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Dominikus Heinzeller
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3328


Dom Heinzeller
Dom is a scientist and developer in GSL's Earth Prediction Advancement Division (EPAD). His main tasks are the development of the Common Community Physics Package (CCPP) and code management for the Unified Forecast System (UFS). Dom is also working on porting the RAP/HRRR physics to the UFS for use in the Rapid Refresh Forecast System (RRFS) for global and regional applications and is a co-chair of the UFS System Architecture and Infrastructure Cross-Cutting Team.

Before joining NOAA in 2017, Dom worked as scientist and HPC administrator at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, as lead technician for a network of automated weather stations and Eddy flux covariance towers for the WASCAL (West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) program in Burkina Faso and Ghana, and as a research scientist at the Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd. in Wellington, New Zealand.

Dom received his Ph.D. in astronomy, specializing in theoretical astrophysics and scientific computing, from the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 2008. He conducted his postdoctoral research on the physical and chemical evolution of protoplanetary disks at Kyoto University, Japan.

Research Interests
Scientific/high performance/cloud computing
Parallelization and emerging technologies
Physics interoperability

  • M.Sc. in Physics, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2005 
  • Ph.D. in Astronomy, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2008

  • Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder / NOAA GSL, Boulder, CO, USA: research scientist, 2017 - present
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany: research scientist, 2013-2017
  • Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd., Wellington, New Zealand: research scientist, 2010-2013
  • Kyoto University, Department of Astronomy, Kyoto, Japan: postdoctoral researcher, 2008-2010
  • Free-lance IT service, consulting and typesetting, 1998-2005