Dr. Jens Biele was born in 1965, studied experimental physics 1985-1993 at the University of Kaiserslautern and at Imperial College, London. He did a PhD in geosciences at the Free University Berlin with the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in 1998. He then spent one year as a Postdoc with the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. Since 1999 he works at DLR (German Aerospace Center) in Cologne in the Rosetta Lander project as payload manager and research associate and has been involved in a number of solar system exploration studies. His field of special expertise is payloads and small systems, in particular landers, for missions to small bodies in the solar system. He published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals.