Jörg Behler obtained his PhD at the Fritz-Haber-Institut in Berlin in 2004. After a postdoctoral stay at the same place, in 2006 he moved to the ETH Zürich. In 2007 he returned to Germany and established an independent junior research group at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, which was funded by a Liebig fellowship, the Emmy-Noether program and a Heisenberg fellowship. For his work on the development of neural network potentials he received the Hellmann award of the AGTC in 2013. In 2014 he obtained his habilitation in theoretical chemistry. Since 2017 he is a full professor for theoretical chemistry in Göttingen.