Welcome to my website!

I am an astrophysicist and I study some of the most extreme and fascinating objects in our universe: neutron stars and black holes. Browse around to find out some things about me, my research, my group, and job opportunities.

Science highlight: My group discovered that neutron stars with strong magnetic fields can launch jets, despite that they were thought to be incapable of doing so for decades! Our paper is published in the October 2018 issue of Nature. See here for a description and accompanying media. The story of how this surprising discovery came into being was recently (March 2021) featured in a great podcast “Bijvangst” made by Sophie Frankenmolen for BNN/VARA. Listen to it here (in Dutch).

Outreach highlight: The music ensemble TRIFID toured the Netherlands in 2019-2020 with the unique project Sounds of Interstellar Space. The music pieces are inspired by astronomy and the concerts were an experience in which music and science lectures  joined seamlessly. I had the pleasure of giving a few of the lectures in this concert series.

Current whereabouts: As of September 2020, I am an assistant professor (universitair docent) at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) of the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Check out the team working with me, and job vacancies and opportunities for student projects in my research group.

Previous whereabouts: In December 2016 I joined the API as a group leader (Vidi laureate). From 2014 till 2016, I was a Marie Curie fellow at the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK). Between 2011 and 2014, I was a NASA Hubble fellow at the Astronomy Department of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA). I obtained my PhD degree in 2010 December after working for 4 years at the Anton Pannekoek Institute of the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

Conference organization:  In 2019, my group and I organized an exciting international conference, called Winds to jets: The role of outflows in compact binaries, which was held on July 1-3 in Amsterdam. We discussed the latest discoveries on disk winds and jets from accreting white dwarfs, neutron stars, and stellar-mass black holes. See the conference website to find talks and pictures.