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Work Experience at JBCA

The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA), is the astronomical research centre of the University of Manchester, and is one of the largest astrophysics groups in the country. The research interests of the JBCA span almost every area of astrophysics, from the Sun to the Big Bang and we are one of the world's most important centres for the technical development of radio telescopes and instrumentation. The JBCA is also responsible for the operation of the eMERLIN and VLBI national facilities and the Lovell telescope; the operations centre for these facilities is at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. The Observatory is also the site of the international project office for the Square Kilometre Array telescope.

We are occasionally able to take on school/A-Level students for short periods of work experience. This year's placement week will take place from 7th-11th July 2014. We can take on four students, who will spend the week working across a range of short astrophysics projects and experiments at our main research centre in the Alan Turing Building in the University of Manchester campus (see here for a campus map).

Eligibilty for the work experience programme:

We regret that we're unable to consider applications from students in earlier years, or from students who will complete their A-level courses this year. We can't consider applications for placements on alternative dates.

Applications for summer 2014 are now closed. All applications have been acknowledged - if you haven't received an email, contact ASAP.

The next work experience week is likely to be in early 2015, and will be announced on this page.