Work experience

We have a work experience programme based at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. The programme is aimed at 1st year A-level students (Year 12) and runs twice a year for a week at a time, usually in late January/early February and in early July.

The January 2015 work experience group
The January 2015 work experience group

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 new international project office for the Square Kilometre Array telescope.

We are occasionally able to take on Year 12/A-Level students for a week-long work experience programme, where 6-12 placement students spend the week working as a team 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. The group ends the week by giving a seminar on their work to JBCA staff and PhD students.

The next work experience week will be held from 30th Jan-3rd Feb 2017. Dates are announced on this page approximately 3-4 months in advance. To apply, please complete this application form by Monday 14th November. All applicants will be contacted by the end of November.

Eligibility for the work experience programme:

  • You must be over 16
  • You should be in Year 12 (first year of A-Level) or just about to go into it
  • You have to be available for the whole week. Each day will run roughly 10am - 4pm
  • If accepted, you'll need permission from your school and a parent or guardian
  • You can apply regardless of where you live, but you'll have to arrange and pay for your own transport and/or accommodation - we can't reimburse these costs

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 also can't offer placements or work shadowing on alternative dates.

If you'd like to receive an email when applications open for the summer 2017 work experience weeks please complete this form. If you have any questions, you can contact

Did you know?

JBCA is one of the world's most important centres for the technical development of radio telescopes and instrumentation.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about work experience week at Jodrell Bank, please contact Emma Nichols.

Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 8744

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