GRAPPA Anton Pannekoek Institute


Short biography

Cas A jets Jacco Vink is an associate professor at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD at the University of Utrecht in 1999, based on research done on X-ray spectroscopy of supernova remnants at SRON The Netherlands Institute for Space Research. During a short tenure as postdoc at the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam with Günther Hasinger he was rewarded the prestiguous NASA Chandra Fellowship, which enabled him to continue his research at Columbia University from 2000 to 2003.

After returning to the Netherlands as a postdoct at SRON, he became a faculty member at Utrecht University from 2005 to 2012. During this period he also was awarded the prestiguous Vidi fellowship, allowing him to form a research group, which broadened the scope of his research to also incude hydrodynamical simulations, and optical spectroscopy. In 2012 he became associate professor at the Unversity of Amsterdam as part of the newly formed GRAPPA expertise center for gravitation and astroparticle research.

Most of his research revolves around supernova remnants, with some detours to neutron stars, magnetars, clusters of galaxies and AGN.

In 2020 he published a monograph on all aspects of supernova remnants by Springer Verlag: Physics and Evolution of Supernova Remnants.

Curriculum Vitae

2012 - Faculty member at the University of Amsterdam (associate professor)
2005 - 2011 Faculty member at Utrecht University (assistant professor)
2003 - 2005 Postdoctoral research at SRON, Utrecht (Research + instrument calibrations)
2000 - 2003 NASA Chandra fellow at Columbia University, New York (Research)
1999 - 2000 Postdoctoral researcher at the Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam
(Research + software development for XMM-Newton)
1995 - 1999 PhD student at SRON, Utrecht/Utrecht University.
PhD thesis: The spectral morphology of Cas A, RCW 86 and SN 1006
Thesis supervisors: Prof. J.A.M. Bleeker, Dr. J.S. Kaastra
1994 - 1995 A brief stint as software engineer (C++) for ESA’s Ariana V launch platform at CRI (Leiden)
1988 - 1994 Astronomy Education, Leiden University Masters thesis: The luminosity function of galaxies in clusters; supervisor Dr. P. Katgert

Grants and Awards

PhD theses supervised

Selected professional activities

H.E.S.S. Working convener for Supernova Remnants, Pulsar Wind Nebulae, and PeVatrons (SNRPP)
2021- Chair of the Minnaert Committee (NOVA's outreach committee)
2015-2018 Member of the ESA Science Advisory Committee for XIPE
2010- Member of the Committee for Astroparticle Physics in the Netherlands (CAN)
2011-2013 Member of the ESA Astronomical Working Group
2008-2011 Member of the IXO Science Definition Team (ESA)