Kuipers began his career in 1988 as a Masters student in the group of Ad Lagendijk at AMOLF. From 1990 to 1994 he did his PhD research in the group of Joost Frenken. From 1994 to 1997 he was a post-doc, and later lecturer in Cambridge and Birmingham, and in 1997 he moved to Twente University to become assistant professor and, in 2000, associate professor and program director at the MESA+ instititute. In 2003 he returned to AMOLF to start the NanoOptics research group. In 2006 he became head of the Nanophotonics department and member of the management team of AMOLF. In 2003 he received an NWO VICI grant and from 2005 to 2010 he was a member of ‘The Young Academy’ of the KNAW. In 2013 Kuipers received an ERC Advanced Grant, and in 2015 he chaired the Dutch organizing committee of the International Year of Light 2015. Kuipers holds part-time chairs at Twente University and at Utrecht University.
Kobus Kuipers is one of the pioneers in the field of nanophotonics. He is internationally recognized for developing techniques that probe the electric and magnetic field of light on the nanometer length scale and the femtosecond time scale. With these techniques he obtained novel insights in the fundamental properties of light in nanostructures.
Kuipers has strongly contributed to the development of the nanophotonics research field in the Netherlands. Together with Albert Polman, he founded the Center for Nanophotonics at AMOLF, and made it a leading center for nanophotonics research. Since November 2016 Prof. dr. Kuipers is head of the QuantumNano department in TU Delft, part of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience.