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The ING Support and Research Studentship Programme
ING student besides the INT telescope
Applications for the 2021/2022 studentship programme are opened until 31-st March 2021.
This programme offers six ING studentship positions (Sep 2021 - Sep 2022).
The 2.5-m Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) is operated at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain) by the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING). The INT is used for astrophysical research by a large community of astronomers worldwide. It currently hosts two highly competitive instruments: the Wide Field Camera (WFC), which offers one of the largest broad- and narrow-band filter sets available for wide field imaging, and the Intermediate Dispersion Spectrograph (IDS), a versatile long-slit spectrograph. The following poster is a summary of the programme: "Student training at the telescope in the 10-m era".
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 site.The following videos feature the Isaac Newton Telescope:
The INT Support and Research Studentship programme offers astronomy
and astrophysics PhD, MSc and undergraduate students a 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.
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. In 2021-2022, the INT students may have an opportunity to help with the commissioning of the WHT's ambitious new 1000-fibre multi-object spectrograph, WEAVE, and/or to help with WEAVE survey operations.
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.
Each year, the ING students can volunteer to participate in some outreach activities organised at the ING sea level office and Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (ORM), such as guiding the visitors, students or amateur astronomers to visit our telescopes, participate in astro-photography activities, get involved in school visits and historical celebrations of our telescopes.
RequirementsThe candidate must meet the following requirements:
QualificationsCandidates meeting any of the following (non-mandatory) criteria are particularly welcome:
Other activities during the ING studentship program in La Palma
Public-outreach photographs taken by the 2018/19 students.
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.
Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes
Apartado de correos 321, E-38700, Santa Cruz de La Palma, SPAIN
Fax:+34 922 425 401
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