Representatives 2020

Early ​Career​ ​(EC)​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​experiment​ ​are​ ​the​ ​PhD​ ​students​ ​and​ ​postdoctoral researchers​ ​who​ ​are​ ​in​ ​the​ ​early​ ​stages​ ​of​ ​their​ ​careers.​ ​Master​ ​and​ ​bachelor​ ​students​ ​are​ ​invited to​ ​take​ ​part​ ​in​ ​the​ ​activities​ ​and​ ​discussions​ ​of​ ​the​ ​EC​ ​members​ ​without​ ​the​ ​right​ ​to​ ​vote​ ​for​ ​the representatives​ ​because​ ​they​ ​are​ ​members-only​​ ​for​ ​a​ ​short​ ​time​ ​in​ ​the​ ​experiment.

Current (since November 2020) Early Career representatives are:

Steering Committee (SC) representative:
  • David Hervas
5 Institutional Board (IB) representatives:
  • Bjoern Lehnert
  • Mariia Redchuk
  • Patrick Krause
  • Rebecca Carney
  • Yoann Kermaidic
2 Speaker Bureau (SB) representatives:
  • Bjoern Lehnert
  • Mariia Redchuk

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

I am Bjoern Lehnert and I am currently a postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley Lab organizing the surface characterization of the germanium detectors in LEGEND. I received my PhD working on GERDA (Dresden, Germany), and did my first postdoc working in DEAP-3600 (Ottawa, Canada) - a LAr based dark matter detector. Since 2.5 yr ago I am working on LEGEND and KATRIN (Berkeley, US) during my second postdoc. I served as an early career (EC) representative for the Institutional Board (IB) in LEGEND for the past two terms and have previous experience as a young representative on the DEAP-3600 board. I believe it is a good idea for new representatives to bring in new ideas and diversity which is why I am not running again for the IB.

I also served in the LEGEND speakers bureau (SB) for the last two years and I believe I can still contribute in this position. The responsibility of the two EC reps is to ensure that conference contributions are fairly distributed - especially among the early career members. I think this is largely the case in LEGEND. During the pandemic many conferences were canceled, making the selection for talks perhaps a bit more competitive. On the other hand, more early career members have the opportunity to join virtual conference without travel costs. I want to ensure that a fair contribution is kept up. The other responsibility is to help checking conference contributions for factual accuracy and providing feedback on the material. I personally enjoy this and hope I can help to improve talks and posters of EC members and other collaborators.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I am a forth-year PhD student in the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). I completed my B.S. in Physics at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in my home country of Ecuador. I have served as a Teaching Assistant at UNC and USFQ and have taught physics and mathematics in various locations from the Galápagos Islands to Canada. I currently work on MAJORANA and LEGEND and am an active young member in PIRE-GEMADARC. I strive to become an effective science communicator and I believe that my multicultural teaching, research, and volunteer experience have jump-started me towards this goal. In Ecuador I experienced first-hand the roadblocks that many face to a career in science, and I often see parallels reflected in our own experiences as early-career members in international collaborations. As your Steering Commitee Representative, I will strive to eliminate roadblocks towards your various goals.

I purposely step out of my comfort zone. You will often find me talking to collaborators outside of my inner research circle, sometimes about physics, but mostly about their life experiences. I have had an amazing time getting to know all of you, learning from your concerns, and serving as one of the Institutional Board Representatives. It has been a tough year, and we need representation now more than ever. As Steering Commitee Representative I will actively voice your concerns to the Steering Commitee and advocate for the needs of all early-career LEGEND members.

Padova University

I'm Mariia, a postdoc at the Padova University in Italy, and am now a new member of the LEGEND collaboration. I did my Bachelor and Master at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, and finished my PhD program in Aachen, Germany, working with the Borexino experiment. My home country is Ukraine.

I'm motivated to become an Early Career IB representative, since I can use my experience of different academic and cultural backgrounds. Different research groups that I've been part of have had different approaches to feedback between students, postdocs, and professors. During my PhD years I saw that a lot of young members feel more comfortable talking to their peers and provide anonymous feedback, rather than speak directly to the higher-ups. I feel the responsibility to use my desire and ability to listen, and my experience of speaking up and having a constructive discussion to improve communication.

Apart from student-professor relationships within a research group, EC members are also impacted by the global choices regarding publications, policies and management. It's important for the young members to have representation in these decisions, have access to all available information and be advised about their career options. I see that the LEGEND collaboration is pretty welcoming towards the voices of the EC members, and that makes me excited about the opportunity to be a representative.

In addition to this, I would like to offer my assistance to the SB. Talks and posters are very important for young researchers to develop skills and construct their scientific portfolio. I'm really glad to see that the LEGEND collaboration recognizes the importance of this matter, so I'm eager to help with the management of conference contributions. I would also hope to provide feedback on presented material to help improve its quality in both content and its delivery.

Technical University of Munich

I am Patrick Krause, second year PhD student at the Technical University of Munich. In my master thesis I focused on the commissioning and characterization of the liquid argon instrumentation of the GERDA experiment. Based on this experience I am now deeply involved in the development and commissioning of the LEGEND-200 liquid argon instrumentation.

The work on several commissionings and decommissionings, which were planned by an IB and to a large extent performed by us, the early career members, has shown me that direct communication from us to the IB is essential to create a fair working environment for all. Especially now, when we are challenged not only by the tight schedule for the commissioning of LEGEND-200, but also by the global pandemic that is shackling humanity, the concerns, wishes and ideas of the early career members should be clearly represented in the decision-making bodies of our collaboration to guide our efforts in a direction that everyone wants to participate in.

I will work to improve communication between the early career members and the IB and to create a fair working environment for everyone in our collaboration. Only together we can remain strong in the present time and achieve a truly great future for our experiment.

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Thanks for reading this application, below are a few sentences about my background and my interest in this position. Following PhD I made the jump from high-energy collider physics on the ATLAS experiment to a neutrino postdoc in both the LEGEND and KATRIN experiments. Since late May I've been a member of Alan Poon's group alongside Bjoern Lehnert & Alexey Drobizhev. Currently, my focus within LEGEND has been instrumentation including design for the L200 head electronics, ASIC testing for L1k, and eventually following in Mike's footsteps with LMFE production for L200. I'm thrilled to be involved at this stage of the experiment as it allows me to contribute to R&D and get to know the detector from the bottom-up.

As for the position, I am excited to represent young LEGEND members on the IB board for a number of reasons.
Having joined LEGEND from an even larger collaboration, I enjoy congressive working styles and promote collaborative tools. I am keen to make sure that, as an integral workforce of the experiment and future leaders of the field, our voice and views are clearly heard. I am accustomed to a relatively flat hierarchy here in the US and have no qualms about broaching issues on behalf of others. In addition I am a strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Personally, I have most been involved with LGBTQIA+ visibility and representation in STEM. I believe that a collaboration that makes a commitment to a welcoming environment and embraces diverse experiences is stronger overall. As such I have been an event organizer on the Berkeley Lab Lambda society for the past year and help facilitate discussions and events that allow people in the community to network and share experiences. I’m also a member of the Accessible Meetings Initiative with a focus on improving hearing resources, something that has become even more critical during virtual meetings. I would hope to bring both of these experiences to LEGEND young members in addition to advancing the views of others.

Max Planck Institute Heidelberg

Post-doc at MPIK - Heidelberg. Task leader of wbs 1.06: co-responsible for the enriched detector production and characterisation for Legend-200. Already served as early career representative at the SC in 2018 and the SB in 2019-2020. (NB: I did my PhD thesis on the neutron Electric Dipole Moment (nEDM) in Grenoble, France (2013-2016)).

Being coordinating the characterisation work at HADES, promoting the work of students is a priority for me as well as following up on the work advancement. In this restricted travel period and virtual only meetings, I believe being in contact with local institutional representatives can be a plus to raise concerns of Early Career members.