Work experience

Faculty Astronomer, 05/2017 - present
European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany
03/2019 - present: Head of Media Relations Team at Department of Communication
05/2017 - 03/2019: Science Liaison at education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD)

Postdoctoral researcher, 02/2014 - 04/2017
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen, the Netherlands

Postdoctoral researcher , 06/2010 - 01/2014
in the Galaxy Structure & Dynamics research group, lead by Dr. Glenn van de Ven
Max-Planck-Institut for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany
maternity leave: 04/2011 - 10/2011

Visiting researcher, 01/2010 - 05/2010
Department of Astronomy, Faculty of Physics of the University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Postdoctoral researcher, 06/2009 - 12/2009
at the E-ELT Science Office,
ESO, Garching bei München, Germany
My task was to help writing, editing, and illustrating the book An Expanded View of the Universe - Science with the European Extremely Large Telescope, where the key science cases for the E-ELT are summarised.

Visiting researcher, 01/2009 - 05/2009
Department of Astronomy, Faculty of Physics of the University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Education

PhD in Astronomy, 09/2005 - 12/2008
ESO, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, IMPRS on Astrophysics, Munich, Germany
Supervisors: Dr. Harald Kuntschner (ESO) and Dr. David R. Silva (NOAO)
Thesis: “Towards calibrating stellar population models in the near-IR: clues from globular clusters and early-type galaxies” (7 MB)

MSc in Physics, majoring Astronomy and Astrophysics, 09/2004 - 7/2005
Department of Astronomy, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Valeri Golev (SU) and Dr. Markus Kissler-Patig (ESO)
Thesis: “Globular clusters in early-type galaxies: search for recent star formation in old merger remnants” (in Bulgarian)

BSc in Physics, 10/2000 - 07/2004
Department of Astronomy, University of Sofia, Bulgaria

33rd Language High School, Sofia, Bulgaria, 09/1995 - 06/2000
Majoring French and English language

Awards

Marie Curie Fellowship for Early Stage Research Training, 09/2005 - 04/2006
IMPRS on Astrophysics, Garching bei München, Germany

ESO Student Fellowship, 09/2005 - 12/2008

Scholarship for Academic Excellence, 2004 - 2005
Faculty of Physics, University of Sofia, Bulgaria

ESO Director General Discretionary Fund, 09/2004 - 11/2004
Awarded funding to collaborate with Dr. Markus Kissler-Patig on the project “Search for recent star formation in old merger remnants”, Garching bei München, Germany

IX Vatican Observatory Summer School: Galaxy Evolution, 06/2003 - 07/2003
Awarded a scholarship to attend the school, Castel Gandolfo, Italy

Mariya, Feb 2015

E-mail:

mlyubeno (@) eso.org

Phone:

+49 89 3200 6188

Address:

ESO
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2
85748 Garching bei München
Germany