Oct 24 – 28, 2022
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NPD - 2021 PhD Prize Winners

Awarded by the EPS Nuclear Physics Division Board, recognizing the excellence of a recent PhD thesis in experimental, theoretical or applied nuclear physics.

The PhD prize is awarded every third year from 2012 for a PhD thesis in nuclear physics from a country that is a member of the EPS.


The participation of the 2021 PhD winners is Sponsored by Springel Verlag.

Giuliano Giacalone

#81: Observing the shape of nuclei at high-energy colliders

Heidelberg University

Bachelor's degree in physics at the University of Rome La Sapienza in Italy.

Moved to Paris, at the Université Paris-Saclay in 2015 to work on heavy-ion collisions in 2016 as a Master's student under the supervision of Jean-Yves Ollitrault. 

End of 2020 PhD at the Institut de Physique Théorique (IPHT) of CEA Saclay, again under the supervision of Jean-Yves Ollitrault.

Since November 2020 postdoctoral researcher at the University of Heidelberg leading the research at the intersection of nuclear structure and heavy-ion collisions.


Jonas Karthein

#65: High-precision measurements in the direct vicinity of the doubly magic 100Sn (N=Z=50) at ISOLDE/CERN


Bachelor's and master degree at the Heidelberg University in Germany. Undergraduate Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Germany and Graduate Researcher at CERN.

In 2020, PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Klaus Blaum on next-generation mass spectrometry of exotic isotopes and isomers. Based at CERN to establish the next generation mass spectrometry (PI-ICR) technique at ISOLTRAP/CERN and develop open source PI-ICR Monte-Carlo simulations and Bayesian analysis software for use by the community, including LEBIT/FRIB scientists.

Since 2021, Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, leading the fundamental symmetries and ion trap group of MIT Garcia Ruiz Lab.


Ágota Koszorús

#205: Laser spectroscopy at the frontiers of RIB production


Bachelor's and master degree at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia.

Obtained PhD in 2019 under the supervision of Gerda Neyens at the KU Leuven, Belgium. Based at CERN as member of the CRIS collaboration at ISOLDE during the last 2 years of the PhD.

Became a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool with Bradley Cheal; based at the IGISOL facility in Jvyaskyla, Finland. Since September 2021 back at ISOLDE-CERN as research fellow in charge of the local CRIS team.

In January 2023 starting as assistant professor at KU Leuven, with the task to establish and support a physics programme at the future ISOL@MYRRHA facility in Belgium