Jasper van Wezel - Curriculum Vitae


  Personal Data

  • Address:
    Room C4.260
    Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITFA)
    Institute of Physics (IOP)
    University of Amsterdam
    Science Park 904
    1098 XH Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

  • Further contact information:
    tel: +31 (0)20 525 5746
    email: physics@jvanwezel.com
    website: www.jvanwezel.com

  • Nationality:
    Dutch

  • Date of birth:
    31-12-1979




  Employment
  • 2016 - present: Associate Professor (UHD) in Condensed Matter Theory, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  • 2016 - present: Associate Fellow, Homerton College, University of Cambridge, UK.

  • 2014 - 2016: Assistant Professor (UD) in Condensed Matter Theory, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  • 2014 - 2015: Visiting scientist, University of Bristol, UK.

  • 2012 - 2014: Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Condensed Matter Theory, University of Bristol, UK.

  • 2010 - 2012: Aneesur Rahman Fellowship, Argonne National Laboratory, IL, USA.

  • 2007 - 2010: Junior Research Fellowship, Homerton College, University of Cambridge, UK.

  • 2003 - 2007: PhD student in theoretical condensed matter physics, Leiden University, The Netherlands.

  • 1999 - 2002: Tutor at high school, institute “Mentor”, Leiden, The Netherlands.



  Education
  • 2014: Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs (Dutch teaching certificate), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  • 2013: Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCHE), University of Bristol, UK.

  • 2007: PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics (cum laude), Leiden University, The Netherlands.
    Promotors: Jeroen van den Brink & Jan Zaanen.

  • 2003: Master’s diploma in theoretical condensed matter physics (cum laude), Leiden University, The Netherlands.
    thesis advisor: Jan Zaanen.

  • 2000: Exchange program: Six months in the graduate school of Utah State University, Utah, USA.

  • 1998: US High School Diploma (cum laude), Sanford High School, Maine, USA.

  • 1997: Dutch VWO Diploma (cum laude), Dalton Scholengemeenschap, Den Haag, The Netherlands.



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  Scientific Interests

All of Condensed Matter Theory.
Recent focus includes:
  • Competing instabilities in Charge Density Wave materials.
    • Superconductivity and Charge Order.
    • Combined Charge and Orbital Order.

  • Quasicrystalline Charge Order.
Connections between Quantum and Classical behaviour.
  • Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking.
    • in equilibrium: The role of the Thin Spectrum.
    • dynamically: Spontaneous loss of Unitarity.
    • both: Spontaneous Thermalization






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  Research Visits
  • Mar 2018: Louk Rademaker and Aron Beekman, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada.
  • Feb 2017: Luca Chirolli, IMDEA, Madrid, Spain.
  • Mar 2014: Tom Devereaux and Krzysztof Wohlfeld, Stanford University, CA, USA.
  • Jul 2013: Jeroen van den Brink, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden, Germany.
  • May 2011: Jeroen van den Brink, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden, Germany.
  • Apr 2011: Frank Weber, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.
  • Feb 2010: Jan Zaanen, Institute-Lorentz for Theoretical Physics, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
  • Jan 2010: Cristian Batista, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA.
  • Aug 2009: Cristiane de Morais Smith, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.



  Invited Speaker at International Conferences
  • Jun 2017: “Superstripes 2017: Quantum in Complex Matter”, Ischia, Italy.
  • May 2017: “Trends in Theory”, biennial DRSTP meeting, Dalfsen, The Netherlands.
  • Oct 2016: “ECNF16: European Conference on NanoFilms”, Bilbao, Spain
  • Jul 2016: “GRC: Correlated Electron Systems”, Mount Holyoke College, MA, USA
  • Sep 2015: “ETQR 15: Experimental Tests of Quantum Reality”, Oxford, UK.
  • Jun 2015: “Superstripes 2015: Quantum in Complex Matter”, Ischia, Italy.
  • Sep 2014: “DICE 2014: Spacetime - Matter - Quantum Mechanics”, Castiglioncello, Italy.
  • Jun 2014: “IMS 2014: Itinerant Magnetism and Superconductivity”, Dresden, Germany.
  • Jun 2014: “CIMTEC 2014: 13th International Ceramics Congress”, Montecatini Terme, Italy.
  • Aug 2013: “The 2013 UK-NL Condensed Matter Meeting”, Bristol, UK.
  • Jun 2013: “CMP in the City 2013”, London, UK.
  • May 2013: “Superstripes 2013: Quantum in Complex Matter”, Ischia, Italy.
  • Jan 2013: “The first Bristol-Kyoto Symposium”, Bristol, UK.
  • May 2012: “ICSM 2012, International Conference on Superconductivity and Magnetism”, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Aug 2011: “SCES 2011, Strongly Correlated Electron Systems”, Cambridge, UK.
  • Aug 2011: “ECRYS-2011, International Workshop on Electronic Crystals”, Institute of Scientific Studies, Cargese, France.
  • Apr 2009: “Routes to Superconductivity at Ambient Conditions”, International Centre for Condensed Matter Physics, Brasilia, Brazil.
  • Nov 2008: “Critical Fluctuations in Spin and Charge Systems”, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Sep 2008: “Quantum Coherence and Decoherence”, Benasque, Spain.
  • Aug 2008: Workshop: “Quantum Decoherence and Quantum Information Science”, Lorentz Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.



Invited Speaker at Local Seminars and Colloquia
  • Jun 2017: Quantum Matter seminar, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • May 2017: COLLOQUIUM: Institute of Physics Colloquium, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Mar 2017: Condensed Matter Physics Seminar, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA.
  • Mar 2017: Condensed Matter Theory Seminar, MIT, Boston, MA, USA.
  • Feb 2017: IMDEA Seminar, IMDEA, Madrid, Spain.
  • Jun 2016: Condensed Matter Seminar, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland.
  • Jun 2016: Condensed Matter Seminar, University of Warsaw, Poland.
  • Sep 2015: Delta-ITP quantum and topological matter triangle meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Apr 2015: Theory Seminar, University of Bristol, UK.
  • Jan 2015: COLLOQUIUM: Science Faculty Colloquium, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Oct 2014: COLLOQUIUM: Physics Colloquium, University of Bristol, UK.
  • Jul 2014: Theoretical physics seminar, Loughborough University, UK.
  • Jun 2014: CMMP seminar, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL, London, UK.
  • Apr 2014: Nanoscience Seminar, University of Bath, UK.
  • Mar 2014: SIMES Seminar, SLAC, Stanford University, CA, USA.
  • Feb 2014: Condensed Matter Seminar, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain.
  • Dec 2013: Condensed Matter Theory Seminar, The University of Nottingham, UK.
  • Jul 2013: Extra Seminar, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden, Germany.
  • Jul 2013: Research Seminar, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden, Germany.
  • Jan 2013: Joint Seminar for PI and IFP, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.
  • Nov 2012: Condensed Matter Seminar, Royal Holloway University of London, UK.
  • Oct 2012: Fluids and Materials Seminar, University of Bristol, UK.
  • Sep 2012: CMT seminar, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
  • Jun 2012: Quantum Matter Seminar, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Jun 2012: Physics Seminar, University of Bristol, UK.
  • Dec 2011: Condensed Matter Seminar, Harvard University, USA.
  • May 2011: Research Seminar, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden, Germany.
  • Apr 2011: Condensed Matter Physics Seminar, Temple University, PA, USA.
  • Apr 2011: Lorentz Seminar, Institute-Lorentz for Theoretical Physics, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
  • Apr 2011: Institute Seminar, Institute for Solid State Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.
  • Jun 2010: Mesoscopic Physics Seminar, University of Wuerzburg, Germany.
  • Jun 2010: ITFA colloquium, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Mar 2010: UoM Theoretical Physics Seminar, University of Manchester, UK.
  • Mar 2010: Condensed Matter Theory Seminar, Argonne National Laboratory, IL, USA.
  • Feb 2010: Lorentz Seminar, Institute-Lorentz for Theoretical Physics, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
  • Feb 2010: Mineral Sciences Seminar, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Jan 2010: Physics Special Seminar, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Jan 2010: Condensed Matter Theory Seminar, Stanford University, CA, USA.
  • Jan 2010: Condensed Matter Theory Seminar, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA.
  • Aug 2009: CMT seminar, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
  • Jan 2008: Lorentz Seminar, Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
  • Nov 2006: Theory of Condensed Matter seminar, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Jul 2005: Quantum Algorithms Seminar, CWI Amsterdam, The Netherlands.



  Workshops and Conferences Organized
  • May 2017: Member of the programme committee for the biennial DRSTP Dutch Theoretical Physics Meeting, Dalfsen, The Netherlands.
  • Jan 2017: Organiser of Focus Session, Physics@FOM Veldhoven, The Netherlands.
  • Jan 2016: Member of the sub-programme committee for strongly correlated systems, Physics@FOM Veldhoven, The Netherlands.
  • Sep 2015: Organized the “2015 UK-NL Condensed Matter Meeting” at the University of Amsterdam, NL.
  • Jun 2015: Co-organized the “Low-D Quantum Condensed Matter 2015” conference at the University of Amsterdam, NL.
  • 2013-2014: Organized the Theory Seminars at the University of Bristol, UK.
  • Aug 2013: Organized the “2013 UK-NL Condensed Matter Meeting” at the University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
  • Sep 2010: Organized the “3rd Annual UK-NL Condensed Matter Meeting” at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.
  • May 2009: Scientific coordinator for the workshop “Cambridge - Leiden: easyMeeting on Quantum Matter” in the Lorentz Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • 2007-2010: Organized the Homerton Research Seminar series for Homerton College, Cambridge, UK.
  • Nov 2008: Organized the workshop “Critical Fluctuations in Spin and Charge Systems” (together with Montu Saxena and Stephen Rowley) in Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK.



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  Teaching Experience
  • 2018-present: Designed, developed and taught the MSc lecture course on Statistical Physics and Condensed Matter Theory, and its extension, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2015 - present: Co-developed and co-taught the lecture course Quantum Mechanics for high school teachers, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2018: Designed, developed and taught an MSc/PhD level course on Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking as part of the D-ITP Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics programme, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2017: Co-taught the MSc lecture course on Statistical Physics and Condensed Matter Theory, and its extension, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2015 - 2017: Designed, developed and taught the lecture course on third year Condensed Matter Physics, Amsterdam University College, The Netherlands
  • Mar 2016: Developed and taught a graduate lecture course on symmetry breaking for the Dutch national CondMat summerschool.
  • 2015 - 2016: Co-developed and co-taught the graduate lecture course “Topological Phases of Matter”, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2013 - 2014: Designed, developed and taught the lecture course on third year Quantum Mechanics, University of Bristol, UK.
  • spring 2014: Developed and taught the graduate lecture course “The Higgs effect, gauge symmetry and superconductivity”, University of Bristol, UK.
  • 2012 - 2014: mentor for both third and fourth year literature research projects, University of Bristol, UK.
  • 2012 - 2014: supervisor for both first and second year tutorials, University of Bristol, UK.
  • spring 2009: Graduate lecture, Theory of Condensed Matter group, Cambridge University, UK.
  • fall 2007 - spring 2010: Supervisor at Homerton College for first and second year physics (SR, CM, EM, QM and CondMat), Homerton College, Cambridge University, UK.
  • spring 2006: Teaching assistant and tutor for the Statistical Physics class of Peter Denteneer, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
  • spring 2004 and spring 2005: Teaching assistant and tutor for the Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics class of Jeroen van den Brink, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
  • spring 2002 and spring 2003: Teaching assistant and tutor for the Condensed Matter Theory class of Jan Zaanen, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
  • fall 2003 - spring 2007: Online tutor for High School students, “pws-exact.leidenuniv.nl”, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • 1999/2000 and 2001/2002: Tutor for High School Students, Institute “mentor”, Leiden, The Netherlands.



  Students Supervised
  • Shan Zhu, PostDoc, 2015 - 2018.

  • Jans Henke, PhD, 2018 - present.
  • Joris Kattemolle, PhD, 2016 - present.
  • Mariya Lizunova, PhD, 2016 - present.
  • Jorrit Kruthoff, PhD, 2015 - present.
  • Ana Cristina Oliveira Silva, PhD, 2015 - present.
  • Felix Flicker, PhD, 2012 - 2015. [currently at the University of Oxford]

  • Joris Carmiggelt, MSc, 2017 - 2018.
  • Tom Vonk, MSc, 2017 - 2018.
  • Patrick Verhagen, MSc, 2017 - 2018.
  • Jans Henke, MSc, 2016 - 2017.
  • Jonas Veenstra, MSc, 2016 - 2017.
  • Harry Gordon-Moys, MSci, 2013 - 2014.
  • Camilla Mapstone, MSci, 2013 - 2014.
  • Jorrit Rijnbeek, MSc, 2009 (Co-Supervisor).

  • Jasper Kager, BSc, 2018.
  • Stan de Lange, BSc, 2018.
  • Robert Pater, BSc, 2017.
  • Maurits Tepaske, BSc, 2017.
  • Sachith Mendis, BSc, 2017.
  • Eloy de Jong, BSc, 2016.
  • Bernet Meijer, BSc, 2016.
  • Sam Kuypers, BSc, 2016.
  • Paul Hofma, BSc, 2015.
  • Jans Henke, BSc, 2015.

  • David Newman, Summer Project, 2014.
  • Will Hamlyn, Summer Project, 2013.
  • Elliot Christou, Summer Project, 2013.



Member of PhD Committees
  • May 2018: Shyama Varier Ramankutty, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Feb 2018: Marc de Voogd, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
  • Mar 2017: Sebas Eliens, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Oct 2016: Rianne van den Berg, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Sep 2016: Ke Liu, Leiden Universtiy, The Netherlands.
  • Sep 2016: Corentin Morice, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Mar 2016: Thessa Fokkema, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Nov 2013: Bayan Mazidian, University of Bristol, UK.
  • Oct 2013: Andreas Koenig, Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany.
  • Feb 2013: Adam Voysey, University of Bristol, UK.



  Administrative Experience
  • 2018-present: Member of the NANO committee of the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO-ENW), NL.
  • 2018-present: Member of the educational committee for the Dutch Research School in Theoretical Physics, NL.
  • 2017-present: Coordinator of the Theory Track of the Physics MSc programme, University of Amsterdam, NL.
  • 2016-present: Treasurer of “Stichting SiPostd”, the foundation that runs the open-access publishing portal SciPost.org.
  • 2008-2010: Member of the College Council of Homerton College, Cambridge, UK.
  • 2008-2010: Research Outreach Coordinator at Homerton College, Cambridge, UK.
  • 2008-2010: Member of the IT Committee of Homerton College, Cambridge, UK.
  • 2007-2010: Member of the Governing Body of Homerton College, Cambridge, UK.
  • 2005-2007: Member of the Institute Council at LION (Leiden Institute of Physics), Leiden, The Netherlands.



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  Grants
  • IoP internal competition, starting Fall 2018 (1 PostDoc).

  • IoP internal competition, starting Spring 2018 (1 PhD).

  • Royal Society International Exchange Scheme, November 2017 (GBP 6k).

  • QuSoft project, starting Fall 2016 (1 PhD).

  • Delta-ITP project, together with Cristiane de Morais Smith (Utrecht University), starting Fall 2016 (1 PhD).

  • Delta-ITP project, together with Jan de Boer (University of Amsterdam) and Jan Zaanen (Leiden University), starting Fall 2015 (1 PhD).

  • Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) conference grant, to support organization of “The 2015 UK-NL Condensed Matter Meeting”, held in Amsterdam, NL in September 2015 (EURO 6k).

  • Awarded a VIDI personal grant (part of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme) by NWO, the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research, Oct 2014 (EURO 0.8M).

  • Co-investigator in the Leverhulme Trust research programme grant “Scientific properties of complex knots”, awarded by the Leverhulme Trust, March 2014 (GBP 1.7M).

  • Member of the ‘COST action’ grant “Towards Oxide-based Electronics (TO-BE)”, funded by the European cooperation in science and technology, November 2013 (EURO 140k).

  • University of Bristol Black Swan funding, to support organization of “The 2013 UK-NL Condensed Matter Meeting”, to be held in Bristol, UK in August 2013 (GBP 3k).

  • EPSRC Workshop Grant, to support organization of “The 3rd Annual UK-NL Condensed Matter Meeting”, held in Cambridge, UK in September 2010 (GBP 7k).

  • Royal Society International Travel Grant, March 2010 (GBP 2.5k).

  • I2CAM Travel Award, January 2010 (USD 2.5k).

  • Grant-in-aid from the Partnership Programme in Science, run jointly by the British Council in The Netherlands and the Platform Beta Techniek, for the workshop “Critical Fluctuations in Spin and Charge Systems”, held in Cambridge, UK in November 2008 (GBP 4k).

  • Rubicon postdoctoral research grant, NWO, The Netherlands, August 2007 (declined, due to conflict with fellowship appointment).




Prizes and Distinctions
  • Awarded a “Bristol Physics Teaching Award” by the Physics department of the University of Bristol, UK, Oct 2014. Awarded for the best lecture course within the department of physics during 2013/2014.

  • Awarded the “Students' Award for Outstanding Teaching” as part of the 2014 Bristol Teaching Awards, University of Bristol, UK, May 2014. Awarded for the best teaching within the faculty of sciences during 2013/2014, as determined by its students.

  • Appointed Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), Jan 2014. In recognition of commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education.

  • Aneesur Rahman Fellowship, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA. One of three fellowships awarded annually to doctoral scientists in any field of research within the natural sciences (Fellowship held from October 2010 through September 2012).

  • Junior Research Fellowship, Homerton College, Cambridge, UK. One of approximately forty awarded annually by the Colleges of the University of Cambridge to doctoral scientists in any field of research (Fellowship held from October 2007 through September 2010).

  • Research was elected the physics “Discovery of the year” by the Physics department of Leiden University in 2005. Consequently featured as the contribution from the Physics department in the annual booklet “What we are proud of”, published by the department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands, December 2005.

  • “Onderwijsprijs Natuurkunde 2004/2005”, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands, November 2005. (Awarded by the student population for best teaching in the Physics department in the year 2004/2005.)



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