Arie Riemer Dirk van Bergen

3 Brook Hey, Parkgate
Neston CH64 6TH
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 151 336 5256 (home), +44 7795 205015 (mobile)
E-mail: (business), (private)


Physical Scientist with 18 years experience in R&D of major multinational companies. Extensive experience in translating scientific advances into practical tools. Excellent skills in numerical analysis, software engineering and database technology. Teamworker who feels at home in multidisciplinary teams.

Employment History

2004 onwards: Director of Novidec Ltd.

2003 - 2004: Self-employed as scientific consultant. Focusing on developing and upgrading proprietary scientific software of customers, a.o. Lever Fabergé Europe

2000 - 2003: Unilever Research, Port Sunlight, United Kingdom. Science Base Leader "Performance Prediction" in Product Design Unit, Laundry Research (in addition to the Lead Scientist role below)

1999: Unilever Research, Port Sunlight, United Kingdom. Workstream Leader within Formulation Design project (in addition to the Lead Scientist role below).

1998-2003: Unilever Research, Port Sunlight, United Kingdom. Lead Scientist in Laundry Research. Research area: modelling the performance of laundry products. Other responsibilities: implementing the models in software tools, distributing these tools to the development centers worldwide, provide support and user training.

1996 - 1998: Shell International Exploration and Production B.V., The Netherlands. Technical consultant for various business units. Responsibilities: all compositional and thermodynamic aspects of oilfield planning; maintenance and support of appropriate software tools.

1993 - 1996: Koninklijke/Shell Laboratory, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Research Physicist in the Separation Technology department. Research area: thermodynamics of refinery processes.

1985-1993: Koninklijke/Shell Exploration and Production Laboratory, Rijswijk, The Netherlands. Research Physicist in the Reservoir Engineering department. Research area: phase behaviour of crude oils and natural gas, fluid characterisation, reservoir simulation.

1981-1984: University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Research Assistant. Research area: High-intensity light scattering by atoms in collision.

1976-1980: University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Teaching Assistant.

Education and Qualifications

PhD (1987), Atomic Physics, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
MSc (1980, cum laude), Theoretical Physics, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
BSc (1977, cum laude), Mathematics, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
BSc (1976, cum laude), Astronomy, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Skills and Areas of Expertise


Software Engineering:
25+ years experience in Fortran, extensive experience in C++, VB, web design (HTML, CGI), development, maintenance and support of large scale software applications on various platforms (Unix, Windows), including a chess program that participated twice in World Championships of Computer Chess

Theoretical Physics:
Statistical Physics, Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria, Quantum Optics

Computational Physics:
Monte Carlo methods, Molecular Dynamics

Numerical Analysis, Functional Analysis, Approximation Theory, Probability Theory, Statistics, Optimization.


Project management:
leading small teams of scientists (mix of BSc, MSc and PhD's)

frequent membership of ad-hoc teams to do short-term studies for operating companies

in Shell regularly invited to contribute expert input to standard petroleum engineering courses
in Unilever: delivered one-week courses in use of product-design-software at various innovation centres around the world


Presentation: numerous presentations at scientific symposia and conferences and at internal meetings, training courses, etc.

public: publications in refereed scientific journals
internal (confidential): research reports, training manuals, user guides

Languages: English, Dutch:       fluent
                    German:                adequate
                    Russian:                moderate knowledge (June 2011: passed GCSE exam with A* mark)
                    Portuguese:           basic knowledge

Personal details

Nationality:                                Dutch (The Netherlands)
Date of birth:                             10 June 1956

Other interests

Flying: obtained PPL (Private Pilot's Licence) in 2001


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