About the group leader

Since the 1st of May 2021 Niels is an Independent Max Planck Research Group Leader (W2) at the Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics in Halle, Germany.


2018-2021 Postdoctoral Work at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, with Gabriel Aeppli and Vladimir Strocov and in close collaboration with Peter Krogstrup (Microsoft Copenhagen) and Claudia Felser (MPI Dresden).

2014-2018 DPhil at the University of Oxford and Wolfson College, UK, with Yulin Chen

2008-2013 BSc & MSc at FU Berlin and Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany, with Ralph Ernstorfer

Fellowships and Awards

2023 - ERC Starting Grant

2021 - IBM Condensed Matter Physics Award of the Swiss Physical Society

2020 - Finalist of the Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award (Top 5 candidates, prize was shared between all finalists due to cancellation of DPG spring meeting 2020)

2009-2015, 2017-2018 Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)


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