Ciska's main research interests centre on the formation and processing of dust in the interstellar medium. She led a Spitzer Legacy project (SAGE-Spec) which made an infrared spectroscopic inventory of the dust in a variety of Large Magellanic Cloud environments. She also has an extensive research track record in studying the properties of dust in AGN tori, starburst galaxies, the Milky Way interstellar medium, and the circumstellar environment of post- and pre-main sequence stars.
2002 PhD - supervisor: L.B.F.M. Waters, A.G.G.M. Tielens, A. de Koter, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1997 Master - supervisor: E.F. van Dishoeck, Leiden University, The Netherlands
- 2018 - Astronomer / European ALMA Programme Scientist, European Southern Observatory
- 2010 - (Associate) Research Fellow (“Full” since 2015, temporary transfer since 2018), Academia Sinica, Taiwan
- 2006 - 2011 Lecturer of Physics and Astronomy (tenured since 2009), University of Manchester
- 2005 - 2007 Assistant Professor of Astronomy, University of Virginia, USA