Freeke van de Voort



Taiwan, Nov 2012


Let me first introduce myself. Evidence (and public opinion) to the contrary, there is not a single part of my name that contains the "E" sound. Thank you, Great Vowel Shift. My first name, Freeke, rhymes with "Brake a [leg]" and my last name, van de Voort, means "of the Ford" and hence one emphasizes Voort.

From 2012 to 2016 I was a TAC-ASIAA Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley (Department of Astronomy, Theoretical Astrophysics Centre) as well as at Academia Sinica (Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics) in Taipei, Taiwan. It is indeed a long commute, but both are excellent institutes and great places for doing research.

In October 2016, I moved to the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (Theoretical Astrophysics) in Germany as a Tschira fellow, in combination with Yale University (Department of Astronomy) in New Haven, Connecticut. Another multi-continental post-doc position, through which I will benefit from collaborations at both institutes.

My research focuses on understanding galaxy formation by using cosmological simulations. I am interested in the evolution of galaxies as well as the circum- and intergalactic medium. In particular, I try to make connections between simulations and observations. You can visit my research page for more information or my new HITS website.

Until 2012, I was a PhD student at Leiden University (Leiden Observatory) in The Netherlands, where I worked with Joop Schaye and his group. I also spent several months doing research at STScI in Baltimore (USA), CRAL in Saint-Genis-Laval (France), MPA in Garching bei München (Germany), and IATE in Córdoba (Argentina), expanding my astronomical horizon and improving my language skills.

If you would like to contact me, you can send me an email (freeke.vandevoort"at"h-its"dot"org) or come visit me in Heidelberg.