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New head of the Department of Mathematics

Deputy Head of Department Jacob Schach Møller has been appointed head of the Department of Mathematics (MATH) as of 1 October 2017.

2017.10.06 | Christina Troelsen

Professor Jacob Schach Møller has been appointed head of the Department of Mathematics as of 1 October 2017. Photo: Lars Kruse, Aarhus University

A well-known face has taken over the position of head of department after Niels Nygaard. Professor Jacob Schach Møller has been deputy head of department since 2014, and acting head of department during periods when Niels Nygaard was on leave.

Professor Møller studied at Aarhus University, where he completed his MSc in Mathematics in 1994 and his PhD in 1998. After a number of years as postdoctoral fellow in Paris and Germany, he was appointed associate professor at Aarhus University in 2004. He was appointed professor with special responsibilities (MSO) in 2014 and deputy head of the Department of Mathematics the same year.

“I’m pleased that we’ve appointed a head of department who is not only extremely competent, but also has the advantage of being very familiar with the department, where he is popular with the staff. I look forward very much to working with him,” says Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen.

Professor Møller is also looking forward to getting to grips with his work as head of department. “It’s a privilege to take over the management of a department that is making progress with interesting assignments concerning the development of degree programmes and the implementation of the university’s digitalisation strategy. In the coming years, this will have a lasting impact on MATH”, he says.

“Ever since I commenced my studies in 1988 – when I wanted to study astronomy, by the way – I’ve been closely connected with Aarhus University, and I’ve become very familiar with the employees and the culture at both the department and the faculty,” he adds.

Professor Møller carries out research into mathematical physics. His current research interests are concerned with the strict mathematical analysis of spectral and dynamic properties of models for quantum physics, typically Hamiltonian models for quantum mechanical material in interaction with quantised fields. The applied mathematical tools come from mathematical analysis and stochastics. Other areas of interest include Schrödinger operators and statistical mechanics for spin systems.

The appointment as head of department is with limited tenure until 2023.

Jacob Schach Møller was born in 1969. He is married, has a daughter, and lives in Risskov.

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