• Dr. Marlitt Jönsson (right) is discussing next steps with R&D Operations Manager Katharina Kronsbein

    Dr. Marlitt Jönsson (right) is discussing next steps with R&D Operations Manager Katharina Kronsbein

Dr. Marlitt Jönsson

Head of Research & Development (Hamburg, Germany)

What is your position at KRÜSS and what are your responsibilities?

I am the Head of the Research & Development department at KRÜSS. I’m responsible for our innovation and portfolio strategy.

What kind of degree do you have and what is your career path?

I am a PhD and graduated in Physics at the University of Hamburg (Germany). During my PhD time I worked on a novel medical imaging technique at the University of Lübeck (Germany). In parallel, I was granted a scholarship to prepare a startup company. This was a very intense experience and I learnt a lot of things which are not directly related to science, but proved to be very helpful within my professional life today. After my PhD I started as a product manager at KRÜSS. After two years I started to head a development team. In 2017 I became a mother and went into parental leave for one year. A few months after my return I started to head the R&D department.

Why did you choose this path?

Because I love science. I was always torn between the wish (or rather dream) to dive into pure science-related problems and the even stronger wish to work with people. This was the part I was missing in the years of my diploma and PhD thesis, no matter how much I enjoyed that phase. My current position offers me the possibility to combine those two passions. I am mainly dealing with strategic and management topics. But I am working on them in cooperation with the greatest team of engineers, computer scientists, and physicists I could wish for.

Have you noticed any changes in the field of science since you started to work?

I think science in a university environment is very different from that in industry. I chose to work in industry for many good reasons and did not regret this decision once. For me personally the working environment is optimal. But I still see that we have to go a long way to actually reach some degree of gender equality in almost all professions – especially in science. This topic is often stated to be old fashioned and solved. But to be honest, I don’t think so.

What was your biggest challenge in this profession?

My biggest challenge is (and has always been) to accept my own insufficiencies and turning them into learning experiences. Science is complicated and scientists are usually even more complicated. Leading highly talented, ambitious people leads to facing your own need for continuous personal development almost constantly. Reacting to this experience with transparency and authenticity is one of my major goals and – of course – this is a challenge.

How did you master this challenge?

I believe that I actually got a lot better over the years. But there is still such a long way to go and it might very likely stay a challenge for my whole life.


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