KIT Doctoral Award for Jan van der Linden

December, 2023
Dietmar van der Linden
Jan van der Linden with his doctoral hat

In recognition of his outstanding achievements in studying the production of heavy quarks at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), Jan van der Linden will be awarded the 2022/2023 edition of the KIT Doctoral Award, awarded by the Excecutive Board of KIT. With this award, KIT honors outstanding young scientists and underlines the high value of young scientists at KIT as a role model for others. The award ceremony will be part of the KIT President's Honorary Evening in summer 2024.

Jan van der Linden's dissertation entitled "Inclusive and differential cross section measurement of ttbb production and studies of tt production with additional jet radiation" is characterized by its high relevance for research at the LHC, its excellent methodological standards and its exceptional quality. In addition, the award recognizes Jan van der Linden's creative use of machine learning methods in particle physics and his commitment to the education of students. Jan van der Linden's dissertation at the Institute of Experimental Particle Physics (ETP) was supervised by Dr. Matthias Schröder and Prof. Ulrich Husemann.

Jan van der Linden has already started the next step of his scientific career. Funded by a Junior Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Belgian Research Foundation Flanders, he investigates the production of top quarks and Higgs bosons at the University of Ghent.