ApJ In Press

26. N I Libeskind, A Di Cintio, A Knebe, S Gottlöber, Y Hoffman, G Yepes, M Steinmetz, & L Martinez-Vaquero Cold versus Warm Dark Matter in Constrained Cosmo- logical Simulations of the Local Group, invited paper for PASA, special issue on Warm Dark Matter. In Press.

25. P Dayal, N I Libeskind, & J. S. Dunlop. CLUES on the past: Local Group progenitors amongst high-redshift Lyman Break Galaxies 2013 MNRAS, 431, 3618

24. N I Libeskind, Y Hoffman, M Steinmetz, S Gottlöber, A Knebe & S Hess “Cosmic vorticity and the origin halo spins” 2013 ApJ Letters, 766 L15

23. A Di Cinto, A Knebe, N I Libeskind, C Brook, G Yepes, S Gottlöber, & Y Hoffman, “Size matters: the non-universal density profile of subhaloes in hydrodynamical simulations” 2013 MNRAS 431, 1220.

22. N I Libeskind, Y Hoffman, J Forero-Romero, S Gottlöber, A Knebe, M Steinmetz & A Klypin.“The velocity shear tensor: tracer of halo alignment” 2013 MNRAS 428, 2489

21. A Knebe, N I Libeskind, F Pearce, P Behroozi, J Casado, K Dolag, R Dominguez- Tenreiro, P Elahi, H Lux, S I Muldrew, J Onions. “Galaxies going MAD: The Galaxy- Finder Comparison Project”, 2013 MNRAS 428, 2039

20. Y Hoffman, O Metuki, G. Yepes S, Gottlöber, J Forero-Romero, N I Libeskind & A Knebe ,“A kinematical classification of the Cosmic Web”, 2012 MNRAS 425, 2049

19. A Di Cinto, A Knebe, N I Libeskind, Y Hoffman, S Gottlöber, & G Yepes “Applying scale-free mass estimators to the Local Group in Constrained Local Universe Simulations” 2012 MNRAS 423, 1883

18. N I Libeskind, Y Hoffman, A Knebe, M Steinmetz, S Gottl ̈ober, O Metuki & G. Yepes, “The cosmic web and the orientation of angular momenta”, 2012 MNRAS Letters 421, 137

17. P Dayal & N I Libeskind “Local Group progenitors: Lyman-α bright” 2011 MNRAS Letters 419, 9

16. A Di Cintio, A Knebe, N I Libeskind, G Yepes, S Gottlöber, Y Hoffman, “ Too small to succeed? Lighting up massive dark matter Milky Way subhaloes” 2011 MNRAS Letters 417, 74

15N I Libeskind, A Knebe, S Gottlöber, G Yepes, & Y Hoffman.“Disentangling the stellar from the dark matter halo.” 2011 MNRAS 418, 336

14. A Knebe, N I Libeskind, T Doumler, Y Hoffman, S Gottlöber, & G Yepes “Renegade Subhaloes in the Local Group” 2011 MNRAS Letters 417, 56

13. A J Deason, I G McCarthy, A Font, N. W. Evans, C. S. Frenk, V Belokurov, N I Libeskind, R A Crain & T Theuns. “Mismatch and Misalignment: Dark Haloes and Satellites of Disc Galaxies’. 2011, MNRAS 415, 2607

12. A Knebe, N I Libeskind, S R Knollmann, L A. Martinez-Vaquero, G Yepes, Stefan Gottlöber, & Y Hoffman. “The Luminosities of Backsplash Galaxies in Constrained Simulations of the Local Group”. 2011, MNRAS 412, 529

11N I Libeskind, A Knebe, Y Hoffman, S Gottlöber, G Yepes, & M Steinmetz, “The Preferred Direction of Infalling Satellite Galaxies in the Local Group”. 2011 MNRAS 411, 1525

10. S Gottl ̈ober, N I Libeskind, G Yepes, & Y Hoffman. “Studying the Local Group within the CLUES Project”. Proceedings of the XLVth Recontres de Moriond, Eds.: A. Auge, J. Dumarchez, J. Tran Thanh Van, The Gioi Publishers, 2010, pp. 123-126

9. A Knebe, N I Libeskind, S R Knollmann, G Yepes, S Gottlöber, & Y Hoffman. “The impact of baryonic physics on the shape and radial alignment of substructures in cosmological dark matter haloes”. 2010 MNRAS 405, 1119

8. N I Libeskind, G Yepes, A Knebe, S Gottlöber, Y Hoffman, & S Knollman. “Con- strained simulations of the Local Group: on the radial distribution of substructures”. 2010 MNRAS 401, 1189

7. N I Libeskind, C S Frenk, S Cole, R Bower, A R Jenkins, J C Helly, “How common is the Milky Way - satellite galaxy alignment?”, 2009 MNRAS 399, 550

6. M Metz, P Kroupa & N I Libeskind “The orbital poles of Milky Way satellite galaxies: a rotationally supported disc-of-satellites inconsistent with CDM substructures”. 2008 ApJ 680, 287

5. N I Libeskind, “The Formation of Satellite Galaxies and Their Associated Black Holes” 2007 Obs. 127, 146

4. N I Libeskind, S Cole, C S Frenk, T Okamoto, A Jenkins. “Satellite Systems Around Galaxies in Hydrodynamical Simulation”. 2007 MNRAS 374, 16

3. N I Libeskind, S Cole, C S Frenk, J C Helly. “The Effect of Gravitational Recoil on Black Holes Forming in a Hierarchical Universe”. 2006 MNRAS 368, 1381

2. N I Libeskind, C S Frenk, S Cole, J C Helly, A Jenkins, J F Navarro, C Power. “The Distribution of Satellite Galaxies: The Great Pancake”. 2005 MNRAS 363, 146

1. K Tereszchuk, P F Bernath, N F Zobov, S V Shirin, O L Polyansky, N I Libeskind, J Tennyson, L Wallace. “Laboratory Spectroscopy of Hot Water near 2 Microns and Sunspot Spectroscopy in the H-Band Region”. 2000 ApJ, 577, 496