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Physicist new Deputy Director and Fellow at AIAS

Associate Professor and Physicist Nikolaj Thomas Zinner has been appointed new Deputy Director at AIAS and will commence his position on 1 January 2019.

Photo: Nikolaj Thomas Zinner. By: Anders Trærup.

As AIAS is changing its organization and management structure to strengthen the scholarly and scientific competences of the management, the position as deputy director at AIAS has been altered to a 3-year position that combines the management duties with a Jens Christian Skou research fellowship.

Nikolaj Thomas Zinner is an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Aarhus University and he was an AIAS Jens Christian Skou Fellow from October 2017 to October 2018. Zinner will take up the new position at AIAS on 1 January 2019.

Management in combination with JCS research fellowship at AIAS

Zinner will as a Deputy Director at AIAS work on strengthening the fellowship programmes and developing these and the Institute further, together with AIAS Director Morten Kyndrup, Professor of Aesthetics and Culture. The other part of Zinner’s position at AIAS is a Jens Christian Skou fellowship in which Zinner will be working on the research project entitled ‘Quantum Neural Networks – A Hardware Approach’.

‘With this new structure, it is our hope that we can achieve a clearer and more cost-efficient organization, both concerning cooperation internally within the management, and in relation to the administrative staff. I’m looking very much forward to sharing the management duties with Nikolaj Zinner, and to the cooperation as such,” says Morten Kyndrup, AIAS Director since 2012.

Theoretical physics

With a research background in theoretical physics, Nikolaj Thomas Zinner is working on quantum physics at the border of few- and many-body physics. Zinner holds a PhD in the field of nuclear structure and astrophysics, but has now moved into atomic and condensed-matter physics. Along with international collaborators, he has developed a new approach to strongly interacting particles that show great engineering potential in these systems, which is promising for applications in future quantum technologies. From 2013-1018 Nikolaj Thomas Zinner has been a member of the Young Academy of the Academy of Sciences and Letters, Copenhagen in which he has worked to strengthen the conditions for young researchers in Denmark.

‘By taking up this position, I will become part of the fantastic journey that Aarhus University has embarked on with the establishment of AIAS. I had a very successful JCS fellowship at AIAS recently, and I am extremely excited to be able to return in a new position as both a fellow and part of the management/administrative team at AIAS. In the light of the excellent external review that AIAS has recently received, I will be joining a very strong institute that I think we can all be very proud of at Aarhus University. There are some new strategic challenges on the horizon, and I very much look forward to contributing to the successful development of AIAS in the years to come’, explains Nikolaj Zinner.


Nikolaj Thomas Zinner, AIAS Deputy Director, zinner@phys.au.dk
Morten Kyndrup, AIAS Executive Director and Professor, kyndrup@aias.au.dk
Lena Bering, Coommunications Officer,  lber@aias.au.dk

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