A safe hand at the PhD controls

iNANO Professor Duncan Sutherland will act as interim manager of the faculty's PhD School for a provisional period of two months. It has been planned for him to be replaced by the upcoming vice-dean for research at NAT, once the vice-dean has been appointed following an ongoing recruitment process.

[Translate to English:] Professor Duncan Sutherland (foto: Lars Kruse/AU Foto)

When Vice-dean Jes Madsen resigns from his position as head of the faculty's PhD school on 1 September, Professor Duncan Sutherland from iNANO will take over as the head of the around 400 PhD students at the faculty.

Duncan Sutherland has been employed at Aarhus University since 2006, and since 2017 he has been a professor at iNANO; Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center. His research is in nanobio interfaces, aiming to develop different technological platforms at nanoscale to make it possible to solve previously unsolvable biological riddles.

He will take over management of the faculty's PhD School for a provisional period of two months, after which the plan is for him to be replaced by a future vice-dean for research at NAT. Duncan Sutherland is very focused on the task ahead:

"I'm very happy to have this opportunity and I thank you for your confidence. Jes Madsen will be handing over an extremely well-oiled organisation to his successor, and my ambition is to be a safe hand at the controls in these rather unpredictable coronavirus times, and then of course to ensure that the future vice-dean has a solid starting point when I hand on the keys," says Professor Duncan Sutherland.

The recruitment procedure to find the next vice-dean for research for NAT is well underway, and the deadline for applications was passed recently.