Valeriya Korol


I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (Garching, Germany) since September 2022. My current work specialises in modelling compact binary systems composed of stellar remnants (white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes) in our Galaxy. These systems are strong gravitational wave emitters, which will be detectable by the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), an upcoming European Space Agency space experiment. I am an active member within the LISA Consortium and one of the current chairs the LISA Astrophysics working group. While waiting for LISA, I look if it is possible to learn more on these binaries from optical observation provided by the Gaia mission. I am an advocate for promoting early-career scientists, and one of the co-founders the LISA early-career-scientists working group, which has successfully been active since 2019. I am also an art enthusiast and I often like to look at my job through the lens of art. You can find out more about my research and my Art&Science projects.

Career path

  • now - Postdoctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching, Germany

  • 2022 - Prize postdoctoral fellow, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

  • 2021 - Rubicon postdoctoral fellow, University of Birmingham/University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • 2019 - PhD, Leiden University, the Netherlands

  • 2014 - MSc, University of Bologna, Italy

  • 2012 - BSc, University of Genoa, Italy