Radio astronomy facilities
Jodrell Bank is one of the world's leading centres for radio astronomy and is involved in the operation, construction and use of a number of world-leading radio astronomy facilities, including e-Merlin, ALMA and SKA.
The research interests of the centre have widened to encompass almost every area of astrophysics from star formation to the cosmic ray background and staff and students make full use of international facilities across the entire electromagnetic spectrum, including optical, infrared and sub-millimetre wavebands.
As well as the permanent staff, astronomers from around the world frequently visit Jodrell Bank for periods of days to months, to make observations, reduce data, or participate in technical and astrophysical collaborative projects.
Major computing systems
Jodrell Bank hosts a number of major computing systems, including a 1440 CPU core cluster, a 326 CPU core based cluster for simulations and many individual powerful workstations for offline data processing, all served by high-speed connections to the internet. Students have access to these systems should they require them for their projects, in addition to being allocated a PC for their normal computing requirements. We have a rolling programme of renewal of our student computing equipment.
Events, lectures and workshops
Colloquia by visiting scientists are held weekly at Jodrell Bank during term-time. A less formal "Internal Seminars" series provides a forum for staff, postdocs and students to present their recent work, report back from international conferences, and occasionally review the literature! Typically several one- or two-day research workshops are held at Jodrell Bank each year. Students are expected to attend these events as part of their general astronomical education. Students may also be encouraged to attend particular lecture courses or astronomy workshops organised in Manchester.