Volker Springel (HITS) is one of the authors of Illustris - a computer simulation that shows the formation of galaxies with unprecedented precision. ( Image: Illustris Collaboration)
Start of the HITS-Yale program in astrophysics – the collaboration comprises two postdoctoral fellowships as well as regular meetings in Heidelberg and New Haven
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and Yale University, New Haven/U.S, have started a joint initiative to foster collaboration between astronomers and astrophysicists on both sides of the ocean: the HITS-Yale Program in Astrophysics, funded by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (Foundation).
The program is jointly run by Prof. Volker Springel, head of the Theoretical Astrophysics group at HITS, and Frank van den Bosch, Associate Professor of Astronomy at Yale University. It is initially funded for a 4-year period. This includes funding for two “Tschira” postdoctoral fellows, named after the physicist Klaus Tschira (1940-2015), the founder of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung. The Klaus Tschira Stiftung promotes the advancement of natural sciences, mathematics, and computer science. Each fellow will spend two years at Yale and two years at HITS for a research stay. The two Tschira fellows selected for this program are Freeke van de Voort and Nir Mandelker.
Freeke van de Voort, who is currently a postdoctoral fellow at University of California Berkeley, will start her fellowship this fall at HITS, and go to Yale University in the summer of 2018. Freeke got her PhD in 2012 from the University of Leiden and is an expert in hydrodynamical simulations of galaxy formation.
Nir Mandelker is currently finishing his PhD Thesis at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with Prof. Avishai Dekel. He will start his fellowship at Yale University this fall, and move to HITS in the summer of 2018. Nir is an expert in galaxy formation, and has worked on violent disk instabilities, compressible turbulence, and instabilities in cold streams.
Next to the fellows and their research stays, the collaboration will also include collaboration meetings, where astrophysicists and astronomers from HITS and Yale visit each other at their respective institution to exchange ideas and work together.
Prof. Dr. Volker Springel
Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS)
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.