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

Possible topics of study include radio galaxies and quasars, aspects of observational cosmology, continuum and line mission/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 - or similar topics, depending on what supervisors will have to offer. The actual project the successful candidate will work on will be defined after arrangement with the local supervisor. The programme is not aimed at engineering or electronics students, though we will consider physics or computer science students with a strong interest in astronomy.

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 new 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 at the locality of the institute in Dwingeloo, a modest stipend for up to three months, and full travel reimbursement.

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2020.

To apply for the summer studentship 2020, please fill in the online application form:

Please note that in the online application form, you should give the names and details of two referees. These referees will be asked to submit a reference letter for you before February 1, 2020. This is also an online process.

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