by Panos Charitos. Published: 17 May 2013

ALICE MATTERS is introducing a new column, entitled "Career steps with ALICE" that will host the profiles of ALICE members who recently got a new post and will continue working with ALICE. New post-docs as well as people who got a permanent job are invited to share with us their stories and describe their career path. We look forward to hearing from you.

In this issue we introduce David Dobrigkeit Chinellato who has recently been elected an Assistant Professor in the University of Campinas and Tom Dietel who got a position as a lecturer in the University of Cape Town. Congratulations to both of them and the best of success in their career.

David Dobrigkeit Chinellato

I have been working for ALICE since 2007, when I started my PhD with the University of Campinas, one of the largest universities in Brazil. During my PhD programme, I had the opportunity to travel on several occasions to CERN. Whenever possible, I was happy to contribute to ALICE, and have worked mostly on the study of the production of strange and multi-strange particles. This work led to an oral presentation at Quark Matter 2011 in Annecy and has already been partially published as a paper authored by the collaboration. In addition, during my PhD time I also developed software to verify trigger alignment in the ALICE trigger system.

After finishing my PhD, I went on to work for the University of Houston, staying full-time at CERN for a little over one year starting in early 2012. It was a very fruitful year in which I had the pleasure to work close to my very competent colleagues in ALICE, learning a lot in this process. Scientifically, I build upon the topic of strangeness that was already familiar to me from my PhD period, and looked at different colliding systems including the proton-nucleus collision data taken during late 2012 and early 2013. In early 2013 I became convener of the Strangeness Physics Analysis Group in ALICE. I find this to be a very rewarding position as it allows me to take a detailed look at a variety of other interesting strangeness-related topics that are being pursued by my colleagues. Now that I will shortly take on a position as Assistant Professor at my home University of Campinas, I look forward to contributing as best as possible to the ALICE experiment.

Tom Dietel

I am a member of ALICE since 2005, when I joined the ALICE group at the University of Munster as a post-doc. My main task was to organize the construction of the super-modules for the Transition Radiation Detector. I also developed control software for the TRD and participated in the commisioning of the detector. A feature of the TRD that I find especially exciting is its capability to do very fast online tracking and particle identification and to trigger on electrons and jets. We implemented and tested these triggers last year and collected a large statistics data sample during the p-Pb run, which is currently being analyzed.

In recent years, I shifted my focus towards photon measurements using conversions into electron-positron pairs, an area where our group achieved the first measurement of thermal photons in heavy-ion collisions at the LHC and set a new world record for the highest temperature measured.

Before joining ALICE, I did my PhD at the University of Frankfurt, working on the Level-3 Trigger of the STAR Experiment, an online computing cluster similar to the ALICE High-Level Trigger, and on photon-hadron correlations in Au-Au collisions, where I had a first glimpse at photon-jet events in heavy-ion collisions. Before that, I received my Masters degree from the University of Heidelberg for my thesis on the newly installed CERES/NA45 time projection chamber.

In July 2013, I will move to the University of Cape Town in South Africa as a lecturer. Building on Cape Town's involvement in the HLT and my own experience, my group will work on the online-offline upgrade project, which is the key to processing the huge data volumes of 1 TB/s expected from 2019 on, after long shutdown 2. I will also continue to contribute to photon measurements, taking advantage of the triggered datasets that have been and will be collected with the TRD and the HLT.