Dear ALS Community,
I am delighted to inform you that our search for a new science deputy has ended successfully with the appointment of ALS senior staff scientist Andreas Scholl.
Andreas first came to the ALS as a postdoc focusing on x-ray microscopy in 1998 after completing his PhD in physics at Cologne University and Jülich Research Lab. Afterwards, he was hired as a scientist at Beamline 7.3.1, then worked at Beamline 126.96.36.199 at the PEEM-3 microscope, mostly collaborating with users doing science in the area of magnetism. He served as deputy for the former ALS Experimental Systems Group from 2015–2018 and was promoted to senior staff scientist in 2016. His research garnered him a Berkeley Lab Outstanding Performance Award in 2001 and the David A. Shirley Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement at the ALS in 2006.
His advice, candor and communication skills, his longstanding rapport with staff across the ALS, his nose for great science, and his dogged determination to find and solve problems, combine to form an invaluable package. As interim science deputy, his leadership of the evolving ALS science program and of the ALS-U beamline selection process have led to excellent results. I look forward to working with him as we continue to manage this world-leading facility and get ready for ALS-U science.