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    Personal information
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    Candidate Profile
     Date Submitted:10-11-2017
     Last Modified:10-11-2017 (04:29)
    Job information
     Current job:Astrochemist / MHD modeler
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsStar formation, Astrochemistry, Cosmochemistry, MHD, hydrodynamic simulations, interstellar medium ISM, planet formation, dust grains, dust growth, molecular cloud evolution, chemical modeler, AGN, massive stars, data analyst, mathematical modeling, data
    CV

    Experience
    Postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute, MPE,
    Center for Astrochemical Studies, Garching by Munich, Germany.
    Department led by Director Prof. P. Caselli -> 09/2014 - 03/2018

    Postdoctoral researcher at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute,
    Inter- and Circumstellar Matter department, Groningen, the Netherlands.
    Director of institute Prof. S. C. Trager -> 12/2011 - 09/2014


    Education
    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Astrophysics,
    Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen, the Netherlands
    Adviser: Prof. Marco Spaans -> 09/2007 - 11/2011

    Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Physics & Astrophysics,
    University of Groningen, RuG, Groningen, the Netherlands
    Supervisor: Prof. Peter D. Barthel -> 09/2004 - 09/2006

    Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Physics & Astrophysics,
    University of Groningen, RuG, Groningen, the Netherlands -> 09/2000 - 09/2004


    Awards
    Seal of Excellence, EU Commission Horizon 2020
    “Chemical Study of cosmic Ices”

    MPE-CAS postdoctoral fellowship
    “Coupling magnetohydrodynamics with gas-grain chemical codes”

    VENI (innovational research), Dutch top researcher grant finalist
    “The beginnings of star formation”

    CINECA (Italy) supercomputing grant, Co-I, 0.8 Million CPU hours
    “A grain surface chemistry code comparison study”

    SARA (Netherlands) supercomputing grant, PI, pilot project
    “The IMF in active galaxies”

    Dutch Academic Year Prize, awarded for the best scientific outreach
    “Discover the Hidden Universe”, a group effort with team OHOH

     

    Teaching
    Co-supervisor of Ph.D. student 06/2017 - 06/2020

    Student mentor for K-12 final year mathematics exam class 01/2013 - 12/2013

    Teaching assistant for the weekly masters course lecture series “Radiative processes in Astrophysics”, Kapteyn Astronomy Institute, NL 04/2009 - 06/2009

    Student mentor for the profile projects of Beta1to1 (voluntary) 05/2006 - 02/2007

    Supervisor for the international exchange project during the Solar eclipse “Spectroscopy of the Solar Corona”, a collaboration of RuG & Tubitak, TR 10/2005 - 05/2006

    Teaching assistant for the practicals of the First-Year Student lecture series “Physics Orientation”, University of Groningen, NL 12/2002 - 03/2003

     

    Notable Talks
    I have given over 30 talks in conferences and meetings during my career. Some selected, and mostly invited ones are listed here.

    - ESO informal discussion, Garching, Germany
    - Physics seminar, New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    - 6th Zermatt ISM symposium, Zermatt, Switzerland
    - Lunch talk, NASA JPL, Pasadena, USA
    - PDR meeting “30 yrs of Photodissociation regions”, Asilomar, USA
    - LOC + talk “The Early life of Stellar Clusters”, Copenhagen, Denmark
    - Physics colloquium, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy
    - SWSE, two-hour public lecture, Appingedam, the Netherlands
    - Workshop “Is the stellar IMF universal?”, Leiden, the Netherlands
    - Physics seminar, Gottingen, Germany
    - Flash workshop, Hamburg, Germany
    - Theoretenoverleg, Groningen, the Netherlands
    - AMUSE workshop, Leiden, the Netherlands

     

    Notable Attendances
    With over 40 participations in various gatherings this is only a shortlist. Some of the attendances with an oral contribution are listed above.

    - “Frontiers of astrophysical modeling”, Leuven, Belgium
    - 254 th American Chemical Society meeting, Washington DC, USA
    - KROME computational school, Arcetri, Florence, Italy
    - Laboratory astrophysics, Ringberg Castle, Germany
    - ISM-SPP assembly “Multiple Faces of Dust”, MPA, Garching, Germany
    - KiDA database meeting, CNES, Paris, France
    - Quantum Universe, version 4, Groningen, the Netherlands
    - Protostars and Planets VI, Heidelberg, Germany
    - EWASS, European week of astronomy and space science, Rome, Italy
    - IAU 270 “Computational Star Formation”, Barcelona, Spain
    - Star formation symposium, JCU, Townsville, Australia
    - Flash code workshop, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
    - HEXOS workshop on HIFI data analysis, CESR, Toulouse, France
    - Constellation winter school “Numerical Astrophysics”, Cardiff, UK
    - HIFI deconvolution workshop, MPIfR, Bonn, Germany
    - IAU 255 “Low-metallicity Star formation”, Rapallo, Italy
    - NOVA fall school “Galaxies”, Dwingeloo, the Netherlands


    Public Outreach
    I have an active background in outreach activities and have contributed to diverse outreach projects. Here, I list some highlights that got media attention.

    - Munchener Akademiker Platform: “On the life of an Academic”
    - NOVA 1 : “Dust particles crucial for the formation of massive stars”
    - Havenstad FM: Live radio interview about my thesis project
    - Radio OOG: Live radio interview on the record jet of 4C 34.47
    - On the cover of A&A, vol. 522, Fig. 2 of Hocuk & Spaans (2010)
    - National newspapers: “Gigantic cosmic river of a Quasar charted”
    - National newspapers: “SMBHs stimulate the formation of stars”

     

    Memberships
    - The Gas Matters club (joint venture of ESO/MPA/MPE)
    - MPE-CAS journal club
    - ESO star formation coffee
    - NOVA Network II, “Formation and evolution of stars and planets”


    Activities
    - Co-organizer “The Early life of Stellar Clusters” as LOC, held at the Niels Bohr International Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark
    - Organizer “Monday lunch” talks, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, NL
    - Chairman “Dutch ISM group”, a bi-weekly gathering for the field
    - Co-organizer “Discover the Hidden Universe”, a national outreach project
    - Co-organizer Science LinX, a public workshop on infrared astronomy


    Language
    Dutch (Native, bilingual proficiency)
    Turkish (Native, bilingual proficiency)
    English (Full professional proficiency)
    German (Professional proficiency)


    Computing
    I have skills in performing large-scale magnetohydrodynamic simulations, supercomputing, combining multi-physics codes, working with databases, and programming in various languages.

    - Linux, macOS, Windows
    - Python, Fortran, IDL, Matlab, C (principals)
    - bash, SciPy, R (principals)
    - KiDA, NIST
    - LATEX, Excel, emacs, Kile, Mathematica, Office ( MS/open ), html


    Research Areas: Experiences and Expertises

    major specialties
    • Astrochemistry - I currently work in the field of astrochemistry in which I have 4 years of experience. I specialize in the numerical modeling of chemical rate reactions and in the details of the chemical processes on dust grain surfaces.
    • Star formation - I have worked in the field of star formation for the past 7 years, but the focus of my work has shifted toward the link with astrochemistry in the last few years. I specialized in the fields of the IMF (initial mass function) and AGN (active galactic nuclei).
    • Cloud evolution - The focus of my recent work, since 2.5 years ago, is on the evolution of interstellar clouds, with astrochemistry being the major constituent. The phases I study are: diffuse clouds, translucent clouds, clumps, dense (prestellar) cores, and filaments. I combine the chemical calculations on micro scales with the physics operating on large scales, such as, turbulence, gravity, magnetic fields, and thermodynamics.
    • Interstellar ices - In the past 2 years, I gained expertises in the formation and destruction of interstellar ices from a modeling perspective, but also by utilizing observations. My latest works involve analytical calculations of the (ice-covered) dust temperature, modeling of the ice composition, and observations of H 2 O and CO ices.
    • Hydrodynamic simulations - Since the early stages of my Ph.D., my research has mostly been focused on theoretical and numerical work. I have 9 years of experience with hydrodynamical codes. I have used the adaptive mesh refinement magnetohydrodynamical code Flash for most of my work. I am generally experienced with grid-based codes, but also possess some knowledge of Monte Carlo and smoothed particle hydrodynamics codes.

    minor specialties
    • AGN - My thesis work consisted of studying active galactic environments. I have spent about 4 years in this field. Currently, I am less involved with AGN, but still am fascinated in the topic, which I express by attending talks and meetings in the field.
    • Magnetic fields - I studied the role of magnetic fields in star-forming regions in 2012. I have also investigated the magnetic scaling relations during my Ph.D. Currently, I am engaged in adding magnetic fields into my astrochemical calculations in order to study their relation. I intend to expand it to include non-ideal magnetic field terms in the future.
    • Protoplanetary disks - In my previous position as well as my present one, I have had much contact with people working in the field of protoplanetary disks. I collaborate with experts on projects focused on the details of surface chemistry in protoplanetary disks. I see this as one of the major steps in my endeavor to ultimately astrochemically link clouds, cores, comets and cold planets through the fundamentals of cosmic ices.
    • Radio observations - My masters project consisted of imaging Quasar 4C 34.47. For this, I used the 1.4 and 5 GHz observations of VLA to create radio maps and, alongside that, to find the depolarization asymmetry in the radio lobes of the record jet of Quasar 4C 34.47.
    • International space missions - I was involved, albeit briefly, with the Herschel space telescope instrument HIFI, built by SRON/Groningen. I participated in related workshops on data analysis. I currently am a consortium member of the Spica/Safari space mission in the working group “Star and Planet Formation and Evolution”, which is expected to be launched in 2026. On top of that, ESA’s comet mission Rosetta has captivated me. As such, I wish to extend my involvement in major upcoming projects, such as the NASA missions Jwst (2018) and New Horizons (2019), and the ESA mission Juice (2022).
     

     


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