End of August, the draft reorganization and personnel plan was presented to the KVI staff members. According to this plan, KVI will proceed in a reduced form, under the name of KVI-CART (Centre for Advanced Radiation Technology). The development of advanced and not commercially available high-tech physical instrumentation will be an important new aspect. Part of the scientific groups will go over to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMNS) of the University of Groningen. To solve a financial deficit of € 600.000, nine members of the support staff will become supernumerary.
The scientific groups Accelerator Physics and Nuclear and Hadronic Physics will continue within KVI-CART. Besides, a new scientific group of Medical Physics will be set up, led by the still to be attracted general director. Of utmost importance for the new institute are the collaboration with GSI in Darmstadt, for which recently a Memorandum Understanding was signed, and that with the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) which is setting up a new treatment centre for proton therapy. The AGOR accelerator will be kept open for another two-and-a-half years after 2013 to allow for a smooth transition of the medical-related research towards the future activities at the UMCG.
The scientific groups Atomic and Molecular Physics, Astro-Particle Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Symmetries (TRIµP) and Theoretical Physics will go over to FMNS. These groups will be embedded in research institutes within this faculty.
For the supernumerary staff members, suitable positions within FMNS or University will be sought. The deal is that the reorganization will in principle take place without redundancies.
After the release of the reorganization and personnel plan, the staff members will have three weeks to respond. Subsequently, the plan will go to KVI Dienstraad (Service Council) and U-raad (University Council). According to plan, the Executive Board of the university will finalize the reorganization and personnel plan around 1 November.
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