About & CV

Scan 2 (1)I am the spokesperson of the Center of Excellence in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics, GRAPPA (Gravitation, AstroParticle Physics Amsterdam), and an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam, where I lead a research team investigating topics at the interface between Particle Physics and Cosmology.

After a PhD at the University of Oxford and the Institute of Astrophysics in Paris, I have held teaching and research positions at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the University of Padova, the IAP in Paris and the University of Zurich, before moving to Amsterdam.

I am the editor-in-chief of the new “Physics of the Dark Universe” journal.

I have recently published my first popular science book “Behind the Scenes of the Universe: from the Higgs to Dark Matter“, with Oxford University Press. The French edition of the book has won in 2015 the ‘Ciel et Espace’ prize for the best Astronomy book.

More information about me and my work can be found in the  

FULL CV (updated September 2017). 

Brief Curriculum Vitae (click to expand)

Academic experience

Since October 2011 – Institute for Theoretical Physics, U. of Amsterdam, NL. Associate Professor (Hoofddocent UHD1)
Since April 2006 – Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, France. Permanent CNRS Researcher (2007-2009 Coordinator of the Theoretical Physics group)
October 2009 – October 2011 – Institute for Theoretical Physics, U. of Zurich, CH. Visiting Professor (on leave of absence from IAP Paris)
October2005 – March 2007 – Department of Physics, U. of Padova, Italy . INFN/DESY Research Associate, Helmholtz association fellow
October2003 – September 2005 – Particle Astrophysics Center, Fermilab, Chicago USA. Research Associate, Theoretical Astrophysics group
October 2003 – September 2005 – Associate Fellow at Center for Cosmological Physics, U. of Chicago


September 2000 – September 2003 – Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, Paris, France. PhD in Physics (with felicitations du Jury). Advisors: G. Sigl and J. Silk
September 2000 – September 2001 – University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. Marie Curie visiting PhD student
September1999 – August 2000 – Observatoire de Paris – Meudon, Paris, France. Master (DEA) in Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
September1993 – July 1999 Undergraduate studies at U. of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy. “Laurea” in Theoretical Physics.

Professional Activities

Expert reviewer for: ERC, European Research Council;NSF, National Science Foundation, USA; ASI, Italian Space Agency; ANVUR; MIUR, Italy; NSERC, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; STFC, Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK; ANR, Agence Nationale pour la Recherche, France
Since 2011Editor-in-chief, Physics of the Dark Universe, Elsevier
Since 2013 – Member, Committee for Astroparticle physics in the Netherlands (CAN)
Since 2012 – Member, Astroparticle Commission, Int. Union of Pure and Appl. Phys. (IUPAP)
Since 2012 – Member, Young Academy of Europe (YAE)
Manuscript referee for: Nature, Science, Phys.Rev.Lett., Phys.Rev. D., JCAP, Mon.Not.Roy.Astron.Soc., Astrophys. Journal, Astron. Astrophys., JHEP
2007 – 2011 – Coordinator of Dark Matter studies, French network `GdR Terascale
Since 2010 – Coordinator of Indirect Dark Matter searches, Spanish network `MultiDark
2007 – 2009Coordinator of the Theoretical Physics group, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris
2009 – 2011 – Member of the Conseil de Laboratoire, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris
2001 – 2002 – Associate scientist, Fundacao para a Sciencia e a Tecnologia, Portugual
2000 – 2002 – Member, European Network Supersymmetry and Early Universe

Grants & Fellowships

PI, ERC Starting Grant WIMPS Kairos (2011-2016)
Scientist in Charge, Marie Curie IIF fellowship (2014-1016)
Supervisor, Swedish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship (2014-2016)
Scientist in Charge, Individual Marie Curie fellowship IEF-235878 (2009 – 201)
Co-I, NWO Gravitation Program D-ITP: Matter at all scales (2013 – 2018)
Co-I, FOM Program (2013 – 2018)
Co-I, NASA Fermi Guest Investigator Cycle II Program (2009 – 2010)
Co-I, ANR project ToolsDMColl (2008 – 2012)
PI, CNRS Physique des 2 In finis postdoctoral grant (2008 – 2010)
Supervisor, Ville de Paris postdoctoral fellowship (2009)
Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres Fellowship (2005 – 2007)
Supported by Fermilab, DEAC02-76CH03000, and by NASA, NAG5-10842 (2003 – 2005)
Allocation de Recherche (French Government PhD fellowship) (2000 – 2003)
Marie Curie Visiting PhD Student at the U. of Oxford (2000 – 2001)

Organization of Conferences, Seminars and other activities

Chair of the conference series TeV Particle Astrophysics, held at: Fermilab, Batavia IL, USA 2005; U. of Wisconsin, Madison WI, USA 2006; Istituto Veneto, Venice, Italy 2007; IHEP, Beijing, China 2008; SLAC, Stanford U., Palo Alto CA, USA 2009; IAP Paris, France 2010; U. of Stockholm, Sweden 2011; TIFR Mumbai, India 2012; University of California, Irvine, USA 2013; University of Amsterdam, NL 2014
Member, International Advisory Committee, International Dark Matter series 2008 – present
Organizer, yearly Amsterdam-Paris-Stockholm meetings 2012-present
Organizer, UvA Institute of Physics Colloquia 2012-present
Organizer, weekly GRAPPA Club meetings 2012-present
Organizer, KITP workshop “Hunting for Dark Matter”, Santa Barbara, USA 2013
Organizer CosmoStat2013, Ban , Canada 2013
Organizer, Dark Universe Workshop, GGI Florence, Italy 2011
Convener, Astroparticle Physics session, EPS-HEP meeting, Grenoble FR 2011
Organizer, 2011 Aspen Winter Workshop, Aspen Co, USA 2011
Organizer, “Dark Matter All Around” Workshop, IAP Paris 2010
Chair, CTS Workshop “Dark Matter in the Sky and Underground”, ITP Zurich 2010
Co-Chair, “Gamma in Z” Workshop, ITP Zurich 2009
Co-Chair, TANGO in PARIS Workshop, IAP Paris France 2008
Organizer, \Cafe GReCO” weekly meetings at IAP 2007 – 2009
Organizer, \Ca e Teorico” meetings at INFN, Padova 2005 – 2006
Organizer, Fermilab Astrophysics Seminars 2004 – 2005
Organizer, Fermilab Astrophysics \Munch” Journal Club meetings 2004 – 2005

Postdocs, PhD and Master students

Jennifer Siegal-Gaskins (Marie Curie fellow) 2014-2016
Christopher McCabe (GRAPPA fellow) 2014-2017
Nassim Bozorgnia (ERC postdoc) 2014-2016
So fia Sivertsson (SRC postdoc) 2013-2015
Mark Lovell (D-ITP postdoc) 2013-2015
Douglas Spolyar (ERC postdoc) 2013-2014
Francesca Calore (ERC postdoc) 2013-2015
Christoph Weniger (GRAPPA fellow) 2012-2015
Maria Cabrera (ERC postdoc) 2012-2014
Chiara Arina (ERC postdoc) 2012-2013
Fabio Iocco (Marie Curie fellow) 2008-2011
Lidia Pieri (Ville de Paris fellow) 2008-2009
Gabrijela Zaharijas (P2I fellow) 2010-2011
PhD advisor of
Jaco de Swar (U. of Amsterdam, with J. van Dongen) 2016-2020
Sebastien Liem (U. of Amsterdam) 2013-2017
Hamish Silverwood (U. of Amsterdam) 2012-2016
Miguel Pato (IAP Paris, ITP Zurich) 2008-2011
Mattia Fornasa (IAP Paris/INFN) 2006-2009
Marco Taoso (IAP Paris/INFN) 2006-2009
Supervision of Master students
Jaco de Swart (U. of Amsterdam, with Jeroen van Dongen) 2013-2014
Mark Wanders (U. of Amsterdam) 2013-2014
Anna Gimbrere (U. of Amsterdam, with Ben Freivogel) 2013-2014
Margot Brouwer (U. of Amsterdam) 2012-2013
Vincent Bizouard (E. Polytechnique, Paris) 2011
Aion Viana da Escossia (E. Polytechnique, Paris) 2009
Supervision of PhD research projects
Eun-Joo Ahn (U. of Chicago) 2004-2005
Edoardo Rozo (U. of Chicago) 2004-2005
External examiner for PhD defenses of
Priscilla Pani (U. of Amsterdam) 2015
Daniel Cumberbatch (Doctor of Philosophy, U. of Oxford) 2009
Sofi a Sivertsson (U. of Stockholm) 2012
Giorgio Arcadi (SISSA, Italy)

Contact information

Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 904
Postbus 94485
1090 GL Amsterdam, NL
Phone: +31 20 525 7658
Email: g.bertone at uva.nl