Summer Research Programme

The Summer Research Programme enables advanced undergraduate or graduate students in astronomy from around the world to carry out a summer research project. This is done at ASTRON under the supervision of our research staff.

The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) announce the availability of a limited number of grants for their 2020 Summer Research Programme. The Programme enables astronomy students (graduate or advanced under-graduate) to spend the summer (10-12 weeks) at the institute in Dwingeloo in the Netherlands, conducting astronomical research under the supervision of ASTRON and JIVE staff members.

Possible topics

There are many possible topics of research, including radio galaxies and quasars, aspects of observational cosmology, continuum and line emission/absorption from normal and starburst galaxies, stellar maser astrometry, faint radio sources, pulsar timing, pulsar searching, synchrotron transients, fast radio bursts, molecular clouds, cosmic magnetism, space science as well as algorithm development.

The projects are defined from ongoing active research and the final research plans will be discussed and refined together with the successful candidates.

ASTRON operates the LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR), a cutting-edge, low-frequency, multi-field aperture array telescope that is using transformational technologies and novel software approaches to explore the Universe between 10-240 MHz. ASTRON also operates the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) which is equipped with the APERTIF phased array feeds, greatly increasing the survey speed of the telescope.

JIVE is the main data processor centre of the European VLBI Network (EVN) and is leading the development of real-time e-VLBI in Europe. For more information see the institutes’ websites.

The research grants will provide successful candidates with accommodation in the locality of the Observatory in Dwingeloo, a modest stipend for up to three months, and full travel reimbursement. We expect the participants to start early June 2022 to ensure overlap of the participants so they can fully benefit from the scheduled lectures and social activities.

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2022 00:00 CET (Central European Time).

The ongoing COVID pandemic adds some uncertainty, especially for those traveling from overseas. In case it is necessary to change or even cancel the 2022 programme, we will inform all selected participants well in advance.

Applications for the programme should be sent via the registration form at this website. Please note that two letters of reference are needed; names and contact information of referees should be filled in BEFORE you can submit your application. Deadline for applications is 1 February 2022 23:59 CET (Central European Time).

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Contact

If you have any questions about the program, please get in touch with us at summerprogramme@astron.nl

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