Jakob received his bachelor's degree in Geosciences at the University of Freiburg, Germany, in 2015. He then studied Arctic Geology at the University of Tromsø (UiT) and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) for a year and worked as an intern at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany. In 2019, Jakob graduated from Utrecht University in the Netherlands with a master's degree in Marine Sciences. He wrote his two master's theses ("Sedimentological reconstruction of Quarternary Antarctic Bottom Water flow velocities in the Pacific Southern Ocean" and "230Th-normalised modern dust fluxes in the southern Indian Ocean and the Tasman Sea") at the Alfred Wegener Institute and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) in Hobart, Australia, respectively. In March 2020 Jakob started his PhD at IMAS (University of Tasmania), investigating the response of phytoplankton to wildfire particles and desert dust in the Southern Ocean. He is working in the field of ocean biogeochemistry and nutrient cycling using satellite and profiling float data.