Summer Research Programme

The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) announce up to 7 grants to participate in their 2022 Summer Research Programme.

The Programme is an opportunity for students with astronomy, physics, computer science or comparable backgrounds to spend the summer (10-12 weeks) at a world-leading research institute and to conduct astronomical studies under the supervision of ASTRON and JIVE staff members. The programme is not aimed at engineering or electronics students.

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).

More information about recent summer student programmes can be found at this webpage.

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 application 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 00:00 CET (Central European Time).

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