Selma de Mink studied physics and mathematics at Utrecht University and finished her PhD there with a thesis on “Stellar evolution at low metallicity” in 2010. Postdoc positions at the University of Bonn, the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore and the California Institute for Technology and Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena. Professor at the University of Amsterdam in 2014. Professor at Harvard University in 2019. Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics since late 2020.