Dr Julia Goedecke

Curriculum vitae

I was born in 1982 and grew up in Weilburg an der Lahn in Germany, and obtained my undergraduate degree, Masters and PhD in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, being a student at Emmanuel College. In 2010 I held a one year postdoc position at the Université catholique de Louvain. From January 2011 to September 2013 I was a Teaching Fellow in Mathematics at Queens' College in Cambridge. In October 2013, I moved to be a Teaching Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, and also the Graduate Education Officer in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS) in Cambridge. From October 2015 I was also an Affiliated Lecturer in DPMMS. From September 2017 to September 2021 I worked as a Teaching Fellow at the School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science in the University of Leicester. In October 2021 I started to work at the Institute of Geometry of the Technical University of Dresden. An academic CV can be found here.

As part of my work for Newnham and DPMMS, I sat on several committees, including the Part III Committee, the Mathematics Faculty Board, and a few others. As Graduate Education Officer I helped PhD students to develop what used to be called Transferable Skills and is now all part of Researcher Development. I also organised several initiatives to help Part III students to get the best out of their Master year. Some talks that I gave to Part III students can be found on my talks page.


In Leicester, I sang with Kingfisher Chorale, led by Giles Turner. (In non-pandemic times), they give around 9 concerts a year, including Christmas concert at the historic Leicester Guild Hall. They perform a wide repertoire both sacred and secular from Mediaeval to new commissions.

In Cambridge, I sang with the New Cambridge Singers, a Cambridge based choir led by Graham Walker. They give about 6 or 7 concerts a year in Cambridge and surrounding villages. The repertoire ranges from Renaissance to contemporary British music, and they mainly sing unaccompanied or with organ, though they do have the occasional concert with an orchestra or even a piano duet.


I have two black cats, called Mirzakhani (short Miri), and Kopernikus (short Kopi). Miri is named after the Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, the first (and so far only) female Fields Medal winner. Kopernikus is named after the Renaissance-era mathematician and astronomer.


I sometimes draw, mostly from photos or images. My cats I did from life, so I could only get them while they were sleeping :-). These are Kopi, Kopi, Miri, Miri, Miri.


I sometimes take macrophotos, mostly of flowers.