I joined the Centre for Space Research of the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus in 2002 as a graduate student. I completed my MSc (cum laude) and PhD in 2004 and 2008, under supervision of the late prof. Okkie de Jager.
I am a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society (2002 – present; top 15% of graduates), the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP; 2002 - present), the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP; 2006 - present), the African Astronomical Society (AfAS; 2011 - present) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU; 2012 - present).
I was appointed physics lecturer in 2005, and was promoted to senior lecturer in January 2009. I successfully applied for a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellowship, and spent 2009 at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA as a postdoc, working under supervision of a world leader in gamma-ray pulsar modelling, dr. Alice K. Harding.
I am co-author of 9 peer-reviewed papers, 4 peer-reviewed proceedings, 17 conference proceedings, 110 H.E.S.S. papers, and 22 Fermi papers. NASA ADS lists in excess of 8 000 citations to these papers, giving an h-index of 51 (Web of Science gives 5 768 citations, and an h-index of 44). For the non-Collaboration papers, NASA ADS lists 185 citations, giving an h-index of 7 (Web of Science lists 84 citations, and an h-index of 5). I have also reviewed 6 papers.
I have attended 24 international and 10 local conferences and gave 3 plenary talks. I was appointed supervisor of a Master's student (2010), and co-supervisor of two others (2011, 2012). I have supervised / co-supervised four 10-week Honours-level research projects, and was examiner of one Master’s thesis. I have acted as a co-chair of the scientific organizing committee (SOC) and chair of the local organizing committee (LOC) for the conference, The Cosmic Kaleidoscope, held in Kruger Park, August, 2012.