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Deadline: Monday 4 April 2020

Introduction

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. 

Requirements

The candidate must meet the following requirements:

  1. EU or UK citizenship or possession of a EU or UK national student residence permit.
  2. Hold the status of “registered student” throughout the year to be spent on La Palma, i.e. enrolment in an astronomy PhD (preferably the early years of the PhD) or MSc program or in the final years of an undergraduate astronomy or physics course at a recognised university or research institution.
  3. Possession of a valid driving licence by the time of taking up the position on La Palma.
  4. A strong interest in observational astrophysics and/or astronomical instrumentation.
  5. A good working knowledge of English (and knowledge of Spanish is an advantage).
  6. 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.
  7. The placement is conditional on the student undergoing a medical examination (usually in the home country, to be reimbursed by the ING) to ensure the student’s fitness for duty, especially at the altitude of the Observatory on La Palma.

Qualifications

Candidates meeting any of the following (non-mandatory) criteria are particularly welcome:

  1. Citizenship of (or residence in) one of the three ING partner countries: Spain, UK or the Netherlands.
  2. A working knowledge of the Linux/UNIX operating systems and the IRAF astronomical data-reduction software.
  3. Research interests similar to those of ING staff (see ING research staff and their interests).
  4. Experience of observing and data reduction.

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 to the INT studentship program manager, Ovidiu Vaduvescu (ovidiuv@ing.iac.es). 

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