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The Young Investigator Network (YIN) is the platform and democratic representation of interests for junior research group leaders and junior professors at the Karlsruhe Institut of Technology.

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Helmholtz Young Investigator Group of Kathrin Valerius (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)
Top mark for Kathrin Valerius and her group

The Council for Research and Promotion of Young Scientists (CRYS) rated the Helmholtz group of YIN speaker Kathrin Valerius as "extraordinary success". Her team developed strategies and methods to analyze the data on neutrino mass measured with the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino (KATRIN) experiment. At the interface of cosmology and elementary particle physics, neutrinos play a key role in modern astroparticle physics. Starting with the measurement operation on 11 June 2018, the scientists will use the data to search for new physical phenomena.

KATRIN experiment
Advanced Materials: process glass like a polymer (Markus Breig, KIT)
Adv.Materials: process glass like a polymer

The young investigator group of Bastian Rapp has developed a new forming technology to structure quartz glass. The scientists mix nanometer-sized glass particles with a liquid polymer, form the mix like a sponge cake, and harden it by heating or light exposure. The polymers act like a strong bonding agent and, thus, the resulting solid can be milled, turned, laser-machined or processed like any polymer. Once the final structure is attained, the residing polymer is burned to CO2 and the remaining glass particles are sintered and densified to pore-free quartz glass.

Glassomer
Impression from YIN fireside chat
Alternative: professor at an uni of applied sciences

Becoming professor at a university of applied sciences can be an appealing alternative career option. For three YIN alumni it has become a reality. At the YIN fireside chat in April, Prof. Romana Piat (Darmstadt), Prof. Stefanie Betz (Furtwangen), and Prof. Oliver Waldhorst (Karlsruhe) talked about getting appointed and about the differences and similarities between working at a university of applied sciences and a regular one. While industry experience is crucial for a career in applied sciences, for some it may be attained project-wise or at a research center. The teaching load can be reduced.

 
YIN Insight 2016/17
YIN Insight 2016/17 online with news and reports

New developments like the Tenure Track Program and the first round of the Excellence Strategy directly impact the career of young investigators. As YIN, we participate, speak with a common voice and try help to shape a better future for science. In our annual magazine, we discuss the Tenure Track Program and review the KIT Associate Fellow. Moreover, new facts and figures show the amount of work and goals achieved by YIN, e.g. the amount of subsequent funding acquired and the number of course hours’ taught. We also report about YIN activities, new members and alumni.

YIN Insight 2016/17
Contrary to classical bits, quantum bits can assume two states at the same time: Right and left, yellow and blue, zero and one. (Photo: KIT)
ncomms: one step towards quantum simulators

Physicists at KIT have developed a crucial component for a quantum simulating. They represented the light-matter-interaction of photosynthesis using electromagnetic resonators for the photons and superconducting circuits as quantum bits for the atoms. “We succeeded in getting both the quantum bit and the resonator to assume two opposite states at the same time,” says Martin Weides, co-author and YIN member. Due to this effect, quantum simulators solve a problem much faster than conventional computers which store infor-mation either as zero or one.

article on ncomms
Receives a Starting Grant of the European Research Council: Dr. Cornelia Lee-Thedieck. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT
ERC Starting Grant for Cornelia Lee-Thedieck

YIN member Cornelia Lee-Thedieck develops models of the human bone marrow to study the regeneration of blood and bone by stem cells and how this regeneration is disturbed in diseases like leukemia or bone metastases. The  European Research Council now funds her research project “Blood and Bone – Conjoined Twins in Health and Disease: Bone Marrow Analogs for Hematological and Musculoskeletal Diseases” with EUR 1.5 million for five years. Understanding the mutual interactions of blood and bone might be the key to restore their regenerative potential.

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