Dirk Ryckbosch started his research career in nuclear and hadronic physics, before switching to particle physics with the HERMES experiment at the HERA-collider in DESY. Between 2001 and 2003 he was spokesperson for the HERMES-experiment. He is a signing member of the IceCube and CMS-experiments.
In 2000 he was appointed full professor in particle physics at Ghent University, where he established the research group on Experimental Particle Physics. The group of approximately 30 researchers is active in the CMS, IceCube and SoLid experiments. Since 2006 he is head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Ghent University.
He has organized Masterclasses on Particle Physics in Gent since 2005, and gave lectures at the "Kinderuniversiteit" (Children's university) on the IceCube neutrino telescope, and life at the South Pole. In 2005 he also organized the activities in Gent for the World Year of Physics: a "Physics Spectacular Show" (safety goggles and ear protection were a must!), and a series of "Saturdays of Physics" lectures for the general public.
Dirk has been Denmark’s representative to IPPOG since 2014 taking over from Jorgen D'Hondt.