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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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10 years yin
8 Oct: Celebrate the 10th YIN anniversary with us

Highlights of the public program, starting at 14:00, are a keynote lecture by YIN alumna Prof. Erin Koos from the KU Leuven (in English) and a panel discussion on the topic "Career in Science - Promoting Research" (in German). On the podium, we will welcome selected representatives form major funding agencies and from politics. Please register online.

For the whole event, a simultaneous translation in writing (English <> German) will be available via internet. Our genuine thanks to the KIT spin-off kites Ltd.
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Reibungsverluste
Scripta Materialia: Contact causes material change

Friction causes wear. But how? Experiments at KIT showed that a sharp line of 100-200 nanometers in depth forms within the softer material at first contact already. Atoms shift relative to each other and some of these dislocations self-assemble into the observed line-shaped structure, explains YIN member Dr. Christian Greiner, who is corresponding author of the articlespublished in Scripta Materialia. Within the material, a kind of atomic wave occurs which propagates similar to the movements of a snake. The scientists also analyze how friction accelerates oxidization.

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Research of Dr. Frank Schröder focuses on astroparticle physics and in particular on radio measurement of high-energy cosmic rays. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)
ERC Starting Grant for Frank Schröder

With a new radio antenna field, Dr. Frank Schröder will search for high-energy photons that accompany the massively charged particles of cosmic rays. The future setup will also measure signals with energies smaller by a factor of 100 as in photons originating from our galaxy. "Within three years, I expect to obtain crucial indications as to where the highest-energy particles of the Milky Way are formed", says the former YIN member who has just taken up an assistant professorship at the University of Delaware, USA. The ERC will fund his project with 1.6 million euro over five years.

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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
HEiKA
Strategic Partnership with Heidelberg university

The joint promotion of young talent, teaching, and innovation are new activities within the HEiKA cooperation. With the renewed framework agreement signed in June, the research partnership between KIT and the Heidelberg University expands into the “Heidelberg Karlsruhe Strategic Partnership”. Continuing under the acronym HEiKA, the two partner institutions plan to establish joint research institutes, study programs, and graduate schools. Since 2013, YIN members have successfully applied for nine HEiKA projects with partners from Heidelberg.

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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.

 

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