After studying philosophy, history and religious sciences, Jakob Kneser has been working as a director, author and editor. Since 2002 he has made numerous reports, features and documentaries for arts and science television programmes. He has also written and produced various radio features about cultural and scientific topics. Since 2006 he has been concentrating on longer non-fiction television formats. In 2009 he also started working as a freelance lecturer for journalism at the Humboldt University in Berlin.