Its imaging and spectroscopic capabilities make the INT a unique hands-on
training facility for students just starting their careers in astronomy and
astrophysics. The INT offers visitor-mode observations only, so a high
degree of interaction with visiting astronomers working in a wide variety
of topics is guaranteed. Further information on the facilities, staff, and
achievements can be found at our web
The following videos feature the Isaac Newton Telescope:
The INT Support and Research Studentship programme offers astronomy
and astrophysics PhD, MSc and undergraduate students the unique opportunity to spend one year at
ING as INT support astronomers, and to be involved in ING projects related to instrumental, optical, or software development,
improvement and/or characterisation. The rest of the time (~60%) is devoted to their thesis work or other research interests.
Students interested in any field of observational astronomy and/or astronomical instrumentation are welcome.
The following video shows the participation of one of the ING students (Liam Hardy, from Univ. of Sheffield) in the movie "Exoplanet transit" by the journalist and film maker Brady Haran, included in the series "Deep Sky Videos".
Accommodation for the whole year is provided by the ING. The flats
are within walking distance of ING's sea level
headquarters. Students also receive a monthly stipend to cover their living
expenses on La Palma. Several nights at the INT are usually available for
observations related to the students' research activity.
ING is a widely recognised astronomical research institution which also
runs the 4.2-m William Herschel Telescope (WHT). The WHT is one of the most scientifically productive and versatile
telescopes of its class in the world. The INT student support
astronomers will also have a chance to be exposed to the
instrumentation and observations at the WHT. The ING headquarters
are located in Santa Cruz de La Palma and have modern computing, data reduction,
and communication facilities. Access to a library, meeting rooms, etc. is
also provided. Joint seminars with other institutions on scientific or
technical topics and also visits to other ORM telescopes will be organised.
The astronomical family on La Palma is relatively large, so professional and
social contacts are frequent.
Being a European citizen or in possession of an European student
Enrolment in an astronomy PhD or MSc program, or in the final year
of an undergraduate astronomy or physics course at a recognised
university or research institution. Preference is given to students from
the UK, Spain and the Netherlands.
A strong interest in observational astrophysics and/or astronomical
A good working knowledge of English; knowledge of Spanish is an
A working knowledge of the Linux/UNIX operating systems and the IRAF
astronomical data reduction software is a plus.
Ability and willingness to work during day or night, occasionally
also on weekends or public holidays, at an altitude of 2400 metres above sea
level, and to take up residence on La Palma for the duration of the studentship.
The placement is conditional on you undergoing a medical examination to ensure
your fitness for duty, especially at the altitude of the Observatory on La Palma.
The duration of the studentship is one year, usually starting in
September. Four positions are offered in this call.
Students are not employees of ING, but receive a monthly stipend during their stay.
Financial support for travelling to La Palma and accomodation for the whole year are provided.
Students have right to a leave allowance of 25 days during their 1-year stay at the ING.
The working week is 37 hours. Weekend and night work does
not generate overtime payment. Instead, extra work is
compensated with free time.
When on duty at the observatory, transport up and down, accommodation,
and subsistence are provided by ING.
Office space and appropriate computer facilities at ING headquarters
Students work under the authority of the Studentship Programme Manager and the Head of
Astronomy, who determine and coordinate the tasks to be performed during the
support nights and any work related to telescope and instrument performances.
How to apply
Applicants should state in a cover letter (1-2 pages) the candidate's past and
present experience, compliance with the above requirements, motivation for working
at ING, and any other information the candidate wishes to submit for consideration.
A CV must be also attached, and the names of two referees willing to provide
letters of recommendations should be given.
The ING may subsequently request references for short-listed candidates.
Applications should be sent by e-mail, NOT LATER THAN 31 March 2016,
to the INT studentship program manager, Ovidiu Vaduvescu (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications may also be posted to:
Studentship Programme Manager Isaac Newton Group of
Telescopes Apartado de correos 321, E-38700, Santa Cruz de La Palma,
Fax:+34 922 425 401