From 10/2015 to 9/2017, Malte Göttsche has been a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, working in the Program on Science and Global Security. He has been a fellow of the Consortium for Verification Technology. Interested in technical and policy issues of verifying future nuclear disarmament agreements, at Princeton, Malte has worked on nuclear fuel cycle simulations and reactor fuel depletion calculations, warhead authentication based on nuclear measurements, and verification concepts and techniques more broadly.
Malte holds a doctoral degree in physics from the University of Hamburg, where he worked as a research assistant at the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker-Centre for Science and Peace Research from 2012 until 2015. Earlier, he had been a visiting scholar at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Malte will continue to collaborate with the Nuclear Futures Laboratory in his capacity as junior research group leader at RWTH Aachen University. There, he will run the Nuclear Verification and Disarmament Laboratory with its main project “Nuclear Archaeology: Reconstructing the Nuclear Past to Enable a Nuclear-weapon-free Future.” The group will develop methods and techniques to reconstruct the past fissile material production history as an approach to obtain an estimate of current fissile material stocks. Knowing the stocks will be one essential factor towards enabling irreversible nuclear disarmament. The group is sponsored by a Freigeist Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation.