Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Egbert Westerhof

Date of birth: 6 August 1959
Place of birth: Zwolle, The Netherlands


·         Primary school, Zwolle, 1965-1971

·         PhD in Theoretical Plasma Physics, University of Utrecht, 1987 (cum laude)
PhD Thesis entitled "Electron cyclotron waves, transport and instabilities in hot plasmas" prepared at the FOM-Instituut voor Plasmafysica "Rijnhuizen" under the supervision of Prof. F. Engelmann (promotor) and Dr. W.J. Goedheer (copromotor)

Professional career:

From November 1983 I have been employed by the FOM-Institute DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research), which since May 2015 is located at the campus of the Eindhoven University of Technology. Previously the institute was known under the name FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen and was located at Nieuwegein (Netherlands).


At DIFFER / Rijnhuizen I have been employed in different positions:

1983-1987: Junior Scientist (PhD student) in the Theory Department

1988-1998: (Senior) Scientist in the Theory Department

1999-2000: Senior Scientist in the Experimental Plasma Physics Department

2001-April 2002: Senior scientist in the Electron Cyclotron Wave Physics group

May 2002-April 2007: Group leader of the Electron Cyclotron Wave physics group

May 2007-2009: Senior scientist in the Tokamak Physics group

Since 2010: Group leader for Computational Plasma Physics - High Temperature


Long term research assignments abroad

Six months in 1988: JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon (UK)

Three months in 1997: Theoretische Physik I (Prof. K. Spatschek), Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf (Germany)

1999-2008: Institut für Plasmaphysik (IPP), Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany) as member oft he FOM-team within the framework oft he Trilateral Euregio Cluster collaboration


Supervision of PhD students (copromotor)

1994: Arthur Peeters, High power RF heating and nonthermal distributions in tokamak plasmas, Eindhoven University of Technology.

1996: J.F.M. (Hans) van Gelder, Electron cyclotron wave absorption experiments in tokamak plasmas, Utrecht University

2004: Tarig Abdalla, Structures and turbulence in electron magnetohydrodynamics, Eindhoven University of Technology.

2006: Oleksiy Merkulov, Control of plasma profiles and stability through localised electron cyclotron current drive, Utrecht University.

2009: Johan Willem Oosterbeek, Towards a self-aiming microwave antenna to stabilise fusion plasmas, Eindhoven University of Technology.

2011: Bart Hennen, Feedback control for magnetic island suppression in tokamaks, Eindhoven University of Technology.

2011: Gert Witvoet, Feedback control and injection locking of the sawtooth oscillation in fusion plasmas, Eindhoven University of Technology.

2011: Diego De Lazzari, Stabilization of magnetic islands in tokamaks by localized heating and current drive, Eindhoven University of Technology.

2013: Bircan Ayten, Dynamical aspects of tearing mode suppression by electron cyclotron heating and current drive in tokamak plasmas, Eindhoven University of Technology.


Teaching experience:

In 1994,1995, and 1997 I have taught the course on Theoretical Plasma Physics (one semester, 2 lecture hours per week) for Master students at the University of Utrecht.

I have given lectures at the biannual Carolus Magnus Summer Schools (1993-present) on diverse topics including theory of wave propagation and absorption, electron cyclotron heating, and non-inductive current drive.

From 2010 I have been giving the lectures on wave propagation and RF heating within the Master course on Plasma Diagnostics and Heating at the Eindhoven University of Technology.


Committee memberships:

1999-2005: Member of the organization committee of the 4th through 7th biannual Carolus Magnus Summer School on Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy.

For the 4th school I served as scientific secretary and for the 7th school I served as chairman of the organization committee.

2011-2013: Member of the ASDEX Upgrade Programme Committee.

2012-2016: Chair of the International Programme Committee for the biannual Joint Workshops on Electron Cyclotron Emission and Electron Cyclotron Resonance Heating.