5 September 2012

Niels Obers new Deputy Head of Research

Professor of theoretical particle physics, Niels Obers is the new Deputy Head of the Niels Bohr Institute. He came to the Niels Bohr Institute in 2002 and has been the group leader for Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology since 2007.  

Professor of theoretical particle physics,
Niels Obers is the new Deputy Head of
science at the Niels Bohr Institute.

“It will be a very exciting, but also challenging job that involves tasks that are very important for the institute. I must, among other things, deal with the PhD programme, which has expanded significantly in recent years and I will also be working with the appointment schedule, which involves creating a strategy to attract new talent to the institute and open new permanent positions on the associate professor and professor levels,” says Niels Obers who is also looking forward to collaborating with the research committees at both the institute and the faculty.

Niels Obers is from Holland and received his PhD in 1991 from the University of California, Berkeley. Since then he has been employed at the University of Bonn, Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, CERN in Geneva, Nordita in Copenhagen and at the University of Utrecht. In 2002 he came to NBI, where he was particularly attracted to the international milieu and the high professional level.

His field of research is string theory, gravity and supersymmetric quantum field studies, particularly the study of black holes and their thermodynamic properties and the holographic correspondence between gravitation and field theory. Holography can also be used to gain new knowledge about the structure of spacetime and mysteries related to the quantum nature of black holes. 

Niels Obers took up his new position as Deputy Head of Research on the 1 September.