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PhD/PD Council

Contact the council

For all sorts of questions relevant for PhD's or Postdocs at the Institute of Physics contact the council via our email address

Please note that we are a council formed by PhD's and Postdocs and do not decide on hiring people.

The current council members introduce themselves below.

Council Members

Thijs de Goede:

After finishing my Masters at the UvA in 2016, I got the opportunity to extend my stay at the IoP by doing a PhD in the Soft Matter Group of Daniel Bonn. The focus of my research lies in combining hydrodynamics and forensic research to improve the reconstructions of crime scene using bloodstain patterns (improving Dexter). Apart from the University I enjoy playing the guitar and I am trying to learn how to make the perfect picture with photography. The reason I joined the council was that I want to contribute to the great atmosphere in the Institute and help people connect to each other outside of their group.  If you have any problems, questions, ideas for a fun activity, or just want to have a chat: Feel free to give a call or visit me in my office (C4.234)! Or you can (almost) always find me at the monthly PhD/PostDoc drinks.

Mr T.C. (Thijs) de Goede MSc

Faculty of Science

Van der Waals-Zeeman Instituut

Jaco de Swart:

I am a trained philosopher and physicist, doing a PhD that combines both. Besides working on the history and philosophy of the problem of dark matter, I also concern myself with the practical matter of doing science. Doing science should be creative, open, and inspiring. Hence I believe it is important that the conditions are right for PhDs to actually experience this. My task, as I see it, is indeed to make sure that all graduates can flourish in our department. 

Mr J.G. (Jaco) de Swart MA MSc

Faculty of Science


Bart van Voorden:

I'm a PhD student in the condensed matter theory group since September 2016, but I've been at the UvA for a longer time, since I also did my BSc and MSc here, so you could say that I'm familiar with the UvA and the IoP. My PhD is on the topic of topological phases/order in condensed matter systems in general, with a special focus on artificial gauge fields in ultracold atoms, mainly in relation to some experiments being done here at the IoP. After a long day of doing physics, I like to go for a run, read some books or go for some drinks with friends. Please don't hesitate to talk to me or any of the other PhD-PD council members about anything regarding your PhD/PD, improving the institute, fun activities or just for a social talk!

Mr B.A. (Bart) van Voorden MSc

Faculty of Science


Former Council Members

  • Damian Galante
  • Antonio Capretti
  • Carla Sanna
  • Maureen Dinkgreve
  • Laurens Kabir
  • Niki Klop
  • Julie Desarnaud
  • Nick de Jong
  • Rens Limpens
  • Hamish Silverwood
  • Georgios Skantzaris
  • Rogier Vlijm