Short CV/Education and training


  • 2007 – 2009
    Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Royal Observatory of Belgium

  • 2009 – 2010
    Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Birmingham

  • 2011 – 2013
    Veni fellowship, University of Amsterdam, highly prestigious research award

  • 2013 – 2014
    Lead scientist position, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, starting a group with ERC starting grant

  • 2014 – 2020
    Independent Max Planck Research group leader, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

Selected publications

  • H-index = 46; normalised H-index = 5; 100 publications in refereed journals, 4 papers in Nature magazine, 4 publications in Science magazine (ADS); more than 5000 citations.

  • Hekker S., Advances in Space Research 2013, 52, 1581-1592

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Max Planck Research Group Leader

  • ERC project: Stellar Ages

  • Veni project: Granulation and oscillations in red-giant stars

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Stellar Astrophysics Center Advisary Board as head of International Node

  • PhD committee Paul Beck, KU Leuven, 2013

  • ESO OPC panel, 2013 – 2014

  • Organizing committee Member of IAU Commission 27 on variable stars, 2012 – 2015

  • Coordinator, Red-giants complementary science, PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of Stars (PLATO) consortium, ESA M-Class Candidate Space Mission, since 2011

  • NASA-approved member of the Kepler team analysing oscillations in planet-host stars, since 2010

  • Chair, Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium (KASC) Working Group "Time series analysis of red-giant stars", since 2009

  • Member of the Kepler working groups on clusters, binaries and solar-like stars, since 2009

  • Member of Asteroflag (an international collaboration of asteroseismologists), 2009 – 2012

  • Member of the BRITE-Constellation International Advisory Science Team, since 2008

  • Member of CoRoT red-giant team, since 2007

Additional qualifications

Career development activities:

  • Course in popular writing of scientific results (2 days), 2006

  • How to get your paper in Nature (1 day), 2008

  • Managing research relationships (1 day), 2010

  • Effective researcher (2 days), 2010

  • Beta-postdoc retreat (3 days), 2011

  • Veni/Vidi personal development course program at University of Amsterdam consisting of courses on leadership and time management (10 days), 2011

  • Communication courses (3 days), 2012


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