A few key elements of my CV are given here.
Academic employment:
  • Associate professor, Cold molecules, precision tests of fundamental physics, University of Groningen, (06/2015 - present)
  • Assistant professor, Manipulation of the motion and quantum state of neutral molecules in external fields, University of Groningen (11/2009-05/2015)
  • Group leader, Magnetic and electrostatic trapping of molecules,  Fritz-Haber Institut, Berlin (01/2008 - 11/2009)
  • Postdoc, Stark deceleration and trapping of molecules,  Fritz-Haber Institut, Berlin (05/2005 - 12/2007)
  • PhD, Laser cooling of calcium atoms, University of Groningen (2005)
  • NWO-XL grant 2022, for our RUG/Nikhef/VU/UvA consortium. I am principal investigator, in this joint  effort with Rick Bethlem, Anastasia Borschevsky, Rob Timmermans, Wim Ubachs, Jordy de Vries and Lorenz Willmann, 'Using cold molecules to search for fundamental asymmetry'
  • NWO M2 grant 2022, with Anastasia Borschevsky, 'Probing Particle Physics with Polyatomic molecules'
  • NWO VICI personal grant 2022, 'Searching for missing antimatter with trapped molecules'
  • National Science Agenda Startimpuls 2017 'Optical sensing of vibrations and earthquakes', co-PI with G. Palazantzas, K. Jungmann, E. Pallante, C. van der Wal, L. Willmann, D. van Oosten, P. van der Straten, H. Wörtche, E. Domnitch, D. Gelfand, Läslo Evers
  • FOM Nikhef/VSI/VU joint program dec 2016, 'Physics beyond the Standard Model with cold molecules', I am program leader, seven applicants (R. Bethlem, A. Borschevsky, S. Hoekstra, K. Jungmann, R. Timmermans, W. Ubachs, L. Willmann)
  • NWO VIDI personal grant 2013, 'A cold trap for dark matter' 
  • FOM Projectruimte 2011, 'Ultracold Molecules reflecting broken symmetry', single applicant S.Hoekstra
  • FOM KVI/VU Joint program 2011, 'Broken mirrors and drifting constants', eight applicants (H. Bethlem, K. Eikema, R. Hoekstra, S. Hoekstra, K. Jungmann, W.Ubachs, W. Vassen, L. Willmann)
PhD projects supervised:
  • I have supervised 10  completed PhD theses projects, of which 2 as co-promotor and 8 as main promotor. Currently I am promotor of 5 PhD students.
  • Currently teaching 2nd year Waves and Optics (for physics, applied phyics and astronomy) and The Quantum world (university-wide minor).
  • Elected Teacher of the year, Physics and applied physics (2020)
  • Fellowship for innovation of teaching, Honours College RUG (2017)
  • Supervised 52 bachelor students, 23 master students (as of 04/2024)

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