Markus Weigand, born 1980 in Lohr am Main, studied at the University Würzburg first nanostructure technology (intermediate diploma) and then physics, receiving his diploma degree in 2006. Main focus of his thesis in the group of Prof. Eberhard Umbach was resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) of both cobalt nanoparticles as well as ammonia in aqueous solution. In 2007 he joined the MPI for Intelligent Systems (formerly Metals Reseach) for a PhD thesis focusing on time resolved x-ray microscopy of magnetic nanostructures, and starting 2009 took over the operation of a new X-ray microscope operating at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. He was awarded his Dr. rer. nat. degree from the University of Stuttgart in 2015.