(last update: April 2022)
full CV in pdf


  • PhD in Astrophysics (Cum Laude), Radboud University, The Netherlands 2017-2021
    supervisors: Gijs Nelemans, Alina G. Istrate, & Onno Pols
    thesis: "Tales of the uncommon: massive binary stars and gravitational-wave sources" (4 first-author papers: see ads)
  • MSc. in Astronomy, University of Warsaw, Poland, 2017
    thesis supervisor: Chris Belczynski
    thesis: "Dynamical formation of black hole low-mass X-ray binaries in the field: an alternative to the common envelope" (published in MNRAS: ads link)
  • BSc. in Physics, University of Warsaw, Poland, 2015
    thesis supervisor: Łukasz Wyrzykowski
    thesis: "Robust Filtering of Artifacts in Difference Imagining for Rapid Transients Detection" (published in ActaAstronomica: ads link)


13 papers in refereed journals (A&A, ApJ, MNRAS, AcA), >530 citations
including 6 first-author papers.            ADS link

Awards & Grants

  • (~200 k€) "Generation of the Future" grant to kick-start a physics students' lab, 2014, 2015
  • (~15 k€) Scholarships from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland, 2012, 2015, 2016
  • 5th place at the International Physicists’ Tournament, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2014
  • Bronze Medal, International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 2012
  • Honorable Mention, 5th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, Katowice, Poland, 2011

Other training

  • (summer school) "Gravitational Waves" in Les Houches (Jul 2018, 4 weeks)
  • (observing) ~ 25 nights at Bologna Astronomical Observatory in Loiano
    follow-up of Gaia alerts for the Gaia Science Follow-up Group (years 2015-2017)
  • (research intern) globular cluster modelling with Mirek Giersz at Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, Warsaw, PL (Aug-Sep 2016)

Teaching & outreach

I was a teaching assistant to a number of courses at the Radboud University:
  • Advanced Stellar and Binary Evolution (MSc course)
  • Gravity and the Cosmos (twice, MSc course)
  • Nuclear Evolution of the Universe (BSc course)
  • Galaxy Formation and Evolution (twice, MSc course)
I was involved in organization of the Dutch Astronomy Olympiad (2019) in Nijmegen.
I am a member of the Almukantarat Astronomy Club - a non-profit organization based in Poland whose main goal is popularization of science among young people. I served as a volunteer lecturer at annual summer camps for high school students in years 2012-2018, co-organized science camps, outreach picnics, and many others.
Jakub Klencki, ESO Fellow

European Southern Observatory

Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 2
‍85748 Garching bei München