Stan Bentvelsen new director of Nikhef

14 August 2014

Professor Stan Bentvelsen (University of Amsterdam/Nikhef) has been appointed as director of the National Institute for Subatomic Physics Nikhef with effect from 1 December 2014. He succeeds professor Frank Linde, whose second term as director will end at the end of this year. Bentvelsen (49) is currently professor at the University of Amsterdam and director of the Institute for High Energy Physics of the University of Amsterdam. He is also a member of FOM’s Governing Board. In the run-up to and during the discovery of the Higgs particle he was responsible for the Dutch contribution to the ATLAS experiment in his capacity as programme leader. Bentvelsen will be employed by FOM, but will retain his professorship at the University of Amsterdam. His appointment is for a period of five years with the possibility of a single reappointment for the same duration.

Professor Stan Bentvelsen has been appointed as the new director of Nikhef. Credits: Jan Willem Steenmeijer.Professor Stan Bentvelsen has been appointed as the new director of Nikhef. Credits: Jan Willem Steenmeijer.

Stan Bentvelsen was born in Den Hoorn. He studied theoretical physics at the University of Amsterdam where he gained his PhD (cum laude) in experimental physics for research at the HERA accelerator in Hamburg. After that he worked at CERN for six years, first as a fellow and then as a staff scientist. In 2000, he came to Nikhef as a senior researcher and started with the preparations for the ATLAS experiment at CERN. Since 2005, Bentvelsen has been professor of ‘Collider Physics at the LHC’ at the University of Amsterdam and in 2006 he received a Vici grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO.) Together with Frank Linde, Bentvelsen received the 2013 'Physicaprijs' from the Dutch Physical Society for their contributions to the discovery of the Higgs particle using the ATLAS detector at CERN. He is a member of the CERN contact committee, teaches students, and actively contributes to outreach activities.

FOM director Wim van Saarloos is enthusiastic about the appointment: "We warmly congratulate Stan with this fantastic and at the same time challenging job and are extremely pleased that he has immediately stated his willingness to lead Nikhef over the next few years. Both within the discipline and on a national scale there are exciting years ahead of us and I look forward to working with him and benefiting from his broad experience within CERN, Nikhef and universities." Stan Bentvelsen: "Both particle and astroparticle physics are entering an exciting period because a number of groundbreaking experiments will be showing new results. Nikhef is a wonderful institute that coordinates the Dutch contribution and I am honoured to lead the institute in the coming years."

The Governing Board of the FOM Foundation has decided to appoint Bentvelsen supported by the Nikhef Board and following the positive advice from the Nikhef Works Council.

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