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Richard de Grijs

Professor of Astrophysics/Academic skills trainer (freelance) - School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Macquarie University | Sydney , Australia

Education, History, Physics, Space Sciences
Spoken languages:
English, French, German, Spanish
Available for mentoring and open to collaboration.
Support Level:
Long-term mentoring and support, Short-term mentoring and support
Support Offered:
Writing, Article planning, Dealing with the publishing process, Language polishing/light editing, Presentation planning, Proposal development, Publication ethics, Responding to peer review, Table and figure design, Literature reviews, News articles, Career mentoring, Data analysis

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Education, Space Sciences, Physics, History
Research Keywords:
Physics-related, particularly (but not exclusively) astronomy, astrophysics, optics, photovoltaics, science education, science outreach, history of science.
Collaboration interests:
I am happy to support junior scientists in the Global South, but I prefer to do this in a comprehensive manner. I don't offer just language editing as stand-alone service (don't ask). Interests: (astro)physics, optics, education, history of science.
Richard de Grijs is an academic and journal editor with more than 25 years of experience in Physics and Astronomy. After obtaining his PhD from the University of Groningen (Netherlands) in 1997, he held postdoctoral positions at the University of Virginia (USA) and the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge (UK), before being appointed to a permanent post at the University of Sheffield (UK) in 2003. He joined the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University (China) in September 2009 as a full professor, where he was promoted to Associate Director in 2012. In March 2018, Richard moved to Macquarie University in Sydney (Australia) as Associate Dean (Global Engagement) and Professor of Astrophysics. Richard has served as a scientific editor at The Astrophysical Journal (the leading professional journal in his field) since 2006 and took on the role of deputy editor of The Astrophysical Journal Letters in September 2012 (until June 2018). Since early 2021, he is now an Associate Editor of the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage. Richard was awarded the 2012 Selby Award for excellence in science by the Australian Academy of Science, as well as a 2013 Visiting Academy Professorship at Leiden University by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Richard has since become the founding director of the East Asian Office of Astronomy for Development (2012-2017), an institution under the auspices of the International Astronomical Union, a role in which he juggled scientific development as well as public outreach and schools liaison efforts. He was awarded a 2017 Erskine award by the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in part for his engagement with undergraduate students. His current senior appointments include a role as Executive Director of the International Space Science Institute--Beijing, membership of the Australian Advisory Board of the Australia-China Consortium for Astrophysical Research for the Australian federal government's Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER), and President of Division C (Education, Outreach and Heritage) of the International Astronomical Union.
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