J. M. Diederik Kruijssen

ERC & Emmy Noether Research Group Leader
Astronomisches Rechen-Institut

Heidelberg University


I am an Emmy Noether Research Group Leader and an ERC Starting Grant holder at the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ARI) of the Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg (ZAH), as well as a visiting scientist at the Max-Planck Institut für Astronomie in Heidelberg. Previously, I was tenure-track Gliese Fellow at the ARI/ZAH, MPA Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching bei München and an NWO Toptalent PhD Fellow at Utrecht University.

My research ranges from the formation of stars and planets to the large-scale assembly of stellar mass and galaxy formation. The common theme is galactic star formation across cosmic time. In my view, we can learn a lot from the high-resolution observations of star formation in the Milky Way, but at the same time it is obvious that the quiescent, low-pressure conditions in our Galaxy are not representative for how most stars in the history of the Universe formed. If we truly wish to understand the physics of star formation and feedback across cosmic time, we need to come up with ways to constrain these in distant galaxies as well. This is an unsolved challenge, but we are making good progress! My group’s contributions to finding the solution involve observational, theoretical, and numerical work, usually drawing inspiration from recent (or upcoming) observational data. I often aim to connect different spatial scales, techniques or disciplines, which can lead to surprising results and insights.

Downloadable data sets or code related to my published work can be found in the projects section.

If you are interested in joining our group as a postdoc, PhD student, or for a MSc/BSc thesis project, please have a look at the projects section and at the MUSTANG group website to see what we are currently working on and get in touch through the contact page.


About Me