Having studied prehistoric archaeology at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Cologne Katharina Becker graduated with an MA on Iron Age ringheaded pins in Ireland and Britain. She spent a very enjoyable and formative year in UCD, studying Archaeology in second year as an exchange student and was very pleased to be able to return in 2001 to Ireland for her PhD on deposition in Bronze Age Ireland that was funded by the DAAD, the IRCHSS and a UCD Evening Degree Teaching Fellowship.
After finishing her PhD Katharina was employed as a research archaeologist for Margaret Gowen and Co. in Dublin, as a temporary lecturer in UCD and as a researcher in the National Museum of Ireland working on the excavation archives of Joseph Raftery's sites in Lough Gara and Lough Crew, Co. Meath
In 2011 Katharina moved to the University of Bradford where she worked with Ian Armit and Graeme Swindles of Leeds University on the 'new' Irish Iron Age, initially as a post-doc on a British Academy funded project and more recently as an AHRC Fellow. In 2014 Katharina moved back to Ireland to lecture and research Irish later prehistory in the Department of Archaeology in UCC with a focus on the Iron Age and the Late Bronze Age in Ireland.