Curriculum Vitae


2006-2010 Ph.D. in Signal Processing, Delft University of Technology , graduated with honors
Ph.D. project Study on efficient algorithms for calibration and imaging with aperture array radio telescopes including an error and noise propagation analysis to assess the limitations.
1998-2003 M.Eng. in Applied Physics, University of Groningen, graduated with honors
Gaduate project Study on a measurement technique to evaluate the optics of the Herschel Space Observatory at sub-millimeter wavelengths with the Space Research Organization of the Netherlands (SRON) in Groningen.
1997-2003 M.Sc. in Astronomy, University of Groningen, graduated with honors
Graduate project Integration and evaluation of a phased array antenna system for radio astronomy with the Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (ASTRON) in Dwingeloo.
1998-2001 M.A. in Philosophy, University of Groningen, not finished
1991-1997 Willem Lodewijk Gymnasium, Groningen
Courses Dutch, English, German, Classic Greek, History, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology

Work Experience

2016-present Extraordinary Associate Professor with Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2003-present Researcher with ASTRON, Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
2006-2010 Ph.D. student with Deflt University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
2002-2003 Internship at ASTRON, Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
2001-2002 Internship at SRON, Groningen, The Netherlands

Institutional responsibilities

2013-present Organizer of the internal seminars of ASTRON's R&D Department
2011-present Editor of ASTRON's institutional magazine for the R&D Department


2005-present Radio scientist (member) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI)
2006-present Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE, Senior Member since 2012, currently member of Signal Processing Society and Antennas and Propagation Society)

Scientific activities

2015-present Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee of the SKA Calibration & Imaging Workshop series
2015-present Associate Editor for the journal Radio Science
2014-present Associate Editor for the Radio Science Bulletin
2014-present Early Career Representative (ECR) for Commission J of the URSI and chair of the ECR Committee
2012-present Regular reviewer for various journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
2015 Organizer of a special session on “Ionospheric models and their validation” at the URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference (AT-RASC)
2015 Member of the General Lecture committee for the URSI AT-RASC
2015 Lecturer of a tutorial session on “Imaging and calibration for aperture array radio telescopes” at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), the flagship conference of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
2014-2015 Member of TPC (as reviewer) of the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) held in Lisbon (Portugal) 12-17 April 2015
2014 Nominated for the Christiaan Huygens prize 2014 (honorable mention), a science prize awarded by the Dutch Academy of Sciences
2014 Session chair of a special session on “Array signal processing for radio astronomy: the SKA is the future” at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) in Florence (Italy)
2013 Invited talk on “Phased Array Feeds: Calibration and Beamforming” at the 3rd Generation Calibration (3GC) Workshop in Port Alfred (South Africa)
Invited talk on “Advances in Phased Array Systems for Radio Astronomy” at the IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (APS) in Orlando (Florida)
2012 Workshop chair of the Aperture Array Calibration and Calibratability Workshop in Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
2011 Invited lecture on “Antenna Imaigng with the Square Kilometre Array” for the European School of Antennas (ESoA) in Delft (The Netherlands)
Received travel grant to attend the URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GASS) in Istanbul (Turkey) presenting two papers as first author and being co-author on another two papers
2010 Co-applicant of the successful NWO-TOP grant application on “The synthesis of signal processing and radio astronomical calibration and imaging techniques”
Received travel grant to attend the Asia-Pacific Radio Science Conference in Toyama (Japan) to give an invited presentation on “LOFAR – The First Operational Precursor to the SKA”
2008 Received travel grant to attend the URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GASS) in New Delhi (India)

Non-work-related activities

2008-2013 Coach of a Club Womens Quad (first two years) and, after passing the level-2 coaching exam of the Dutch Rowing Association, the Club Womens Eight (last two years) at the K.G.R. “De Hunze”
2008-2009 Member of the board of the K.G.R. "De Hunze", where I was responsible for maintenance of the fleet and purchasing and selling of boats.
2006-2008 Member of the board of the K.G.R. "De Hunze", where I was responsible for the coordination of the rowing activities for senior rowers (18+) for which I introduced a new policy.
2002-2007 Active use of license to act as umpire at rowing races
2000-2002 Coordinator of the regional rowing competition. During this time I was responsible for the organization of the competition and have introduced a new system to make the races more competitive.
1999-2001 Member of the audit committee of the ``Fysisch-Mathematische Faculteitsvereniging'' (FMF), the student association for students in (Applied) Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics and Computer Science.
1998-1999 Abactis (secretary) of the board of the FMF. During this time I was responsible for external mailings, the internal administration and solving problems within several committees of the association.


Dutch Native language
English Good, in active as well as in passive use
German Reasonable in active use, good in passive use