Daniel Hiller studied physics at the University of Leipzig, Germany and graduated in 2007 with a diploma thesis conducted at the Max-Planck-Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle, Germany. He received his PhD from the University of Freiburg, Germany in 2011 with a thesis about defects in Si-nanocrystals. After that he became group leader in the Laboratory for Nanotechnology, Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) in Freiburg and studied the doping properties of Si-nanostructures. In 2018 he obtained his habilitation (postdoctoral lecturer qualification) from the University of Freiburg.
Currently he is a Feodor-Lynen-Fellow (Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation) at the Australian National University and investigates ALD-based passivating carrier-selective contact materials for high-efficiency Si-photovoltaics.