Roland currently is a postdoctoral scholar in Geobiology in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS) at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
Roland's research addresses the evolution, diversity, activity, and relevance to biogeochemical cycling of environmental microbes, particularly uncultured archaeal lineages and multicellular magnetotactic bacteria. A key approach in his endeavours is the use of techniques to study the physiology and metabolic activity of the uncultured majority in situ and to link these data with microbial identity on both individual cell and “meta” level.
Member of the Junior Advisory Group of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), since May 2014
Postdoctoral scholar supported via a Fellowship by the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), since July 2014
Marie Curie fellow via an Erwin Schroedinger scholarship of the Austrian Science Fund, July 2012 - July 14
O.K. Earl postdoctoral scholarshipin Geobiology by the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences of Caltech, July 2011 - July 2012
Doc.Awardfor outstanding PhD thesisby the City of Vienna, 2012
DOC (PhD) fellowship by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, January 2007 - December 2009