Jens Oberheide received his M.S. (Dipl.-Phys.) 1996 from University of Hannover in Germany and his Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) 2000 from the University of Wuppertal in Germany. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado (2001-2003) before returning to University of Wuppertal where he obtained his lecture qualification in 2007 ("Habilitation", assistant professor equivalent). He joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Clemson University in March 2010.
His research interests include the dynamics of Earth's mesosphere-thermosphere-ionosphere system; the forcing and vertical propagation of tides, planetary waves, and gravity waves including their effects on chemistry and electrodynamics; geospace environment coupling to the atmosphere below and to solar activity; comparative aeronomy; long-term trends in the upper atmosphere; utilization of satellite and ground-based remote sensing data to resolve variability and vertical coupling processes in the atmosphere; and the validation of middle and upper atmosphere models. He is a specialist in satellite data analysis and conducts physics-based empirical modeling of atmospheric tides in the stratosphere, mesosphere and thermosphere.