I am a Professor at the Kapteyn
Institute at the University of Groningen, and since 2011 its
(Scientific) Director. I study the formation and evolution of
galaxies, by studying their structure, kinematics and stellar
populations. At the moment, I my research is mostly focused on
studying dwarf galaxies in the nearby Universe, but I am also
very interested in studying larger galaxies.
The Kapteyn Institute is one of the appr. 10 research
institutes of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
(FMNS, FWN) at the University of Groningen. Its mission is to
do research in astronomy, and to be responsible for the
astronomy teaching at the University. Together with Leiden we
are the only University in the Netherlands offering a bachelor
in astronomy. We also offer a master program in astronomy. We
have a large PhD programme with more than 50 PhD students. The
Kapteyn Institute is one of the 4 partners in NOVA, the
Netherlands Research School for Astronomy.
See here for my list of publications.
May 1, 2016: I recently obtained a large grant from the EU to
lead on International Training Network. Its name is SUNDIAL,
and we will work with a consortium of researchers in Computer
Science and Astronomy on developing new algorithms for
analyzing large surveys in astronomy, and study galaxy
formation and evolution with it. The first applications will
be on the FDS
and on KIDS. The network will start on April 1, 2017. We will
advertise for PhD students in the November 1 AAS Job Register.
PhD positions available across Europe for the SUNDIAL
network! For questions, please contact
Also, Kapteyn Instfitute Positions on the Nov. 1 AAS Job